Warriors land Crawford, Brooks in trade with Celtics

1/15/14 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Just about every team in the NBA is jealous of what the Golden State Warriors have in their backcourt. Between Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson - who are first and second on the team in scoring, respectively - the Warriors are getting 42.2 points per game. In addition, both guards can knock down the three ball with the best, are solid rebounders for their positions, and average at least one steal per contest. The depth behind these two stars, however, was seen as an issue in Golden State.

The leading scorer at guard off the bench for the Warriors this season has been Toney Douglas, who has averaged 3.7 points on 37.2% shooting. He averages one rebound per contest, and every other number is below 1.0 per game. As a Knicks fan, I know that Douglas is not a guy you want to have playing a significant role, and so do the Warriors, it seems, as Curry and Thompson are each averaging nearly 38 minutes per game due to the lack of depth behind them.

Blog Photo - Warriors land Crawford, Brooks in trade with CelticsThe Warriors made a big move on Wednesday morning to address this lack of depth, as they brought in at least one guard who can thrive in a significant role off the bench in a trade with the Boston Celtics. The Warriors have acquired shooting guards Jordan Crawford (who can also play some point guard) and MarShon Brooks.

The deal was actually a three-team trade, also involving the Miami Heat. The Warriors sent Douglas over to Miami, while the Heat sent Joel Anthony and two undisclosed draft picks to the Celtics.

Crawford was the third leading scorer in Boston and led the Celtics in assists, and while his numbers are bound to take a hit playing behind Curry and Thompson, he should still be in for a solid bench role that will drastically improve the team's depth in the backcourt. Brooks has shown signs of potential during his three-year career (averaged 12.6 points as a rookie), but has regressed, playing just ten games in the NBA this season and spending much of his time in the D-League. Crawford will be a restricted free agent at the end of this season and Brooks has a team option, so it is quite possible that the Celtics did not plan on bringing either player back.

Anthony was barely playing in Miami, so the Celtics will give him some run and see if he can contribute. He has a $3.8 million player option for next season. Having recently acquired Jerryd Bayless, the other guards (Crawford and Brooks) were expendable.

Mario Chalmers has been sidelined as of late, and it has revealed the lack of depth that the Heat have at the point guard spot - Norris Cole has been forced to play a ton of minutes. Douglas will add some depth as a facilitator off the bench whose main purpose is to play defense.

With the trade deadline just over a month away, we are bound to see plenty more trades over the next few weeks.
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