Key Bench Players
Jordan Poole, Moses Moody, Donte Divincenzo, Jamychal Green
These players all figure to have a rotation role on the Warriors, but none more than Jordan Poole. Poole had his breakout season last year and went national with his wild half-court shots or his shifty handles.
He was a candidate for most improved player of the year and is expected to be amongst the favorites for 6th man of the year this season.
When Steph Curry got hurt last season, Poole took control of the offense and was playing at an incredibly high level. He carried that into the playoffs where he smashed Warrior franchise playoff records one by one and was crucial in the Warriors winning their 4th NBA title.
He’s well positioned for another big season this year, and is expected to be the primary backup to Steph Curry and will get a lot of ball handling and creation reps.
Moses Moody was the 14th pick a year ago and is about to be their backup wing player. With the loss of Otto Porter Jr, they could really use a wing player who can space the floor and defend, basically the prototypical 3 and D player. Whether Moody can grow into a player more than that is TBD, but for the moment they just need a stable hand in the second unit.
Donte DiVincenzo has had a bit of a rocky last couple of years and he’s joining the Warriors with the hope of revitalizing his career. A staunch perimeter defender when he was on the Milwaukee Bucks, an ankle injury derailed his season and he was eventually traded to the Sacramento Kings where he never really got his legs under him.
The Dubs will be hoping that he can replicate his last season with the Bucks and replace some of the perimeter defense that they are sorely missing with the loss of Gary Payton II.
Jamychal Green was brought in from the Denver Nuggets on the buyout market and will fill out their projected rotation, a power forward who can occasionally dabble as a small ball 5, he struggled the ball shooting last season but is a capable defender and the Warriors are hoping he can get his shooting back to where it was a year ago.