Gadzuric filling a role off the bench at center

Raise your hand if you thought center Dan Gadzuric would do nothing for the Warriors when they acquired him from Milwaukee this summer.

Put your hands down.

"I think I'm an under-the-radar type of player," Gadzuric said. "I don't know if people necessarily knew I was even in the league. To me it doesn't really matter. What matters is what I can bring to the team. I play to win and to improve my game."

Gadzuric has indeed brought something to the Warriors. Over the first four games, the 6-foot-11, 240-pounder totaled five offensive rebounds, 11 personal fouls and three blocks. But perhaps his most impressive stat is the 9.25 minutes per game he's played.

For those minutes, Gadzuric has allowed coach Keith Smart to rest starting center Andris Biedrins. The last couple seasons, center Ronny Turiaf served as that role and had the complete confidence of the staff. This year, many expected the Warriors to have to play a power forward as the backup center.

But the energy and hustle and presence Gadzuric has brought so far gives Smart a nice advantage. Biedrins said he even feels comfortable knowing he can come out of the game for a stretch and have someone to keep things going a bit.

  • Even though the Warriors finished third in the league in 3-point percentage last season, Smart said his team would push back from the 3-point buffet.


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    Dorell Wright didn't get the memo. The starting small forward has continued chucking away so far this season. He's taken advantage of the open looks he gets from the Warriors' motion scheme.

    Through the first four games, Wright was averaging 8.25 attempts from 3-point range, and had made more than half of them (18 for 33, 54.5 percent).

    -- MARCUS THOMPSON II