Before the Golden State Warriors can compete for another title, they have some decisions they need to make in their frontcourt.
The Golden State Warriors have never relied too much on frontcourt power. The backcourt duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, aka the ‘Splash Bros’, have always received the heaviest load for Golden State. Anything else fell onto the shoulders of Draymond Green or Kevin Durant.
Next season, this will change. Durant is gone and Green is far from the Defensive Player of the Year he used to be. The Warriors have a few worthy candidates to earn minutes in the frontcourt. Who will stand out above the rest?
Green, Eric Paschall, Kevon Looney and Marquese Chriss will all battle for spots in the rotation. Throw in the potential for NBA Draft prospects such as James Wiseman or Onyeka Okongwu to be on the roster and things get really interesting.
It feels safe to say that Green has more than earned his position in the starting lineup. He has been a key member of three championship runs for the Dubs and will continue to be a member of the big three until proven otherwise.
As for the rest of the crew, Looney is the only other player to have some form of experience under his belt. Looney displayed great heart in last year’s NBA Finals by playing through multiple injuries. Furthermore, Looney is the only true center on the roster.
However, the Warriors recently stated they are comfortable entering the season with Chriss as their starting center. The 22-year old had a productive stretch before the league went on hiatus, averaging 13.5 points and 7.8 rebounds.
Lastly, Paschall has shocked everyone by being an All-Rookie candidate despite being drafted late in the second round. Paschall is a versatile scorer and could help carry the offensive load for Golden State.
Finding a way to balance minutes between all of these players will be a challenge. Thankfully, having sound depth in the frontcourt is never an issue to complain about.