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How six former Warriors from dynasty run are faring in 2019-20 season

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How six former Warriors from dynasty run are faring in 2019-20 season

Editor's note: Grant Liffmann (@grantliffmann) is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders, which airs on NBC Sports Bay Area 60 minutes after every game. Each week, Grant will drop his Outsider Observation on the state of the Dubs.

It has been a nightmare season for the Warriors as they currently sit at the bottom of the Western Conference and just a half game out of the worst record in the NBA. There are many reasons for this collapse, with major injuries being the most significant factor.

The roster was overhauled during the offseason, changing the look of a team that had seen historic success of the past half decade. Some of the players that were part of that success, and are no longer with the organization, are still playing in the league.

Let's check in on them:

JaVale McGee (Los Angeles Lakers): 37 games, 16.5 mpg, 6.9 ppg, 62% fg, 5.8 rebs, 1.7 blks

The former fan favorite has started all 37 games that he has played for the Lakers this season, and has played quite well in his minutes. He currently splits time with Dwight Howard in a center rotation that has been effective for a team that is hoping to make a title run.

McGee has served as a perfect lob threat for LeBron James, and has even made two of his last three 3-point attempts. In a funny story, he even played so well the other night blocking six shots, that he joked that the NBA was suspicious, leading to a drug test following the game.

Quinn Cook (Los Angeles Lakers): 23 games, 12.6 mpg, 4.6 ppg, 42% fg, 33% 3pt, 1.4 asts

It has not been a great season so far for Cook, as he has suffered through inconsistency with his shot, and thusly playing time. After being highly efficient in his two seasons with the Warriors, making 44 percent and 41 percent, respectively, from deep, he has been unable to find his stroke with the Lakers.

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Other than a few games in which he played heavy minutes and was able to get in a scoring groove, Cook has not been able to adapt completely to his limited minute bench position, but as Warriors fans can attest, he is always able to hit a hot streak at any moment.

Jordan Bell (Minnesota Timberwolves): 22 games, 9.4 mpg, 3.2 ppg, 51% fg, 3.1 rebs

Bell has not gotten much of an opportunity to showcase his athleticism and motor yet with the Timberwolves. He has had brief flashes of success, including a 12-point game last month, but without much playing time, it will be up to him to be a small shot of energy and hustle every time he gets on the floor.

Damian Jones (Atlanta Hawks): 34 games, 16.4 mpg, 6.3 ppg, 69% fg, 3.6 rebs, .8 blks

Jones got off to a hot start with the Hawks, and even started 20 of his 34 games played. However, as of late, his playing time has diminished, falling from over 20 minutes per game in the month of November, to under 10 minutes per game over the last couple weeks.

Foul trouble is still a problem for Jones, but at 24 years old, he is still learning the nuances of defense. Both the Hawks and the Warriors should be happy with the trade that netted the the Dubs Omari Spellman. 

Pat McCaw (Toronto Raptors): 17 games, 27.8 mpg, 6.5 ppg, 44% fg, 35% 3pt, 2.7 rebs, 2.5 asts

McCaw's overall season numbers do not tell the whole story of his season. Pat started the season off the bench, but has since started 11 games and has been a key piece of the Raptors rotation. He has also put up some very impressive games, including one in which he scored 18 points to go with seven rebounds and eight assists, as well as his most recent game, when he scored 13 points, collected five rebounds and dished out a career-high 11 assists.

McCaw is finally realizing his potential, and putting up the numbers that the Warriors expected he would eventually do some day.

[RELATED: Barnes' leadership critical to Kings]

Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings): 38 games, 35 mpg, 15.3 ppg, 45% fg, 35% 3pt, 4.9 rebs, 2.2 asts

Since leaving the Warriors, Barnes has become a featured piece on the Mavericks as well as currently on the Kings. The highly-paid forward has put up consistent, though not spectacular numbers with Sacramento. Many Warriors fans were sad to see Barnes leave the team following the 73-win season, but in doing so, the Warriors netted Kevin Durant, so it is unlikely anyone is looking back and wondering what-if.

Ex-Warriors center Damian Jones scores career-high 16 in Hawks' win

Ex-Warriors center Damian Jones scores career-high 16 in Hawks' win

During his three years with the Warriors, the most points Damian Jones scored in a single game was 13.

Earlier this season, his first with the Hawks, Jones scored 14 against the Suns. On Monday night, he topped both of those numbers.

In his first game against his former team, Jones dropped in a career-high 16 points, helping the Hawks beat the Warriors 104-79.

“You always like to see a guy go against his former team and come out and play well and I thought it was good to see Damian’s performance tonight," Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce told reporters after the game in Atlanta. "But I thought his defense in the first half particularly, he was a presence around the rim, he altered a few shots and he got obviously a couple easy baskets around the rim as well.

Jones also grabbed eight rebounds, dished out one assist and had one steal.

Even Hawks star guard Trae Young knew it was a big game for Jones.

