Golden State Warriors Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson are both willing to make the sacrifice—with lesser minutes or giving up the starting spot—to pave way for new acquisition Andre Iguodala, who was signed by the team in the offseason.
Andre Iguodala with the Denver Nuggets last season
In two separate articles by Marcus Thompson II of mercurynews.com, here and here, both Barnes and Thompson sent similar messages which should bode well for the team, which has discovered a new-found depth at the wing spots with the arrival of Iggy.
“You can still be a great player off the bench ... I'm not too worried about (starting). I'm just worried about getting better and getting in the best shape I can,” said Thompson, who averaged career highs of 35.8 minutes per game in the regular season and 41.3 minutes per game in the playoffs in the 2012-2013 season.
The sophomore guard-forward also started all of Golden State’s games, or a total of 94 games combined for the regular season and the post-season.
"I feel confident about this team and where we can go. Regardless if I'm starting or coming off the bench, I think we have a chance to make a serious playoff push,” shared Barnes, who started in 81 games played in his first year with the franchise while averaging 25.4 minutes per game. In 12 games in the playoffs, the average got bumped up to 38.4 minutes per game.
In the current scheme of things at Golden State, Thompson is projected to be the starting shooting guard while Barnes will likely move to backup both forward spots.
Golden State also signed free agents center Jermaine O’Neal, forward-center Marreese Speights and guard Tony Douglas—all figures to see respectable time on the floor as backups.
The Warriors golden acquisition this offseason, however, is Iguodala whom the franchise signed to a 4-year deal worth roughly $48M.
An NBA All-Star in 2012 and NBA All-Defensive Second Team member in 2011, Iggy played for the Philadelphia 76ers from 2004 to 2012 before being traded to the Nuggets last year. He has started 695 of 695 career games with averages of 15.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.8 steals in 37.4 minutes per game.
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