Now that the dust has settled on the NBA's free agent frenzy, we thought we'd take a look at a few of the stats that illustrate what the Warriors' free agent crop has to offer in 2013-14.
We've already taken an in-depth look at what Andre Iguodala brings to the table, so today we'll break down Warriors free agent signee and 17-year NBA veteran Jermaine O'Neal.
BETTER WITH AGE?
The elder statesman on the team, O'Neal turns 35 before the regular season begins, but age doesn't appear to be slowing him down. His 2012-13 averages of 8.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 18.7 minutes appear relatively modest, yet the only other player 34 years or older to tally at least eight points, five rebounds a block last season was Tim Duncan. The only other players to do so in the last five years are Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O'Neal and Marcus Camby. Not a bad list to be a part of.
In 23 games in which O'Neal played at least 20 minutes last season, he averaged 11.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.91 blocks, showing there's plenty left in the tank. In fact, O'Neal's 2012-13 numbers per 36 minutes of 15.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks hold up against his per 36 averages from his first year in Indiana, when the center, then just 22, posted marks of 14.2 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per 36 minutes of action.
O'Neal's talent and longevity place him in rarified air among active players. O'Neal, Duncan, Garnett and Elton Brand are the only four active players to have amassed career numbers of at least 12,000 points, 7,000 rebounds and 1,700 blocks.
CENTERS AT THE STRIPE
It's somewhat rare for a big man to be able to convert from the line, but O'Neal, a career 71.3 percent shooter from the stripe, hit a career-best 83.5 percent last season. Only four players in the NBA last season averaged at least a block per game while hitting 83 percent or better from the stripe, and only one of them (Marc Gasol) is a center. The other two were Kevin Durant and Nicolas Batum.
PAGING DALE DAVIS
One last note about O'Neal's age: he's likely to become the first player aged 35 years or older to play at least 10 games in a season for the Warriors since Dale Davis appeared in 36 contests in 2004-05. Oddly enough, Davis and O'Neal were traded for each other on Aug. 31, 2000 in a deal sending O'Neal (and Joe Kleine) to the Pacers and Davis to the Blazers. The Warriors ended up dealing Davis to New Orleans after those 36 games, where he was eventually waived and then signed by O'Neal's Pacers to finish the season.
Speaking of O'Neal's days with the Pacers, the trade that brought him to Indiana occurred 20 days after the Raptors signed free agent point guard Mark Jackson, who had spent much of the last six years with Indiana. Jackson, of course, will now get a chance to coach O'Neal in Golden State.