Since adding Steve Kerr as their head coach, the Warriors have been absolutely dominant this season. Winning 60 plus games and possessing an MVP candidate in Steph Curry creates a lot of excitement surrounding the Warriors. Even though many people focus on the play of their superstar back court in Curry and Klay Thompson, behind the scenes it has been their bench that has been the extra push they have needed this year.
It’s hard being the backup for arguably the best point guard in the NBA. Especially one who is such a prolific scorer like Steph Curry. But Shaun Livingston has done a fantastic job this year. He limits his turnovers, finds his go to guy in Klay Thompson, and can even rebound a little better than the average guard. After that absolutely horrific knee injury that could have ended his career, it seems that Livingston has finally found his place in the NBA. He is injury free and playing an important role on one of the best teams in the NBA.
Andre Iguodala also provides the Warriors with that extra push off the bench that most teams don’t have. Iguodala has gone from the Philadelphia 76ers franchise player to struggling to find his place with the Denver Nuggets before finally finding his place as the first guy off the bench for the Warriors. While his minutes are lower than they have been in years past, Igudola has been more efficient than ever, averaging 8 points per game on 48 percent shooting. Not bad for a sixth man if you ask me.
But really what brings the Warriors all together is their MVP candidate, Steph Curry. Curry consistently goes out there and does whatever his team needs to win. We have seen Curry do this in the past. But what sets his team apart this year has been the roster to back him up and make the Warriors a legitimate title contender in the West.
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