D’Angelo Russell and Kevon Looney represent the future of the Golden State Warriors.
The Golden State Warriors have enjoyed five years of immense success. Though the dynasty is far from over, the Dubs are working on building for the future. As of now, Kevon Looney and D’Angelo Russell represent what the Warriors will look like in the next era of their dynasty.
Looney and Russell are two of the youngest members of the Warriors. Both have already shown promise and have earned the respect of their peers. A recent article from Amaar Burton of HoopsHabit even ranks the two as a top 15 young duo in the league.
Russell will be tasked with the heaviest load. The 22-year old All-Star can learn a lot from Curry and will be expected to receive the torch in a few years. His ability to create for others and score in pick-and-roll action gives him potential to be a big time player.
Last season, Russell averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists per game as he helped bring the Brooklyn Nets to their first playoff berth since 2015. The Warriors are hoping that he can continue to shine as a playmaker and shot creator.
As for Looney, he has shown promise as a two-way center. The big man put his heart on full display in the 2019 NBA Finals, playing through brutal injuries and having a positive impact. Looney is a talented rebounder and can finish around the rim efficiently.
Looney and Russell will need to begin forming a connection this season. This should be easy as screen-and-roll’s happen to be both of their strong suits. Together, D-Lo and Looney will generate easy offense for the Warriors.
This pairing will be a good one, but it probably won’t be enough to keep the Warriors in title contention. Even if both players reach their peak, the Dubs will need extra help to continue contending.
However, if the Warriors front office can continue to load up on talent, Russell and Looney will fit in perfectly. Transitioning to the next stage of the Warriors dynasty won’t be too difficult with these two already in place.
The ceiling for this duo may not be astronomical, but it is high. Under proper guidance and consistent growth, Looney and Russell can keep the Warriors relevant through the next few seasons.