Get to Know the New Warriors - Veteran Edition

Those who caught the Warriors’ opening trio of preseason games in SoCal likely saw a few new faces donning blue and gold. In addition to some key free agent acquisitions over the summer, Golden State’s expanded training camp roster includes a handful of players vying to prove they belong in the NBA. To help familiarize #DubNation to the new names in the box score in advance of the team’s preseason home opener on Oct. 21, we’ll roll out a few tidbits on the new additions. First, we look at the new vets, and you can click here to read up on the Summer League standouts that are trying to make the Warriors’ Opening Night roster.

Though currently recovering from offseason toe surgery, Shaun Livingston figures to play a prominent role in the Warriors backcourt this season. Last year in Brooklyn, the Nets went 35-19 when Livingston earned a starting assignment, and 19-4 when the 10-year vet played at least 31 minutes in a contest. Selected fourth overall by the Clippers in 2004, Livingston logged career highs in games (76) and minutes (1,974) played last season.

The Warriors have never had a player win the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award while on their roster, but Leandro Barbosa joins Ricky Pierce, John Starks and Clifford Robinson as former winners of the award to later play for Golden State. Barbosa earned the honor in 2006-07, when he posted career marks of 18.1 points and 4.0 assists to go with 2.7 rebounds and 1.20 steals per game with the Phoenix Suns. The 11-year veteran, who ranks 23rd among active players in three-point percentage (.390), has made postseason berths in six of his 11 campaigns (five with Phoenix, one with Indiana), helping the Suns to Western Conference Finals appearances in 2005, 2006 and 2010.

One of the new faces this season won’t be so new to Warrior fans. Brandon Rush spent the 2011-12 season with Golden State, averaging a career-best 9.8 points per game on career-high averages of 50.1 percent from the field and 45.2 percent from distance. But in 2012-13, he suffered a knee injury in the second game of the year, sidelining him for the remainder of the season. Rush, who ranks 11th among active players in three-point percentage, returns for his second stint with Warriors after spending last season in Utah.

A late addition to the training camp roster, Jason Kapono ranks as the fifth-best three-point shooter in league history (43.4 percent)—but he’s only the third best in the Warriors organization. Head Coach Steve Kerr ranks as the top three-point man in NBA annals at 45.4 percent, while Stephen Curry is tops among active shooters at 44.0 percent (third in league history). An NBA champion with the Miami Heat in 2005-06, the 33-year old hasn’t played an NBA game since a stint with the Lakers in 2011-12.

The Warriors bolstered their bench this offseason, but not just with new players. New Head Coach Steve Kerr, who has five NBA championship rings to his name from his playing days with the Bulls and Spurs, has assembled an experienced staff of veteran coaches and players alike. Kerr—who himself was coached by the likes of Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich, Lenny Wilkens, Lute Olsen and Cotton Fitzsimmons—will have longtime NBA Head Coach Alvin Gentry and veteran NBA assistant Ron Adams by his side. Gentry has accumulated 335 wins over 12 seasons as an NBA head coach, while Adams has qualified for the postseason in 13 of his 20 seasons in the league. Former NBA players Luke Walton and Jarron Collins join former NBA scout Bruce Fraser in rounding out the new staff.

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