Last nights game for the Warriors is telling a story that needs to be discussed. Hardly anyone will talk about, because it will be around the fact that Kevin Durant is still trying to learn the offense and that Warriors will still be the best team in basketball before the end of the year. However, there are a couple of numbers that people are over looking because we look at the flashy stats of points and we go crazy over the highlights that ESPN gives us on a nightly bases. The category I am talking about is the need for a big man who can rebound the ball for this team.
If you look at the individual stats of the team last night on rebounding, you will see as a Warriors fan that Draymond Green was able to lead the team in rebounds with 12 and Durant was the second in rebounds with 10. As good as that is, I believe that these two rebounding will cause the down fall of the Warriors as the season continues. Here why.
When looking at the stats of rebounding they were able to keep up on the defensive end of rebounding the ball, but on the offensive end, it was a different story. The Spurs had 21 offensive rebounds to the Warriors 8 (9 if you count the team rebound). The last offensive rebound for the Warriors was at the 10:26 mark of the fourth quarter. It was a team offensive rebound, the next closes one was at the 4:05 mark during the third quarter and that was done by David West. If you break down all the offensive rebounds from these rebounds of the fourth quarter, it looks like this.
Andre Iguodala offensive rebound at mark 2:55 of the second quarter. Draymond Green offensive rebounds 3rd quarter at marks 11:15, 8:34, 8:33, 5:05, and 4:56. Zaza Pachulia offensive rebound at the 8:30 mark of the third quarter. These numbers are scary for Warrior fans who actually look at the entire picture. Yes they spread the floor, and they are one of the greatest small ball teams in the league. But what will happen when they run into the Cavaliers who will most likely be crashing the boards all night with Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love?
Warriors need to get a big man, who’s soul purpose is to rebound, rebound, rebound. The Warriors can make it all season with their starting line up and score lights out when they are on. They still need a big man who can just rebound. If they can get that man, the Warriors will win the NBA finals hands down. Warriors might want to consider trading to get Tyson Chandler who can make Draymond Green’s job easier. If Draymond isn’t having to use his energy to rebound on every possession of the game, he will be able to be more effective on the offensive end of the ball. It will also help Kevin Durant with being able to focus more on scoring while at the same time, being the third option with rebounding.
Tyson Chandler can help the Warriors get over the top. His toughness of crashing the boards becomes addicting. He would feed off of Draymond when it comes to playing the game and since he is able to rebound the ball, he would make the Warriors that much more of a threat in the West. However, to make that trade will be a problem because of the salary cap that they have. So the Warriors need to either find a Tyson like player or find someway to get that man on that team. Doing so, will result in the Warriors winning it all this year.