Flash Falcon X wrote:No ones thinking that.
D-Lo and Klay are two completely different players.
With D-Lo, Steph will get to play off-ball while D-Lo handles and initiates the offense. It’s a much different component than Klay because Russell can actually dribble.
Have you ever seen Klay run point while Steph plays off-ball? No you haven’t. It’s usually Draymond or Iggy who would handle while Steph plays off the ball and the defense never worried about Draymond or Iggy scoring—but with D-Lo handling, it’s a different story.
Once Klay gets back, you also got Steph and Klay playing off-ball while D-Lo handles. The defense has to worry about not just the Splash Brothers, but Russell with the ball as well who can easily score on his own, or set up a big like WCS/Looney, or swing it to Draymond to keep the ball moving, etc.
And yes, the Warriors can play all three of D-Lo, Steph and Klay. People forget they Klay can play SF, and people don’t realize how tall Klay Thompson actually is. Klay is taller than Andre Iguodala—Klay is 6’7”.
Also, aside from those three running together. You’ll also see Steph and D-Lo stagger their minutes throughout games as well. Which means the Warriors will always have someone running the offense on full blast all game.
People tend to automatically think, “Steph is a point. D-Lo is a point. LOL STEVE AND STEPHON KNICKS AGAIN,” and call it a day but really D-Lo adds an intriguing component to the Warriors once you give it some thought.
I agree Klay can play SF, but it does pose a problem on the defensive end. One of the benefits of the Klay/Curry backcourt was that Klay could cover the better offensive guard.
Now you will have a Curry/DLo backcourt, and Klay will likely be stuck guarding a bigger wing that Curry wouldn't be able to handle.
And since Klay is a much more impactful man defender, as opposed to help defender, I just don't see the situation as ideal.
The trio of Curry, Klay, and Draymond have done it before, so having Dlo is a bonus. I just think using him as a trade piece to get a wing and some depth would be more beneficial