Four of the Warriors’ five best players are 33 or older on opening night, which makes their depth more important. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Chris Paul will all miss time this season. The Warriors must have the depth to withstand those absences whenever they pop up.
Golden State had arguably the best starting five in basketball last season, and all five members are back. Chris Paul could come off the bench but has started in all of his 1,214 career games. The Dubs’ depth behind those six players relies on young talents stepping up and veterans staying healthy.
Gary Payton II was a key part of the 2022 title team, but that is the only time in his career he played more than 29 games in a season. The Dubs need his defense and screen-setting. Can he stay healthy and play a crucial role again? If not, Golden State could be in trouble.
Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody, and Brandin Podziemski must fill the remaining rotation spots. If not, the Dubs will be relying on Cory Joseph and Dario Saric to handle the minutes. The three young talents could improve significantly, but it must happen for the franchise to make another deep playoff run.
The Golden State Warriors do not have a true backup center and an injury to Kevon Looney could leave them scrambling on the trade market to fill the void. Their depth is something to watch this season, especially with the majority of their core in their mid-30s.