The jury is still out if the Golden State Warriors will ever regain their dominant championship form this season or in the coming years. But as far as head coach Steve Kerr is concerned, the Dubs can still get back to that level if they can get as many reps as possible with Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and James Wiseman sharing the floor.
Steve Kerr on playing Steph Curry and Draymond Green with James Wiseman as much as possible: "If we hope to be a championship contender in the next couple years, those three guys have to learn to play together."
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) January 24, 2021
Despite all the unfavorable conditions they faced at the beginning of the 2020-21 season, the Warriors have hung in there so far, holding an 8-7 win-loss slate prior to Sunday's game. Stephen Curry's return to his MVP form has a lot to do with that, with the three-time NBA champion recording 28.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 6.1 assists in his first 15 games.
Kerr's other All-Star in Draymond Green has struggled so far this season, but he continues to provide invaluable leadership. In 11 appearances, Green has put up career-lows of 4.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 1.1 steal.
James Wiseman, meanwhile, is the young piece they are hoping to hone into a star in the coming years. The second overall pick of last year's draft is indeed showing great promise in his rookie season, norming solid averages of 11.6 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.3 block in 15 games.
Obviously, the Warriors still have Klay Thompson in that equation, despite sitting out two straight seasons due to devastating injuries. But for now, Steve Kerr understands that he must go all-in on the three best talents that he has on that roster. Golden State is no longer the world-beaters of the past, but it would be foolish to count them out just yet,