Golden State Warriors: Five lineups we want to see next year

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3. Shaun Livingston-Patrick McCaw-Andre Iguodala-Draymond Green-David West

This is, admittedly, a weird lineup. It’s nearly an entire bench unit except with the exception of Draymond Green. Normally, I don’t ever condone having both Steph Curry and Kevin Durant on the bench.

I’m not going to lie–this lineup would make us all pull our hair out. The lack of spacing would be a horrible tribute to earlier decades of basketball. Still, I’m putting it here.

There’s one reason why this unit makes an appearance on this list: Patrick McCaw. In the first lineup I listed, McCaw’s appearance was so that he could learn to mesh with the stars. That was about fitting him with great players around him.

This lineup is about standing out. Yes, Draymond Green is an All-Star. And sure, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston are very good reserves that could probably still start on many teams. They don’t generally like to look for their own shot, preferring to set up teammates as their first option.

This lineup would give McCaw the opportunity to be the main offensive threat. He’d be the focal point of the offense with plenty of willing passers and screen-setters. He would be the best shooter on the floor that could get going in catch-and-shoot situations.

If you couldn’t tell, I’m a big Pat McCaw guy. Over the last year, he’s shown flashes of what he can do. Without a regular role, the rookie struggled with consistency, but that’s understandable. What’s important at this point is that he has that next gear.

Coaching and experience will allow him to tap into it more often. Putting him in situations where he’s trusted to lead and be aggressive with the ball in his hands will help his growth. Having great veterans that won’t step on his toes would be extremely helpful.