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The Warriors new 'Death Lineup' is going to terrorize the NBA


Signing Kevin Durant is just the first step in building the 2016-17 Warriors. Golden State’s front office will have a lot of work to do filling out the roster with little cap space to do so. But as things stand, the Warriors have the potential to put out some of the most devastating lineups the league has ever seen.

Let’s begin with the starting five.

It’s unlikely we see Andrew Bogut with Golden State next season. The Warriors will need to shed his $12.68 million cap hit in order to fit Durant’s contract and sign free agents to complete the roster. But if the Warriors were somehow able to make things work with Bogut on the books, the starting lineup would be a monster.

warriors_bogut

Bogut is the perfect defensive anchor for a team with four capable perimeter jump-shooters. And it’s not as if teams can just go big to take advantage of this lineup. Draymond Green can hold his own against power forwards and centers, and Durant has enough length and agility to guard multiple positions.

That’s the dream starting five, but not a realistic one. Golden State will have around $5.5 million in the form of a trade exception to sign Bogut’s replacement. With all of the offense they already have on the court, the Warriors will be content with a big body who protects the rim and finishes easy opportunities.

Reports suggest they are interested in Magic center Dewayne Dedmon, who is no longer needed in Orlando after the team’s acquisitions of Bismack Biyombo and Serge Iabaka. While a lineup with Dedmon replacing Bogut isn’t nearly as intimidating, it’s still easily the most potent starting group in the NBA.

warriors_dedmon

And now we get to the main event: The Warriors’ new and improved “Death Lineup.” Move Green over to center, where he’ll be just fine defensively, and Durant to the four with Andre Iguodala replacing him at small forward. Just look at this group:

warriors_death_lineup

Is this the greatest lineup in the history of the league? I think it is. You have three elite defenders in Iguodala, Green and Thompson. Three elite shooters in Thompson, Durant and, of course, Steph Curry. And you have four players who have averaged at least five assists in a season.

These five can pass, shoot and defend at an elite level.

Golden State’s 2015-16 ‘Death Lineup’ of Curry, Thompson, Iguodala, Harrison Barnes and Green outscored teams by a ridiculous 47 points per 100 possessions, but struggled in the playoffs, which led some to say the ‘Death Lineup’ was officially figured out.

Well now the Warriors are replacing the weak link in the lineup, Barnes, with Kevin freaking Durant. Good luck figuring that one out.

There’s no such thing as the perfect lineup, but this is the closest we’ll ever get to it.

Source:USA Today






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