With Jonathan Kuminga about to implant his size sixteen footprint on the league, Moses Moody’s G League assignment showing promise, and Jordan Poole finding consistency in a starting role, Steve Kerr is about to set the stage for the Golden State Warriors’ young core to see more meaningful minutes. The four-time championship winning coach is beginning to diminish the time where his seasoned playoff veterans need to be on the floor.
Steve Kerr’s vision for the 2022-23 season was altered with the Golden State Warriors struggles to find their identity over the first 45 games.
With roles now defined, the Warriors are about to take us on a journey in quest of another Larry O’Brien Trophy. Over the next three contests, the Warriors will visit Oklahoma City, Minneapolis, and Denver, leaving the friendly confines of Chase Center with dramatic wins over the Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors. The goal is to add to the current winning streak and return home while sustaining momentum into the All-Star break.
The road-trip may be James Wiseman’s final minutes in a Warriors uniform, with the future of the former number two overall pick up in the air ahead of the February 9th deadline. Wiseman hasn’t seen a minute of playing time since December 28, despite being active over the last two games after an ankle injury.
The seven-foot big man should have the opportunity to demonstrate that his month of sitting and learning from the Warriors’ veterans has not gone to waste. Wiseman’s size and unique athleticism will be needed to counter the home team’s size advantage in Minneapolis and Denver, giving him perhaps one final chance to earn Kerr’s trust.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers will use the remaining games before the All-Star break to assess the roster’s needs. Using addition by subtraction may improve the defending champions’ quest to repeat, but even if they do deal Wiseman, the young core is well placed to assume the dynasty mantle beyond this season.