We've taken a closer look at free agent acquisitions Andre Iguodala, Jermaine O'Neal and Marreese Speights, so we'll conclude our in-depth statistical look at the new Warriors with some tidbits on Toney Douglas.
From the Warriors' perspective, one of the most appealing aspects of the Douglas signing is that Golden State won't have to play against him. The Warriors shot an NBA-best 40.3 percent from three-point land last season, but in the 60 minutes in which Douglas was an adversary on the floor (over three games), they hit just 22.2 percent (6-of-27) from long range. Small sample size, sure, but enough to demonstrate the value Douglas can have as a perimeter defender.
MAKING THE MOST OF HIS TIME
Though known for his defense, Douglas can be a contributor on offense as well. In 29 games in which he appeared in at least 20 minutes last season, Douglas averaged 11.0 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.41 steals. In 30 career starts, his averages are 13.5 points, 4.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds, hitting threes at a 39.6 percent clip. And for his career, he's averaged 8.6 points in just over 20 minutes per game and is one of six active guards who have amassed more than 2,000 points despite having logged fewer than 5,500 career minutes (the others are Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, Will Bynum, Kemba Walker and Jordan Crawford).
IN GOOD COMPANY
Douglas has shot better than 37 percent from three-point range in three of his first four seasons, hitting 38.0 percent from distance last year and a career-best 90.5 percent at the line. And how's this for company? In 2012-13, only Douglas, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Steve Nash and Jose Calderon hit at least 37.5 percent from three-point range and 90 percent at the line (min. 80 free throw attempts).
Douglas was one of 91 players to average at least one steal per game last season, but no player did so in fewer than Douglas' 18.2 minutes per tilt (Andray Blatche came closest at 19.0 minutes). Only Douglas, Manu Ginobili, J.R. Smith and Jamal Crawford averaged a steal per contest without starting a game in 2012-13.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Toney and his brother, Harry, are the 10th pair of brothers to play in the NBA and NFL, and the sixth brother combo to have overlapping careers in those sports. Harry, 18 months older than Toney, has been a wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons since 2008. The Douglas bros are the first NBA/NFL sibling combination since Kevin Burleson appeared in 39 games for the 2005-06 Charlotte Bobcats while his brother, Nate, was a receiver for the Minnesota Vikings. Another former Warrior, Ben McDonald, appears on this list, playing with the Warriors from 1986-89 while his brother, James, played tight end for the NFL's Rams and Lions.
For those with an interest in the obscure, here's the complete chronological list (ordered by NBA player, listed first) of NBA/NFL brother combinations (asterisk donates overlapping careers): Alex Groza (1949-51) and Lou Groza (1946-67)*, Jerry Bird (1958-59) and Rodger Bird (1966-68), Pat Riley (1967-76) and Lee Riley (1955-62), Brian Taylor (1972-82) and Bruce Taylor (1970-77)*, Bill Walton (1974-87) and Bruce Walton (1973-75)*, Butch Carter (1980-86) and Cris Carter (1989-2002), Ben McDonald (1985-89 and James McDonald (1983-87)*, Eric Snow (1995-2008) and Percy Snow (1990-93), Kevin Burleson (2005-06) and Nate Burleson (2003-12)*, Toney Douglas (2009-13) and Harry Douglas (2008-12).