Warriors coach Steve Kerr intends to use Willie Cauley-Stein in same role as JaVale McGee
Speaking with Monte Poole of The Warriors Insider Podcast, Kerr shared what role he intends to give the seven-footer whom they acquired earlier this month.
“He’s really mobile. He gives us the lob threat that really only JaVale McGee has given us in the five years I’ve been here in that five spot,” Kerr said, via Alex Didion of NBC Sports.
In addition, Kerr noted that Cauley-Stein will provide the team with some versatility on both ends of the court. Depending on what they need, Kerr can either insert the more athletic Cauley-Stein into the lineup or use the slightly heftier Kevon Looney.
“Willie reminds of JaVale in terms of his speed and capabilities. He gives us a nice counter to [Kevon Looney],” Kerr added.
With Cauley-Stein on the roster, Warriors fans can expect a ton of lobs off of pick-and-rolls. D’Angelo Russell, who has developed into an excellent playmaker, will likely produce some two-man plays with him.
Cauley-Stein, the sixth overall pick in 2015, had a decent showing last year. He put up 11.9 points along with career highs in rebounds (8.4), assists (2.4) and steals (1.2) across 27.3 minutes in 81 games — all starts. He also shot 55.6 percent from the field and 55.1 percent from the free-throw line.
Kerr has yet to unveil a starting lineup. However, he’ll likely insert Looney into the starting five, as he’s more familiar with the Warriors’ system.