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Anthony Morrow: Dead-eye shooter, post-apocalyptic Warrior, coveted free agent

Jul 1, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

The Warriors have long been something of a basketball wasteland; even if it’s entertaining to watch Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry and the like run amok in Don Nelson’s post-apocalyptic world, all of their wins are empty, and their losses sobering reminders of where they are and where they’ll never go. So naturally, as basketball fans, we’d love to see the team’s redeemable talents be shipped off to greener — or at least less dire — pastures, even if it means a drop in productivity due to the change of pace.

It’s questionable how effective a player like Ellis would be in a more conventional offensive system; he’s already an inefficient scorer, and if asked to produce in a more typical offense, he could conceivably become more inefficient. But Anthony Morrow is a player just waiting to be plucked off the roster and signed elsewhere. He’s exactly the type of designated shooter that has graced many a championship roster, and as one of the top three-point threats in the game (not to mention a knock-down shooter from mid-range), he’s sure to receive a lot of free agent interest.

In fact, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that at least six teams — including the Lakers, Celtics, Spurs, Blazers, Jazz, and Clippers — have expressed immediate interest in Morrow’s services. Anthony can fit into just about any system, but I think it’s become rather apparent that he needs to be playing at the 2 and not the 3; that’s where teams can best utilize his shooting without giving up too much defensively or on the boards.

In his two seasons in the NBA, Morrow’s shooting has already made him something of a cult hero. Now it may be time to introduce him to the rest of the country. It would be somewhat bittersweet to watch a relatively unknown talent like Anthony drain threes for a powerhouse like L.A. (not you, Clippers) or Boston on national television, but if the goal is to get him out of the Bay and onto a competitive team, Morrow seems to have a number of options.

Unless the Warriors opt to match any offer given to Morrow, and keep him wondering in a basketball wasteland. They wouldn’t be that cruel though, would they?

  1. Zack - Jul 1, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    If Boobie Gibson can get ~20m for hitting a few 3’s a shaving a star into the side of his head, Morrow should definately get a nice contract

  2. Ray - Jul 1, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    As a Warriors fan I do not want Morrow to go anywhere. Morrow and Curry were the only two consistent players the Warriors had. With new ownership on the way I do not feel they will lose sight of this. There is a lot of unproven talent on this team, it is almost unthinkable they would not match offers on one of the only anchor type players this franchise has. The NBA has a lot of parity, it does not take that much time to turn a newly purchased franchise around. Trade Ellis get a bigger shooting guard like Mayo + another player. Trade Wright and or Bedrins for a more productive center and your starting to put together a more traditional NBA roster. Couple all of this with keeping Morrow as you sixth man and getting rid of Don Nelson and you may have something.

  3. bernie lomax - Jul 2, 2010 at 12:49 AM

    Right on the money. Deal the cancer named Ellis. We have to unload Biedrins and his terrible contract – he’s god awful as well. I agree to build around Curry / Morrow. We need a more reliable big – while I like Tariaf (as a human being – much like I appreciated Adonal “Aluminum”-Foyle – but come on, it’s Ronnie Tariaf. I’m a SCU grad so I can’t root for a Bulldog anyway.
    Hopefully the Kenyon Martin for Biedrins trade rumor goes through. I like Martin’s game, he’ll bang, plus we’ll take his expiring contract with open arms. We then have some cap space and hopefully can make another move with Ellis.

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