3. How will the Warriors “bridge the eras”?
The Warriors are in a spot most teams don’t usually find themselves in. They are clearly a team that has title aspirations. However, they have these really good young players to build around, too. James Wiseman went through a tumultuous rookie year, but he is ready to contribute in year two. They took Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody in the top-15 picks in the NBA Draft this season. Kuminga injured his knee in the preseason, but they are still very excited about him.
So, does Steve Kerr give these guys the minutes they need to grow, or does he go all-in on this season? What about crunch time? A guy like Wiseman might be prone to mistakes when the pressure is at its highest just because he hasn’t been in the situation. Keeping him in might lead to losses now, but it would lead to very important learning experiences.
Curry, Thompson, Green, and even veterans like Andre Iguodala and Avery Bradley don’t want to wait for players to make mistakes. They especially don’t want to watch it happen while they are on the bench.
How can the Warriors deal with this divide on the roster? They need to play with it very delicately. Making a wrong move could have a major impact now and in the future.