With the NBA Finals over and the Milwaukee Bucks crowned, it’s officially the offseason. And don’t look now, but the NBA Draft is only a week away. That crept up on us fast, no?
Maybe you’re just now starting to pay attention to the top prospects, what the Warriors can do with the seventh and 14th picks, and the key offseason storylines. Or maybe you’ve been plugged in all along and just want the latest intel. Either way, Bay Area News Group’s sports columnist Dieter Kurtenbach and Warriors beat writer Wes Goldberg swapped emails to get you all caught up. Goldberg kicked things off…
WES GOLDBERG: Before we get to the Warriors, Dieter, let’s talk about the Bucks. Every season’s champion impacts the future of the league, and Milwaukee rode a dominant interior scoring presence — Giannis Antetokounmpo — and a long-limbed defense to the franchise’s first title in half a century. What’s more, the Bucks went just 6-for-27 from 3-point range in the close-out Game 6 and shot 35 percent from distance in the series. That would have ranked 22nd in the league during the regular season. Now, I’m not saying that great 3-point shooting doesn’t help win rings or that we should start listening to Charles Barkley more, but between these Bucks and the 2020 champion Lakers, it’s clear that great 3-point shooting is not the necessity that many would have you believe.
This brings us back to the Dubs. GM Bob Myers said after the season that he wants to add more shooting to the roster. But with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson already in place — and coming off a season in which they were ninth in the league in 3-point shooting percentage — are the Warriors already a good-enough shooting team? Would it be smarter to prioritize size and finding ways to score in the paint after finishing the year ranked 21st in points in the paint? What do you think the Warriors should take away from the 2021 postseason?
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DIETER KURTENBACH: Good stuff. The Warriors should take away two things from this postseason:
The first is that if you want to win a …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment