Any fan of the Golden State Warriors has been disappointed with the 2019-20 season. While team was projected to make the playoffs before the year started, both Steph Curry and Draymond Green have been hurt for significant parts of the season, and the squad has now fallen to last place in the Western Conference.
Even though the Dubs have not earned many dubs this season, they have been on a roll as of late, winning five of their last six games. The most impressive of those wins came against the Houston Rockets on Christmas Day, and that was the only game this month that shooting guard Alec Burks didn’t score in the double digits.
While the playoffs are nothing more than a pipe dream for the Warriors this season, this solid stretch they have built up means now is as good a time as ever to sell high on their assets. Burks is certainly one of those assets.
The veteran guard is hitting his stride in his 10th season in the league and first with the Warriors, as he has posted a career high 15.5 points per game this season to go along with career highs in minutes per game (29.1), rebounds per game (4.4) and assists per game (3.0).
Burks is playing his best basketball right now as well. In the month of December, he has posted 15 points or more 10 times. He has proved over a rather large sample size that he can at the very least be a spark plug off the bench who can provide a scoring burst to teams in the playoff hunt lacking wing depth.
Although Burks has said publicly that he wants to stay in Golden State, now might be the time they can get the best value for him. The team made it clear to Monte Pool of NBC Sports that they are willing to move Burks at the trade deadline at the right price.
It logistically makes sense for the Warriors to move on from Burks, because as Anthony Slater of The Athletic mentioned recently, they need to make room on their roster for younger players on two-way contracts in Ky Bowman and Damion Lee.
The Warriors have a roster issue descending on them quickly. Ky Bowman and Damion Lee, both two-way guys, are part of the current top-8 in their rotation. Lee starts, Bowman gets 20+ minutes. But after tonight (both will play), Bowman only has 11 days left and Lee only has 12.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 28, 2019
As well as Burks has played as of late, Lee is one year younger than him and Bowman is six years younger than him. The Warriors are hoping they can get similar contributions from those two young players while they are on cheaper deals.
Even though Burks doesn’t want to leave the Dubs, a playoff team who lacks wing depth, like the Philadelphia 76ers or the Portland Trail Blazers, could use his experience and streaky shooting in an increased role, allowing to get more time playing meaningful playoff basketball come this Spring.