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Golden State Warriors: Does GSW need to make a move to shore up the center position?

The Golden State Warriors are coming off one of their best road trips in recent history. Winning six of seven games on the road, including a victory over the Miami Heat that caught the attention of the national media, the Warriors continue to impress as one of the top teams in the Western Conference. From production in the sharpshooting backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to the team’s excellent forwards in David Lee and rookie Harrison Barnes, the Warriors have looked like a well-oiled machine for the first time in ages, or at least that’s what it certainly feels like due to the team’s change in philosophy and execution.

Looking at the team’s starting five, there is one position that could use an upgrade. With Andrew Bogut out recovering from micro fracture ankle surgery, center is an area that currently lacks a great player. While rookie Festus Ezeli, who recently missed a game due to a bruised right knee, has played well in the starting role, should the Warriors seek an improvement at this position?

While the combination of Ezeli, Andris Biedrins and Lee on occasion (when the team boasts a small lineup) may not look too great on paper, they have been quite an effective trio. Considering the team’s much improved efficiency when it comes to rebounding and team defense, the players at the center position have done well in cleaning up the class and providing a solid defensive-minded big man in the post.

Sure, it would be nice to see the Warriors pursue some sort of depth in a trade, but there are few center options that would fit the team’s structure and payroll without disrupting the team’s excellent chemistry. A move for a new player could upset the team’s current role and be more of a hindrance than a benefit.

While there’s no definite timetable for his return, the Warriors are better off waiting for a hopefully-healthy Bogut than a trade for a lackluster big man who probably wouldn’t contribute much more than Ezeli and Biedrins.

 Austin Chang is a Writer for Sports Out West and a San Francisco Bay Area-based sports journalist. His work can also be found on Yahoo! Sports and Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.


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Austin Chang

Austin Chang is the Associate Editor of Sports Out West and a San Francisco Bay Area-based sports journalist. His work can also be found on Yahoo! Sports and RamsTalk. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.


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