Since making the biggest free-agent signing of the summer by adding Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors have spent the past month filling out the rest of their roster. A few key contributors to the team that set a record with 73 regular-season wins will be playing elsewhere in the 2016-17 NBA season, forcing Golden State to add several new players.
With most of the 14-man roster complete, the Warriors’ most recent additions are players on partially guaranteed contracts. Golden State signed guard Elliot Williams and center JaVale McGee, both of whom will compete to make the team in training camp.
Williams, 27, has bounced around the NBA since being drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft. Last year, he played five games for the Memphis Grizzlies, averaging 1.6 points in nine minutes per contest.
McGee, 28, has been in the league since 2008, nearly averaging a double-double when he played for the Washington Wizards. But McGee has battled injuries in the last few seasons, playing just 62 games in the last three seasons, averaging 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds for the Dallas Mavericks in 2015-16.
McGee has a good chance to make the roster as a backup center after Golden State lost three centers this offseason. The Warriors traded starter Andrew Bogut to the Dallas Mavericks, while Festus Ezeli signed with Portland and Marreese Speights went to the Los Angeles Clippers. Golden State drafted Vanderbilt center Damian Jones with the final pick of the first round in this year’s draft, and Zaza Pachulia takes over as the starting center. Anderson Varejao is back with the team, as well.
If Williams makes the team, he’ll be part of Golden State’s efforts to replace Leandro Barbosa and Brandon Rush in the backcourt. Barbosa shot 64.3 percent from the field in the NBA Finals and made 25 starts during the regular season. Ian Clark could see an increased role after averaging just 8.8 minutes per game last year.
David West, 35, is the biggest name that Golden State added to their bench. After taking less money to play for the San Antonio Spurs last season, the power forward has joined the Warriors in search of his first ring. The veteran averaged 7.1 points and 4.0 rebounds per game for San Antonio after four solid seasons with the Indiana Pacers.
With Shaun Livingston and Sixth Man of the Year runner-up Andre Iguodala, Golden State still has one of the best benches in the NBA. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are all back in the starting lineup to unquestionably give Golden State the league’s best five-man unit.
Kevin Durant, SF
Draymond Green, PF
Zaza Pachulia, C
Stephen Curry, PG
Klay Thompson, SG
Patrick McCaw, PG
Shaun Livingston, PG
Ian Clark, SG
Kevon Looney, SF
Andre Iguodala, SF
James Michael McAdoo, PF
David West, PF
Anderson Varejao, C
Damian Jones, C
JaVale McGee, C*
Elliot Williams, SG*