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Steve Kerr says Patrick McCaw has earned minutes over Nick Young for now

Nick Young, Patrick McCaw

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr faces perhaps one of his toughest challenges of his tenure with the team, boasting a loaded roster with a lot of decisions to make coming into every game.

The three-year veteran at the helm is often the recipient of questions on inactive players before each game and even noted that second-year forward Patrick McCaw would be fighting newcomer Nick Young for some minutes this season.

The UNLV product has logged a total of 37 minutes through the last two games while Young has only seen 10, making that wide difference an obvious question to ask, given the disparity.

“Yeah, right now I’m gonna be going to Patty, but that doesn’t mean that can’t change,” said Kerr after a 112-92 comeback win against the San Antonio Spurs on the road. “He’s clearly played well and earned it, he’s got a year under our system and he understands it.”

“He does a lot of good stuff for us. So he’s earned minutes, he’ll keep playing, but Nick’s gonna get minutes too, it’s just a matter of time.”

McCaw isn’t gonna fill it up the way Swaggy P did during the season-opener against the Houston Rockets with a season-high 23 points, but he’s become a jack of all trades like his veteran mentor Andre Iguodala — playing great defense, communicating, and most importantly making the right play for the team.

His biggest improvement since last season has been his aggression, now willing to take open shots, instead of deferring to better shooters to do so.

Young is still learning the ways of the system and working himself into shape — putting him third in the small forward depth chart, as McCaw seems to have won the battle early in the season.