Three things the Golden State Warriors can do to turn things around

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 03: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors drives on Jalen Suggs #4 of the Orlando Magic during a game at Amway Center on November 03, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 03: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors drives on Jalen Suggs #4 of the Orlando Magic during a game at Amway Center on November 03, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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Golden State Warriors’ James Wiseman goes at Monte Morris during preseason. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP) (Photo by PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors’ James Wiseman goes at Monte Morris during preseason. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP) (Photo by PHILIP FONG/AFP via Getty Images) /

Even with the elite talent on the Warriors roster, there are still key issues with their bench.

The rough start for the Warriors has largely stemmed from lackluster or even just straight up garbage minutes from their bench squad. This has allowed situations like against the Kings, Heat, and Magic, where those teams come back to either win or create a close contest.

The second unit has been horrible on the defensive end, partially due to a lack of leadership and experience. The bench is almost entirely made up of players under the age of 25 — Donte DiVincenzo (25), Jordan Poole (23), and JaMychal Green (32) are the only rotational bench players that are older than 21 years of age. Given the expectations of the team and their young players, it’s easy to see why they are coming up short on what many had predicted.

While there’s no blatant fix, there are a few things that could help lead to an improvement.

The first option would be to play Wiseman more with Curry and Green. The 21-year-old has looked best next to the experienced duo, especially when Moses Moody and Andrew Wiggins fill out the floor. Integrating the aging veterans with the younger players has work on occasions, and it’s an element they’re going to have to try more moving forward.

The defense of the second unit has been horrendous despite the talented defensive ability of Jonathan Kuminga, Moody, JaMychal Green and even Wiseman. This could improve as Donte DiVincenzo and Andre Iguodala return to add some defensive intensity.

There could also be some trade options that become available —  perhaps the Los Angeles Lakers continue to struggle and Patrick Beverley becomes an option yet again. Either way, the Warriors need to fix their bench.