Charlie Bell is adjusting well with new team in Golden State

Posted: October 6, 2010 by Patrick Hayes in Professional

Last season didn’t exactly end well for Charlie Bell in Milwaukee, losing his spot on the rotation and getting benched for game seven of the team’s first round playoff loss to Atlanta.

He was traded to Golden State in the offseason, however, and his versatility appears to be a good fit in the Warriors backcourt behind promising young players Steph Curry and Monta Ellis. From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Bell is being asked to fill the Warriors’ void at backup point guard, instead of playing the shooting-guard position that helped him emerge from the ABA, Italian and Spanish circuits.

During the 10 to 15 minutes a game that starter Stephen Curry needs a break, Bell will be asked to shoulder the responsibilities of running a team, initiating an offense and making the right decisions with the ball, instead of focusing solely on the perimeter defense and the shooting precision that ultimately secured his spot in the NBA.

Although being versatile enough to play point guard is certainly a plus, it’s defense and toughness that will both get him on the court and leave an imprint on his younger teammates. From the San Jose Mercury News:

I have doubts whether he can regularly spell Curry or Ellis as the leader of the offense, particularly given his diminishing athleticism, but as a crafty, change-of-pace defender, he could give the team some solid spot minutes to slow down opposing guards.

The Warriors have never been a team known for defense, but with Bob Knight disciple Keith Smart taking over as coach, the acquisitions of Bell and big man David Lee, and the improved health of center Andris Biedrins, the team should be much improved at that end of the floor.

— Patrick Hayes

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