2. Looney out, Kuminga in
Even if Saric theoretically adds more three-point shooting, is he in reality if he’s going to shoot less than 35%? Would the added defensive concerns be worth it in that scenario? They’re the questions Kerr would have to ask himself.
If it isn’t Saric, then perhaps young forward Jonathan Kuminga is the answer to replace Looney. The 21-year-old is having his own shooting woes, hitting a paltry 18.2% of his three-point attempts, but he does provide an aspect the starting unit simply doesn’t have at present.
The Warriors have improved in getting to the free-throw line this season, largely thanks to Kuminga who’s getting there nearly five times per game in just over 20 minutes of playing time. His ability to attack the paint and place pressure on opposition defenses is unmatched on this Warrior roster, particularly with Wiggins in his current form.
Golden State desperately need a genuine second-scorer behind Curry. Most are looking at Thompson or Wiggins to be that person, but what if it could be Kuminga who’s already averaging the third most points on the team as is.
Kuminga can also use his size and athleticism effectively on the defensive side of the ball, offering Kerr another point-of-attack defender next to Wiggins. There’s also an argument that the former seventh overall pick should be playing more alongside Curry, with the Warriors a +10 in net rating when the pair share the floor.