Warriors starting center: Kevon Looney
Kevon Looney always gets the short end of the stick. He’s the player yanked out of the starting lineup for the Warriors to “go small” despite his track record of shutting down opposing bigs and gobbling every rebound. At this point, however, Steve Kerr probably understands there’s no compelling reason for Looney to not be an every-night starter, at least for the regular season.
Looney feels like he has been around forever but is still just 27 with an impeccable recent health record, so he should lock down the center position and be a constant in what projects to be a sea of unavailability as the team manages the health of the aging core.
Warriors backup center: Dario Saric
The Warriors are excited to replace JaMychal Green and James Wiseman with Dario Saric and Trayce Jackson-Davis this season. Saric has looked great in the preseason after a dominant summer in international play for Croatia, and his chemistry with Chris Paul from their time together in Phoenix should help him earn minutes behind Looney. Once Draymond Green is healthy the role for Saric will likely be smaller, but his place as a stretch-big capable of switching on defense likely keeps him on the court.
Jackson-Davis will be outside the rotation whenever everyone is healthy, but the Warriors appear to love the rookie and he should find his way onto the court when frontcourt players miss time over the course of the year. His rebounding and vertical pop could earn him some situational minutes from time to time. Usman Garuba is a name to watch, as he entered the league just two years ago as an elite defensive prospect and could develop in the Warriors’ system into a future rotation player.
Other options: Draymond Green, Trayce Jackson-Davis, Usman Garuba