Editor's note: This article is part of an ongoing series in which Monte Poole will highlight a different Warriors player every day leading up to the start of training camp
Player: Marreese Speights
Position: Power forward/center
Salary: $3.82 million in the final season of a three-year, $11 million contract signed in July 2013. The team held the option for the third year and exercised it in June.
2014-15 in review: Speights was the team’s top scorer off the bench, often igniting offense for the second unit. He also led the team (and was third in the league) in the number of charges taken on defense.
Speights averaged 10.4 points per game (fourth on the Warriors) on 49.2 percent shooting, highest on the team among those with enough shots to officially qualify. Moreover, most of his damage was done on mid-range jump shots that forced opposing big men vacate the rim area and pursue.
Though Speights had fits of ineffectiveness, he generally was a pleasant surprise. Very few NBA big men deliver reliable scoring, and he did.
2015-16 outlook: Speights intensified his workouts over the summer in hopes of shedding weight and improving conditioning. The 6-foot-10, 255-pound University of Florida product realizes this might result in more consistent playing time.
The Warriors would like Speights to continue to improve his defense, while remaining willing to take charges. Though he’s a natural shooter, Speights needs to strive for greater consistency; he shot 57 percent over the first five weeks, 48.3 percent over the final six.
Speights is in his prime and set to enter free agency next summer. He would like to command a lavish contract, something in the range $10 million per season. If his production is slightly better and his fitness is at a high level, teams will come calling.