The Golden State Warriors have a slew of young talent, and head coach Steve Kerr will be looking to get the most from them next season.
If one thing is obvious from the Golden State Warriors wasted season, it’s that the young talent on this team has potential.
Alen Smailagić, Eric Paschall, and Jordan Poole were the team’s three draft picks in the 2019 NBA Draft. They all played at a high level although Smiley, Smailagić’s nickname, was injured for the bulk of the season.
That said, Paschall and Poole may have been inconsistent, but they showed it’s going to be their time to shine soon, and Steve Kerr expects them and the rest of the young Dubs to make a “big leap” this coming season.
“Most players really see a huge jump early in their careers once they’ve kind of settled in and have a solid year under their belt. I’m looking for a big leap forward for some of our younger players to the point where they can get into our rotation. Who that is, that’s up to them,” Kerr told NBC Sports’ Drew Shiller in his end-of-the-year media session.
Kerr knows that the future of the team may already be on the team.
After all, we saw star potential from Jordan Poole in terms of offensive playmaking towards the end of the season. We shouldn’t even have to get started on what Paschall brought to the team in his first year with the team either. It goes much deeper than those three though.
What about Marquese Chriss? Kevon Looney? They’re still both relatively young and can easily make that leap as well. All five, along with whoever the team uses their 2020 first-round pick on, will be fighting for minutes.
Steve Kerr developed the Warriors from a good team into a great team, and now he’ll have to do it again. This time, it’ll really be the role players that he’ll have to convince to buy into his system, not the developed stars. Can they return to title contenders in 2021 though?