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: Shaun Livingston
Salary: $5.54 million in second year of three-year, $16.63 million contract signed in July 2014.
2014-15 in review: For a point guard who entered the season facing two significant challenges – recovering from foot surgery and finding rhythm with a new team – Livingston had his moments and got better as the season progressed.
As Livingston’s health improved, so did his game. The rangy (6-foot-7) vet became a solid defender by midseason, capable of guarding multiple positions. He also evolved into perhaps the team’s most efficient low-post threat, taking shorter guards inside and abusing them with short jumpers.
Livingston is not a 3-point threat, taking two all season, but shot 50 percent from the floor. Over the final months of the season and in the playoffs, he was productive while also being a steadying influence. He was, in short, precisely what the Warriors wanted when they signed him to be their third guard.
2015-16 outlook: Livingston needs to build on his strong finish. His duties will remain the same, spelling Stephen Curry at the point and allowing Curry to slide to shooting guard when Klay Thompson needs a blow.
That’s a reasonable expectation, as Livingston expects good health and greater familiarity to translate to a faster start.
It’s not likely that, at this stage of his career, Livingston will develop a reliable shot from deep. No matter. If his defense remains stellar and he can duplicate his 50-percent shooting, the Warriors will be delighted.