wco81 wrote:Warriors Analyst wrote:Mylie10 wrote:
On the 3 inches taller thing. I get you on that. That’s why, me....I’d play him as a backup at the 2. I’d have his height be a benefit by making him a big guard and less a small forward. He can move and catch and shoot like Klay, but obviously not as good as Klay. As a small forward he’s on the smaller side.
Yeah, as long as you have someone else on the court that can handle a bit next to him, I'm fine with him being the nominal 2. I remember in the first preseason game against the Lakers, it really stood out to me how small this team was when I saw GRIII out there guarding Lebron. Next to Klay, I think it would be fine. Klay is about the same height, it's remarkable how strong Klay has become. He's a rugged defender in the post. I'm more confident than most about his ability to be our primary defender on the bigger 3's in the league. Hell, I think he can play some 4 on defense as well.
I don't think Klay can guard Lebron or Kawhi all game. They will take him in the paint and draw fouls against him or he will have to let him shoot.
Plus he's still needed to guard the big PG and SG scoring threats on the other team, giving Steph some relief on the defensive end.
GSW needs a couple of wings who are at least strong enough to make the Lebron and Kawhi's work. Iggy was undersized but was effective against Lebron at times because he had ridiculously great hands. Maybe among young players the only one who can be llke that is Thybulle. But Dame lit him up for 51 points yesterday.
I suspect Wiggins will guard the smaller, quicker guards. I suspect the Warriors will try and preserve Klay's legs some. Wiggins' issues with defense seem to have been about his focus. Chasing around smaller guys is a good way to stay engaged and avoid off-ball mental lapses.
I do agree though, there is a need for a bigger defensive wing. James Johnson on the TPE could be nice for that purpose. If Paschall can cut down the fouls, he'd be a good and useful body to throw against the bog boys.