As they set their sights on another championship run, the Golden State Warriors will have to rely on unproven players.
It’s going to take a breakout season from a number of players for the Golden State Warriors to have the supporting cast they need in order to win another title.
Since their last trip to the NBA Finals, the Warriors roster has gotten noticeably younger. This season, a total of six rookies suited up for the Dubs. At 30 years of age, Stephen Curry is the oldest active player on the team.
Consequently, the team is less experienced than they were in any of their other title runs. This is a concern that will plague them all year long.
The most important x-factor on the team is Andrew Wiggins. The 24-year-old has yet to live up to his lofty star expectations and is slowly accepting his future as a role player. He can find success in Golden State as a pure slasher and consistent scorer but it is yet to be seen if he will be reliable in the playoffs.
The Warriors also have to see how names such as Eric Paschall, Damion Lee and Marquese Chriss hold up to pressure. These young players have had good moments throughout the season but will be pushed to another level next year.
Luckily, the Dubs still have a winning core led by a flexible head coach in Steve Kerr. The system he has set in place is built for anyone to step in and be successful. This gives us reason to assume the Dubs will figure out a way to win next season regardless of their youthful supporting cast.
Still, the bottom line remains this team will be unpredictable in the postseason. It’s impossible to determine which players will show up when it matters most. All we can do is wait and see.