Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors are in ninth place in the Western Conference standings with the NBA trade deadline approaching. Most basketball pundits believe Warriors general manager Bob Myers needs to make a trade at the deadline to bolster the roster for a playoff push.
It appears Bob Myers has been listening to the noise, as the Warriors could soon give Stephen Curry a new $72 million weapon.
The Warriors need more scorers around Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry is putting up incredible numbers for the Warriors this season. He’s averaging 29.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 6.2 assists while shooting 47.5% from the field, 40.8% from beyond the arc, and 93.0% from the free-throw line.
Despite Curry’s heroics, though, the Warriors are only averaging 112.9 points a night, which is 14th in the NBA. The second-leading scorer on Golden State is Andrew Wiggins, who is averaging 17.8 points.
To qualify for the playoffs or make the play-in tournament, the Warriors need to get more scorers next to Curry. Without Klay Thompson, Golden State lacks a second elite scorer, and it’s forcing Curry to do too much on a nightly basis.
Sensing that Stephen Curry needs more help on the perimeter, Bob Myers is looking to acquire a talented small forward at the trade deadline who signed a four-year, $72 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks this past offseason.
The Warriors are interested in Bogdan Bogdanovic
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Warriors have expressed interest in Bogdan Bogdanovic. The swingman signed a four-year, $72 million deal with the Hawks in restricted free agency.
Bogdanovic’s deal includes a 15% trade kicker. The 28-year-old has appeared in 17 games this season for the Hawks and is averaging 9.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists while shooting 38.7% from the floor, 33.0% from beyond the arc, and 92.3% from the free-throw line.
Bogdanovic missed 25 consecutive games after suffering an avulsion fracture in his right knee against the Charlotte Hornets on Jan. 9. Since returning to the Hawks’ lineup, he’s averaging 9.0 points.
The Warriors need to move on from Kelly Oubre Jr. and upgrade their wing spot. While Bogdanovic’s numbers are worse than Oubre’s, he’s a better fit next to Stephen Curry since he’s a superior shooter. Bogdanovic will also round into form soon once he gets his rhythm back.
In the rugged Western Conference, the Warriors don’t have enough firepower to reach the playoffs. It would be a shame if Stephen Curry’s MVP numbers go to waste and Golden State falls short of the postseason or the play-in tournament.
With that being said, the Warriors should do whatever it takes to get Bogdan Bogdanovic from the Hawks.
Will Stephen Curry play in another Finals?
Stephen Curry has played in five Finals and won three titles. He’s the greatest shooter in NBA history and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame one day.
However, it’s not a guarantee that Curry will lead the Warriors to another Finals appearance. Even though Klay Thompson will be back in 2021-22, it’s unclear how he’s going to play since the All-Star guard is coming back from an ACL and Achilles tear.
Stephen Curry may continue to put up monster numbers for the rest of his prime, but if he doesn’t compete for a championship, the two-time MVP will be privately upset.
Stats courtesy of Football Reference.