THERE'S A NEW scorer coming to town, and his name is Corey Maggette.

No, he's not a point guard, so the Warriors are still in a quandary there. But Maggette was the NBA's 12th-leading scorer last season for the Los Angeles Clippers, who've since been renamed The Baron Davis Ballerinas.

Maggette's new employer, the Warriors, like to score. They needed another scorer to help fill the void created by Davis' defection to the Clippers.

So, good get for the W's?

The more swingmen the merrier, apparently. Maggette is a 6-foot-6 small forward. The Warriors aren't short of small forwards. Yes, they're lacking a true point guard and a hulking post presence. But another scorer certainly should help.

At last check, they are still coached by Don Nelson. Thus, the only bad shot remains one that doesn't go through the rim.

Maggette averaged 22.1 points per game last season, and in a nice numerological coincidence, he scored 22 in both of the Clippers' visits to Golden State.

So he'll bring more "O" to Oracle Arena. He'll also bring a reliable presence at the free throw line, hallelujah. His athleticism helps offset the loss of Mickael "The Malcontent" Pietrus, who's bound for Orlando.

If Maggette's defense isn't up to snuff, well, remember, the Warriors are an offensive-minded bunch. And they do still have their No. 1 defender, that being another swingman in Stephen Jackson.

Jackson, Monta Ellis and Davis formed a fantastic tripod the past couple seasons.


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Each averaged over 20 points per game last season.

With Davis' 21.8 scoring average (14th in the NBA) now gone, the Warriors needed a proven talent to compensate for Davis' departure, which we probably should address now that it's official.

Don't feel sorry for Davis just because he won't get his wish of teaming with Elton Brand on the Clippers. Brand bolted for big money in Philly, wringing his hands of an apparent handshake agreement to re-sign with the Clippers.

Davis should understand Brand's desire to get rich. After all, Davis struck it rich by landing a five-year, $65 million contract from the Clippers, a deal the Warriors didn't dare match. Davis is rich, and he's in Hollywood, which really is a better fit for his SoCal personality than it was up here.

But Davis had grand plans for him and Brand, having told the Los Angeles Times last week that Brand was "a big reason" why he joined the Clips, adding that because of their merger the "possibilities are endless to be able to win a championship."

Good luck with that, Hollywood Boom Dizzle, or whatever your new stage name is down there. Your Clips will be lucky to battle the Warriors for the eighth seed to the Western Conference playoffs.

If we told Davis a month ago that Maggette would be on the 2008-09 Warriors, do you think Davis would have voided that $17.8 million deal he was set to earn this coming season? Look, he did get what he wanted in L.A.: A big payday and a return to his hometown, and those are compelling reasons to switch allegiances.

Maggette also struck it rich in what was a slim free-agency market. The Warriors overpaid for him _ reportedly a five-year, $50 million deal _ but not so much that it'll bankrupt them in the long run if he backfires. It sure seemed riskier to offer nearly twice as much money to a guy, Brand, who was coming off an injury-marred season.

NBA insiders are mocking the money Golden State coughed up for Maggette. Well, that's become status quo in the Bay Area. The Giants are ridiculed for Barry Zito's deal, the 49ers broke the bank for Nate Clements and Justin Smith, and the Raiders, well, it'll require too much typing to list off all their offseason moves.

But the Bay Area surely looked more attractive to Maggette than re-enlisting with the Clippers and coach Mike Dunleavy, whom he feuded with last season. Plus, Nelson's fast-paced style should suit Maggette better.

If the Warriors struggle _ highly possible considering their depth problems, as well as the glaring hole at point guard _ Maggette should be able to shoulder the sorrow. Again, he was a Clipper, tried and true since 2000. (He spent his rookie season with Orlando after leaving Duke at age 18.)

Yes, he'll be surrounded on the Warriors by lots of other forwards. But since when has Nellie-ball been defined by which positions are on the floor? The Warriors are, until further notice, a shooting team, and if they just landed the NBA's 12th-leading scorer, Maggette's arrival should light up the scoreboard.

He won't light up the marquee as a headline star. That space is reserved for Ellis, a restricted free agent the Warriors are sure to re-up, along with center/forward Andris Biedrins.

The Warriors also apparently have raided L.A.'s other team, The Kobe Bryant All-Stars, for Ronny Turiaf. He's reportedly signed an offer sheet from Golden State, which will acquire his physical presence if the Lakers don't match the contract offer.

Now the Warriors must turn their search for someone who can get them up and down the court in quick fashion. Hey, that speedy Dara Torres will be available in a couple months, and she and Nellie can probably get along swimmingly since they're only a few years apart in age, right?

Welcome to Showtime North, Corey. By the way, we should note that you're not part of that reality television show "The Two Coreys," starring Corey Haim and Corey Feldman. Please leave them behind in Hollywood. But feel free to bring a copy of their 1992 film "Blown Away" with Nicole Eggert.

Contact Cam Inman at cinman@bayareanewsgroup.com.