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The Warriors could conceivably return their three-headed monster at center, but they seem more likely to bring either JaVale McGee or Zaza Pachulia back, not both. While McGee might win the fan vote, Pachulia’s ability to handle a more significant role should garner him more favor with the front office.
As the fifth starter alongside one of the best quartets ever assembled, Pachulia took some time to get adjusted. But once he got settled, he thrived as an all-guts, no-glory grunt. He provided a physical presence on the boards (11.6 per 36 minutes), on defense (3.23 defensive real plus-minus, 16th overall, per ESPN.com) and on the perimeter (6.9 screen assists per 36 minutes, tied for fourth-most).
While McGee fluctuated between monster outings and forgetful ones, Pachulia was almost steady to the point of being boring. Neither can crack this team’s closing lineup, but Pachulia’s smarts and instincts make him playable in any matchup. McGee’s struggles with certain assignments and rotations can be exploited by advanced attacks.
Even if Pachulia didn’t have on-court advantages, he might still be the pick because of his willingness to fit the budget. He Article source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2719670-golden-state-warriors-updated-free-agency-big-board
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