Grading the trade for the Golden State Warriors
Suddenly, it appears the Golden State Warriors require an influx of talent. Despite starting the season with a 6-2 record, the Warriors are now sitting at 6-8.
The once-progressive offense has run stale. The Warriors are still launching a bevy of 3-pointers, however, they rank in the bottom 10 in the NBA in 3-point percentage at 35.1 percent. For reference, the Warriors have only shot below 36 percent once in the past 15 seasons.
Golden State isn't shooting the ball well from particularly anywhere. The Warriors are bottom 5 in field goal percentage, shooting 44.3 percent from the floor. Steph Curry is still playing fantastic basketball, but the rest of the roster has underachieved.
Including Curry, only three players on the roster shoot the three-ball better than 44 percent. And only two players shoot above 50 percent from the floor. Golden State no longer employs efficient shooters across the roster.
The Warriors also lack shot creators. Only two players have less than 50 percent of their two-point makes assisted. And the Warriors don't roster a single player who has less than 50 percent of their 3-pointers assisted.
Trading for Jaden Hardy by no means solves the Warriors' offensive issues. But, he helps in a pinch. A year ago, Hardy shot 43.8 percent from the floor and 40.4 percent from beyond the arc. This season, in fewer minutes, his efficiency is down, but he's still does provide a knack for scoring and advanced shot creation.
It's only a matter of time before the young guard gets going offensively. And when he does, watch out. Coming off the bench in Golde State, Hardy would get the opportunity to play next to Chris Paul, a plus-defender who would give Hardy plenty of open looks from distance.
Other than Hardy, the Warriors would receive Richaun Holmes from the Mavs. Holmes is currently out of the rotation in Dallas, but he could contribute as a backup center on another squad. In his last full year as a starter, Holmes averaged 14.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
A center rotation of Kevon Looney and Holmes might not wow anyone, but at least Golden State would have the option of defending players like Nikola Jokic with multiple bigs. Instead of throwing Looney and the 6-foot-6 Draymond Green at opposing bigs.
Sending out Jonathan Kuminga is the biggest loss for the Warriors in this deal. The 21-year-old still offers tantalizing potential. It's up to the Warriors whether or not they'd like to hold onto the young, athletic forward.
Conversely, it's up to Kuminga whether he wants to continue waiting in the wings on a veteran-laden Golden State squad that will likely compete as long as Curry plays.
Potential starting lineup: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney
The Warriors receive a B for this trade. Shipping out Kuminga may not be the best idea, but a Hardy-for-Kuminga swap isn't overly lopsided. Plus, Golden State acquires additional draft picks in preparation for the future.