Before the Warriors tip off against LeBron and the Lakers in Las Vegas here shortly, we offer up the latest profile on our countdown to the opener on Tuesday.
(In case you missed them previously, here are the first installations of our ‘Game Faces’ feature, profiles on Jacob Evans, Jonas Jerebko, Quinn Cook, Damian Jones, Kevon Looney, Jordan Bell and Andre Iguodala. Dope images provided by Jose Carlos Fajardo.)
When the Warriors need a guiding force this is the guy they turn to…
Contract: 2 years / 16,000,000 ($2 million guaranteed, fully if not waived on or before June 19, 2019)
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Outlook: Last season, like most of his Warriors career, Livingston provided a steadying presence in a season that was anything but steady. In 71 games, he averaged 5.5 points, 2.1 assists, 1.8 rebounds on 50 percent shooting.
During the playoffs, Livingston upped his output, averaging 6.7 points, 2.2 rebounds on 53.6 percent shooting. With Stephen Curry shelved in the first round against San Antonio with a sprained knee, Livingston stabilized the offense, upping his averages to 9.4 points on 51.4 percent shooting. In the Finals against Cleveland, he missed just two shots in the series (13 of 15), helping the Warriors capture their third title in four years.
Unlike the rest of the roster, which prioritizes 3-pointers, Livingston is a throwback player. Of his 243 shot attempts last season, just five were from beyond the arc. More importantly for this team, which has six players under the age of 25, Livingston’s leadership may be the best asset he provides in his 13th year.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports