Warriors Report Card: Grades for each player on roster this season
It was an interesting quarter for Bell, who was a DNP-CD in nine of the 21 games. He had a distinctive low, a heated exchange with coach Steve Kerr on Jan. 21 in Los Angeles. Bell also had several highs, mostly toward the end of the quarter, and is deserving of more minutes.
From a C last quarter, he’s up to a solid C-plus.
The Warriors can live with his poor defense if his shots are falling. They are not. He’s on the team to provide bench scoring. After earning a contract with great shooting last season, he has struggled mightily this season. He was 6-of-36 from deep during the quarter. Yes, his minutes are sporadic. But we’ve seen do much better.
Cousins made his Warriors debut on Jan. 18 against the Clippers in LA. He has been inconsistent, as expected after a one-year layoff, with about as many remarkable moments (mostly on offense) as rusty, ponderous moments (mostly on defense). On the whole, he has been about as good as could reasonably be expected.
Curry was incredible over the first half of the quarter, shooting with efficiency and racking up five games with at least 30 points, with two over 40. He hit a lull as the calendar turned to February, with numbers dropping appreciably across the board.
That was enough to drop his grade from A-plus to A-minus.
His 3-ball was streaky, but everything else in his scoring arsenal was superb. He shot 56.2 percent overall. He scored at least 20 points in all but one game. His turnovers dropped, but so did his rebounding, assists and, oddly, his free throw percentage. The dips were too slight to drop his grade.
He gets a firm A.
Jacob Evans III
Aside from a seven-minute stint in a blowout at Denver, Evans was invisible or in the G-League. Grade: Inc.
There were flashes of greatness, with Green putting his stamp on several games, practically willing victory. He also had little to no effect in an unusually high number of games. When he said he didn’t earn All-Star status, he was right. This is his most challenging season since becoming a full-time starter.
Every now and then, his numbers sparkled. Mostly, though, it was his game that shined. He does so many subtle things that benefit his teammates. His 3-ball was bad and good in equal amounts, but he shot 57 percent and made winning plays at both ends. The assist-turnover ratio remains insane. He’s 35.
Jerebko was hired mostly to rebound and stretch the floor with his shot. The rebounding is OK. The shot is not. He was 8-of-26 (30.8 percent) from deep for the quarter. This may be the reason for his declining minutes. It also may be the cause. Much like Cook, Jerebko must shoot his way back more playing time.
Jones underwent surgery in December for torn pectoral muscle and likely is out for the season.
His reliable midrange jumper returned at the start of the quarter, during which he shot 56.4 percent. His defense has declined a bit, resulting in more fouls due to reaching. He’s still a solid security blanket for the second unit. He needs a strong finish to have chance of persuading the Warriors for another full season.
After a solid first two quarters, particularly on defense, Looney has fallen off a bit. Whether it’s a direct result of Cousins being activated is not clear, though it was well known that Looney would return to the bench. He wasn’t as active on defense and his offense, once efficient, has become laborious.
He did plenty of things to help the team, climbing the glass, being active on defense and in the paint. His outside shot has deserted him, though. He made four triples in a game in October. He was 7-of-26 from deep in the quarter. His teammates were supportive, but that aspect was a struggle.
After a poor start on offense, Thompson recovered with a splash. His on-ball defense generally was steady during the quarter, but his shooting was absurd -- 47.4 percent from deep and 51 percent overall. Even his assist totals are rising, which is a by-product of playing with Cousins. Can’t ask for much more.