Why the signing of JaMychal Green from the Warriors was so important to free agency

SAN FRANCISCO – Before Andre Iguodala officially returned to the Warriors to end his nearly two-decade career, the Warriors’ seat in the 2022-23 NBA season wasn’t quite ripe with experience.

Including rookies Patrick Baldwin Jr. and Ryan Rollins, this unit consists of one 19-year-old, three 20-year-olds and a 21-year-old who missed the entirety of last season. It will be led by a 23-year-old who is expected to establish himself as a star. The average age of players Steve Kerr can pull off the bench before Iguodala’s final decision is 22.5 years old.

Among eight players, the average years of group experience in the NBA before Iguodala was 2.25 years.

That’s what makes the Warriors’ JaMychal Green signature during the holiday so important. The pups desperately needed a big dog to guide the herd down a path of repetition as champions.

“I’m thrilled to have JaMychal,” Kerr said last week at the Chase Center before the boot camp began. “I thought Otto Porter and [Nemanja] Last year’s Peleka was a big cut for our team. Veteran players who just knew how to play the game. Good shooters, smart screens, rebounds and this is how I see JaMychal. He is really a good player.

“Given all the youngsters on our squad who came off the bench, I viewed JaMychal as an important addition to our team, and I’m very excited to have him.”

During the holiday season, Warriors lose a lot of experience that their high-potential seat doesn’t have. Porter is 29 years old, entering his 10th season and has made the playoffs five times. The 34-year-old made his professional debut in 2007 in Austria, played seven seasons in the NBA and made the playoffs three times. Damion Lee turns 30 next month and begins his sixth season in the NBA. Juan Toscano Anderson and Gary Payton II are both 29 years old, Payton turns 30 in December. They have seen everything and become heroes like the Warriors.

They are gone, all five of them. The second unit of warriors Very good could be better This season she has more outstanding talent on paper. But the Golden State was left with a huge gap of daring and knowledge and gained wisdom on hardwood.

Green is 32 years old. He’s entering his ninth season in the NBA and has made the playoffs seven times. The Warriors have been keeping an eye on him for much longer than this last season, and they are well aware of what he brings to the table.

The Green Warriors have faced off 23 times in the regular season, and in three different playoff series. Back in 2019, a season in which he averaged 9.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while firing 40.4 percent on triples, Greene went 12 to 23 from a 3-point range (52.2 percent) for the Los Angeles Clippers against the Warriors. In the first round. Western Conference Qualifiers. For the series, he averaged 11.0 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

It all looks so good and great. Returning to health from a wrist injury he dealt with last season in Denver, Green should be able to hit the ball from depth much better than his 26.6 percent clip and much closer to the 36.6 percent of his career outside the arc – especially with the open game he appears to be. He will fall into the warriors attack. And it’s nowhere near the main reason Warriors signed him to a one-year, $2.6 million contract.

Once he gets his feet wet and feels more comfortable in Kerr’s regime, teaching Greene about all the little things and leading his young teammates by example should go smoothly.

“It’s weird being the new guy,” Green said Sunday during Warriors Media Day. “Be really calm now until I’ve broken the ice. Other than that, man, I feel fine.

“They play hard. They chase the teams. They didn’t realize how great a defensive team this was. So just a tough team to come by and they’re playing the right way.”

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Upon his arrival, Green mentioned several times in his introductory press conference that he was here to be a dog. The Warriors have lost a piece of their hearts and souls this off season, and the Alabama Sons are ready to repair any holes left behind.

From his playing days to his coaching career, Kerr knows just how important that is. Between JaMychal and Draymond Green, Kerr may have to collect the latest edition of The Bay from the Bash Brothers, too.

It’s going to be fun,” JaMychal said of playing with Draymond, the person he first played with in the eighth grade at AAU. “We will be exposed to a lot of people. There will be a lot of trash talk. There will be a lot of vibration.

“That’s what I live for. I love it.”

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