Unleash the rookies
It’s always helpful to have a deep roster with numerous players who can step up to play minutes on any given night. Yet, there is value in having a tight, consistent rotation that allows everyone to build chemistry and find a rhythm.
For the Golden State Warriors, injuries and sporadic performances have held them back from setting a specific rotation into stone. However, this might change, as the rookies are building a strong case for more minutes.
Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga have spent much of their first season on the bench or in Santa Cruz but as of late, they’ve been making routine appearances. Kuminga is playing 25.8 minutes per game since February while Moody has started in seven games since Klay Thompson returned in January.
The two teenagers have responded well, putting together their best games of the season as they both flash elite potential on both ends of the floor. Their energy and youthful competitiveness have helped give Golden State a boost during a tough stretch of the season.
Letting the rookies off their leash this deep into the season could backfire. After all, there isn’t much precedent for teenagers succeeding in the NBA Playoffs. But, the Warriors can’t afford to keep slumping and the rookies have brought more excitement to the floor than anyone else recently.