Warriors’ attack-first lineup: The bench mob
The Golden State Warriors won’t be giving Stephen Curry 35-plus minutes any time soon, and it seems unlikely that they’ll really be wanting Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, both of which have struggled with injuries often, to hit the low 40s in a game.
That’s going to be where the team’s bench mob comes into play, and in Game 1, the lineup played very well for the Dubs.
The Warriors bench unit for the foreseeable future seems to be Gary Payton II, Andre Iguodala, Porter Jr., Nemanja Bjelicia, and Stephen Curry. Curry isn’t at 100%, so he hasn’t quite been inserted back into the starting lineup.
This unit has almost everything from size to defense to experience and also several big-time shooters. This unit played 4 minutes together and had an 11.1 net rating.
Variations were used of this lineup as well given Iguodala received just 13 minutes. He was +11 in those minutes. Overall, it’s one that might not dominate its opponent, but it will undoubtedly hold a lead and has few weaknesses on paper.
The Warriors are looking likely to have many postseason games in their future, and this is a unit Kerr will want to hammer down. Having depth will be key, and using a versatile lineup like this to end the first and third quarters could add a dimension to the Warriors’ game.