Jamal Crawford thinks Warriors need third scorer without Klay Thompson

Jamal Crawford thinks Warriors need third scorer without Klay Thompson

Jamal Crawford has always had the green light to shoot his shot. 

The NBA free agent is tied for 21st in league history with four 50-point games to his name, and Crawford never has averaged fewer than five field-goal attempts per game in a single season. With that context in mind, how would you read Crawford's tweeted observation from the Warriors' preseason opener Saturday? 

Now Crawford, 39, could be preparing for life off the court by honing his analysis. The Warriors certainly hope Draymond Green can fill the scoring void behind Steph Curry and D'Angelo Russell while Klay Thompson rehabs his torn ACL. Green is working to regain his 3-point shot and return to his 2015-16 heights, but at age 29, he is four years older than he was when he averaged a career-high 14.0 points per game during Golden State's 73-9 season. 

Behind Green, though, there isn't much to inspire confidence as a potential No. 3 scoring option. Rookies Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall are still learning the ins and outs of the NBA, and the same can be said of second-year pro Jacob Evans. Free-agent signee Alec Burks hasn't been a double-digit scorer over a full season since 2015-16, and Kevon Looney hasn't at any point in his four-year NBA career. 

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If Crawford's observation had an ulterior motive, it's not likely he would be a much better option. He turns 40 in March, and his scoring averages have decreased in each of the last five seasons. Even if Crawford still could be a top option, the Warriors' contract situation all but rules out a reunion with the one-time Golden State guard. 

No matter Crawford's intention, though, who emerges behind Curry and Russell will be worth watching as the Warriors settle into their new reality without Thompson and with Kevin Durant in Brooklyn. 

Steve Kerr finds unique way to compare Steph Curry to Michael Jordan

Steve Kerr finds unique way to compare Steph Curry to Michael Jordan

Three championships. Two NBA MVP awards. But what is Steph Curry's defining moment? Warriors coach Steve Kerr only needed three words to answer that question. 

"All of them," Kerr said Friday on 95.7 The Game's "Damon, Ratto & Kolsky" show.

Kerr played four seasons on the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan, the greatest player of all time. He has coached Curry for six seasons in the Bay Area. The former player turned coach knows firsthand what greatness is all about.

He also found a way to compare Curry and Jordan's greatness.

"It's a little bit like -- people ask me, 'What was it like to play with Michael Jordan?' Well, every night was a show," Kerr said. "That was the biggest thing with Michael. Every single night you just were in awe of what you were watching. And because of that, I never really thought of one moment with Michael Jordan. That's kind of how I feel with Steph.

"He's had so many big games for us, so many big shots, but there's not really one that stands out."

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Greatness isn't about one single moment. It's about a never-ending list. That's exactly what Curry's had, just like Jordan. From becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history to reaching five straight NBA Finals while changing basketball, Curry's run has been about moments, plural, without us even realizing it at times.

"The fact that he's doing things that have never been done before, he's playing in a manner that has never been done before," Kerr said. "That speaks to how good he is -- not one game or one moment."

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Nine players Warriors acquired since 2010 who never played for team

Nine players Warriors acquired since 2010 who never played for team

Last week, I broke down the best trades the Warriors have made over the last two decades, so now let's focus on Warriors transactions that you might have already forgotten about from just the last 10 years. 

Whether via trade or free agency, the Warriors have acquired, or re-acquired, players that did not suit up for a regular season or playoff game for them. 

Some of these players were big-name former stars, that might have intrigued Warriors fans. Many of them might have slipped your memory, so let's remind you.


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