NBA Analysis: Time for Warriors to Go After Sixers Speights?


Before you roll your eyes and think, "lame idea" - I would like to first encourage you to put this in the "not going to propel the Warriors into the playoffs, but could make them better" category. 

Here's what everybody knows... Andris Biedrins is not good and definitely not the answer at center. We also know that the Warriors do not have a lot of money to spend.

We know that even with the acquisition of David Lee, they were one of the worst rebounding teams in the league. And we know that they need to get deeper on the bench and bigger on the front line.

Based on all of that information, there is a player who appears to be available and can be a nice addition to bolster the front line and probably won't break the bank. Marreese Speights from the Philadelphia 76ers is a 6'10", 250 pound forward/center out of the University of Florida. He was selected 16th overall in the 2008 draft after leaving following his Sophomore season. 

He has only been in the league for two years and despite a partial MCL tear this past season, Speights has put up some pretty decent numbers including 7.7 points and 3.7 rebounds his rookie year with 50% field goal percentage and 8.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 2009/10 in 62 games. His averages dipped this season because of playing behind Elton Brand, Spencer Hawes and Darius Songaila. He only averaged 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds.  

But, he made $1.77M this season and becomes a restricted free agent after next season. I read that the Sixers are open to trading him and perhaps Speights adds some bulk to the W's.

Again, not a major impact move but could be a nice piece... 


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