The Golden State Warriors were quietly among the most active teams in the 2021 offseason.
They picked high in the 2021 NBA Draft, with two selections in the lottery, and brought in a host of players via free agency. How does all of that factor into their depth chart and rotation?
Golden State opens their season on the road on the league's opening night Tuesday, Oct. 19 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
|PG||Stephen Curry||Jordan Poole||Damion Lee||Mychal Mulder||Gary Payton II|
|SG||Andrew Wiggins||Moses Moody||Avery Bradley||Chris Chiozza||*Klay Thompson|
|SF||Otto Porter Jr.||Jonathan Kuminga||Andre Iguodala|
|PF||Draymond Green||Juan Toscano-Anderson||Nemanja Bjelica|
|C||Kevon Looney||James Wiseman|
*sidelined at least until Dec.-Jan.
Key additions and subtractions
In the 2021 Draft, the Warriors were set to pick seventh (from Minnesota) and 14th (own). With both selections, they added to their wing depth by picking Jonathan Kuminga of the G League Ignite with the seventh pick and Moses Moody from Arkansas with the last pick of the lottery.
Free agency is where the Warriors' got busy. They brought back Andre Iguodala, a key member of their recent three NBA titles, along with Otto Porter Jr., Nemanja Bjelica and Chris Chiozza.
Among players they lost to free agency were Kent Bazemore and Kelly Oubre Jr., who signed with the Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Hornets respectively. The only other player not returning from last year's roster is Eric Paschall, who was traded to the Utah Jazz for a protected second-round pick.
For the Warriors, a couple of positions are already well-defined. Two-time former league MVP Stephen Curry starts at point guard while veteran Draymond Green and Kevon Looney play the four and five spots respectively.
Curry will likely be backed up by young Jordan Poole with Damion Lee possibly playing a few minutes as well. Looney should most probably be followed by James Wiseman, the No. 2 pick from the 2020 Draft, with veteran Nemanja Bjelica possibly playing a few minutes as a small-ball five.
It's at the wing position that the most thought will need to be put into by Steve Kerr and his staff. Barring any forced absences, Andrew Wiggins could join Otto Porter Jr. as the two starting wings. However, which wings get priority off the bench?
Avery Bradley and Andre Iguodala are the experienced players, and for continuity sake, Juan Toscano-Anderson will feature here as well. So, how much playing time will rookies Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody receive?
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