Pachulia was Mark Cuban’s Plan B in Dallas last summer after DeAndre Jordan reneged on his agreement to join the Mavericks. And while Pachulia didn’t come close to making the All-NBA First Team or All-Defensive First Team as D.J. did, he still cobbled together arguably his best season in the pros.
The 32-year-old hauled in a career-best 9.4 rebounds per game while playing smart basketball on both ends of the court. He finished the season with a career-best 6.0 win shares and garnered plenty of praise from teammate Dirk Nowitzki.
“He is one of the smartest centers I ever played with,” the future Hall of Famer said of Pachulia, per NBA.com’s Ian Thomsen. “He can pass, he can shoot a little bit, he can put it on the floor. He may be undersized some nights, but he’s got a big heart, he fights and he is very, very smart.”
Pachulia certainly doesn’t possess the shot-blocking prowess of the Dallas-bound Andrew Bogut, but he sets great screens and can rebound. Frankly, that’s all this Warriors team needs alongside the likes of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Durant.
As for West, he’ll essentially be taking over Marreese Speights’ role as the backup big man. To call that an upgrade would be an understatement.
Speights, though a fan favorite during his time with the Warriors, recorded a -3.9 box plus-minus in 2015-16. That was the 15th-worst mark in the league among guys who played at least 60 games, according to Basketball Reference.
West, on the other hand, posted a box plus-minus of 3.4 in his lone campaign with the San Antonio Spurs. Adding his veteran know-how for less than $2 million in salary next season is an absolute steal.