The Golden State Warriors dynasty is in danger of crumbling. They are currently 10-14 and outside the top ten in the Western Conference. Draymond Green is suspended indefinitely, and the veterans are struggling. Stephen Curry is still one of the best players on the planet, but his supporting cast is simply not good enough right now.
There will be plenty of trade rumblings if things do not improve. The Warriors are paying a hefty luxury tax bill to keep their core together and want to maximize Curry’s greatness. They dreamed of a fifth championship, but making it a reality seems distant.
Trades rarely happen in December, so what can the Dubs do now? Head coach Steve Kerr can start by altering his rotation. He has stuck with veterans too long and needs to reward the talent that is playing well. It started with benching Andrew Wiggins on Thursday night, and here is a look at how Kerr should alter the Warriors' current rotation.
More playing time: Chris Paul
Playing CP3 next to Stephen Curry makes their backcourt small, but that is a risk worth taking. The Warriors are 15th in offensive rating and desperately need to get more easy buckets. Paul is one of the best point guards in NBA history. He will create plays and get their offense rolling.
Playing Paul and Curry together has produced an 6.7 net rating in 276 minutes, which is fifth-best on the team with a minimum of 200 minutes played. It forces Curry to operate more off the ball, but he is the best shooter in NBA history. The Warriors have to play a bit differently, but the two future Hall of Famers are making it work.
Golden State cannot push Chris Paul too far. The 38-year-old is in his 19th NBA season and has a lengthy injury history. Still, they should give him a bit more run to steady their offense and create some easy buckets. CP3 is a veteran that coach Kerr can lean on as he shifts to playing his young talent.