Houston Rockets: 5 teams that should trade for Ben McLemore

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2. Golden State Warriors

After finishing with the worst record 15-50 record in 2019-20, due in part to injuries, the Golden State Warriors landed the second overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, which was used to select James Wiseman. With a fully healthy Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, along with Wiseman, the Warriors have gotten off to a 14-13 start, putting them eighth in the Western Conference.

It’s no secret that the Warriors like to fling threes at an alarming rate, as they have finished inside of the top-10 in 3-point attempts in four of the last six seasons. The Warriors rank 20th in offensive rating this season and rank 12th in 3-point percentage, which has been uncharacteristic, as it’s never happened when Steph Curry was fully healthy, as outlined below.

  • 2009-10-4th (37.5 percent)
  • 2010-11-2nd (39.2 percent)
  • 2011-12-2nd (38.8 percent)
  • 2012-13-1st (40.3 percent)
  • 2013-14-4th (38 percent)
  • 2014-15-1st (39.8 percent)
  • 2015-16-1st (41.6 percent)
  • 2016-17-3rd (38.3 percent)
  • 2017-18-1st (39.1 percent)
  • 2018-19-3rd (38.5 percent)

Aside from Curry, the Warriors don’t have anyone shooting better than 40 percent from deep on more than four attempts per game. By contrast, McLemore just accomplished this feat last season, as he made 40 percent of this threes on 6.4 attempts per game.

The Dubs rank 20th in offensive rating and would welcome the addition of McLemore, who could yield plenty of opportunities from Warriors point forward Draymond Green and would thrive in a offensive approach that is predicated on ball movement, making McLemore worth a second-round pick.

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