Early in the 2016 – 2017 NBA season, the Golden State Warriors are playing as though they are sleepwalking through games, yet winning effortlessly. Coach Steve Kerr, who during his playing days was the ultimate effort overachiever, is happy with the Warriors’ results, but had less than positive things to say about the lack of effort on both ends of the floor by his squad.
Salary caps and amateur drafts are supposed to prevent the type of dominance the Warriors are so nonchalantly producing, yet they seem to be able to find low-priced players who are overachieving despite not hustling to the degree Kerr exhibited during his playing days.
One of those bargain players is JaVale McGee, who spent the better part of three seasons with the Denver Nuggets looking as though he was seeing a basketball court for the first time.
The Warriors sought out McGee when they had to sacrifice Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli, their starting and backup centres, in order to free the money to land Kevin Durant.
The other player the Warriors found in the bargain bin was Zaza Pachulia, who to call a journeyman would upset even the most traveled of journeymen, as he has been with the Magic, the Bucks, the Hawks, and the Mavericks, with some time spent in Russian pro basketball as well.