"He’s playing against his old team, so there’s probably a little bit more motivation to go out there and play harder, and just put on a show for his old team," Young told reporters. "I don’t know how he’s feeling … I didn’t want to ask him about it, but it’s probably a little bit of motivation playing against his old team.”

The Warriors thought highly of Jones when they drafted him with the No. 30 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

But because they are hard-capped due to the D'Angelo Russell-Kevin Durant sign-and-trade, the Warriors needed to shed payroll anyway they could. Which is why they traded Jones to Atlanta for Omari Spellman. Golden State saved roughly $400,000 this season by making the trade.

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It probably stung the Warriors front office to have to give up on a talented player like Jones, but they should feel good that the 24-year-old is averaging a career-high 6.9 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in Atlanta.

The Warriors would also like it if Jones didn't set a new career-high when the two teams meet again in March.

How seven former Warriors are playing for their new teams this season

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How seven former Warriors are playing for their new teams this season

Following a complete roster overhaul and an absurd amount of injuries, the 2019-20 Warriors hardly are recognizable compared to the past few years.

The only remaining players on the roster from a team that went to the NBA Finals last season are Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney, Jacob Evans III and Damion Lee. Of the players that had moved on from the Warriors from last season, many of them have not seen any basketball action for various reasons.

That list includes Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and DeMarcus Cousins. Let's check in on the former Warriors who are currently playing basketball:

Quinn Cook: 14.6 mpg, 5.2 ppg, 41% FG, 32% 3FG, 1.8 apg

Cook moved on to the Los Angeles Lakers, as part of an improved bench to support the star-studded squad. So far in this young season, Cook has struggled to find consistency. After averaging 21 minutes per game in October, his playing time has fallen considerably to about 12 minutes in November.

Excluding two games where he combined to go 5-for-8 from long distance, Cook has struggled to find his shooting stroke from deep, making only four of his 20 3-point shots in all the other games combined. As Warriors fans know, Cook can be streaky at times, so more likely than not, he will grow accustomed to his new team and end up contributing primarily with his normally efficient shot.

Alfonzo McKinnie: 10.4 mpg, 3 ppg, 41% FG, 50% 3FG, 2.1 rpg

Zo was a late-cut for the Warriors once the team needed to find a roster spot for Marquese Chriss, and he quickly was scooped up on waivers by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The small forward started the season completely out of the rotation, but has since seen his role grow considerably.

A couple games ago, McKinnie played 30 minutes and scored 14 points while going 3-for-6 from deep. Last season with the Warriors, McKinnie started red-hot out the gate, and then injuries and inefficient shooting derailed his overall play as the year went along.

He will try to improve on his consistency in a growing role with the Cavs.

Jordan Bell: 8.3 mpg, 4 ppg, 53% FG, 3.7 rpg

Bell only has played six games so far this season as he has dealt with injuries throughout training camp and into the first weeks of the season. His minutes mostly have come in garbage time situations for the Timberwolves, but he has performed well in his limited playing time.

It will be hard for him to crack the rotation for a team that has a solid frontcourt, but Bell has the potential to be an electrifying bench piece if given the right set of circumstances.

Damian Jones: 16.9 mpg, 6.2 ppg, 66% FG, 3.6 rpg, .8 bpg

Out of all the bench pieces that currently are playing, the Warriors might miss Jones the most to start the season. In five of the 13 games he has played, Jones has shown off his normal athletic, bouncy talents for the Hawks. He even has hit two of four shots from 3-point range this season.

In November, he is averaging nearly 20 minutes per game and his playing time is rising. The Warriors also are happy with Omari Spellman, whom they acquired for Jones, and it seems like it has been a win-win trade for each team.

Marcus Derrickson: (G League) 26.6 mpg, 15 ppg, 45% FG, 33% 3FG, 6.3 rpg

The former Warriors two-way player has played four games for the College Park Skyhawks of the NBA G League. The 6-foot-7 power forward out of Georgetown will try to earn his way back to the NBA, and will have to do so by being a small stretch-four that can hit shots from deep consistently.

Jonas Jerebko: (EuroLeague) 19 mpg, 8.9 ppg, 50% FG, 36% 3FG, 3.3 rpg

After playing so well to start the season for the Warriors, Jerebko's game fell off considerably in the second half. After not receiving any NBA offers of his liking, Jerebko instead went overseas to Moscow and now plays for Khimki of the EuroLeague. 

[RELATED: Barnes details 'We Believe' Dubs' party after upsetting Mavs]

Andrew Bogut: (NBL Australia) 22.8 mpg, 7.9 ppg, 52% FG, 10.2 rpg, 1.2 bpg

Bogut returned to the NBA to help a depleted Warriors team compete in the playoffs last season after playing 28 games for the Sydney Kings in Australia. He returned back to his homeland to play for the Kings this season, and will have the option once their season is done to get picked up by an NBA team yet again.

With the Warriors in a rebuilding year, it is highly unlikely there will be a reunion this season.