The Golden State Warriors have some big man problems with Andrew Bogut and Andris Biedrins out of the lineup and, as they did a few seasons ago, it looks like the team will delve heavily into the NBA Development League to fix up their roster. The team signed Mickell Gladness earlier in the week, but there's going to be a new big man arriving soon.
The Warriors are expected to call-up rookie Keith Benson from the D-League's Sioux Falls Skyforce, Ridiculous Upside has confirmed (the deal was first reported by Skyforce broadcaster Daniel Peters). Benson, a 6-foot-11 rookie, was drafted in the second round by the Atlanta Hawks last summer. He was the last cut during preseason, however, after going overseas during the lockout.
In 19 D-League games this season, Benson averaged 15.1 points and 7.6 rebounds to go with 1.4 blocks per game. It wasn't until after Friday night's performance of 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, however, that the Warriors decided to tell him they planned to call him up (he was matching up with Brian Butch, a fellow call-up candidate, for what it's worth).
There aren't a lot of big men in the D-League, but Benson (along with Jeff Foote) were my personal favorites when it came to call-up candidates.