‘Less Inclined’: Warriors’ Steve Kerr Reveals Team’s New Strategy for the Upcoming Season

Published 09/26/2021, 2:15 AM EDT
April 27, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) sits with player development coach Bruce Fraser (right) during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


In 2019, the Golden State Warriors marginally missed out on completing their first-ever championship three-peat. And now, in a topsy-turvy situation, their fans head into 2021-22, fearing a third consecutive regular-season failure. But it looks like coach Steve Kerr has his analysis ready to ensure that doesn’t happen.

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As a part of their decision-making, the GSW franchise still has to fill their one last guaranteed roster spot. And a comparison of the current team with last year’s unit suggests they lack a big man. So is it that they’ll go for a giant center, or does coach Kerr’s assessment point in another direction?

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Steve Kerr and his calculated moves

The NBA is mostly like the Chess moves and filling a roster spot is like the pawn promotion rule. So now, coach Kerr must decide whether he can count on James Wiseman and Kevon Looney as his centerpieces or not. Now, the catch is, James is still recovering from his knee surgery and will miss out on a lot of practice. 

So, the Warriors will either have to stay very optimistic about his recovery (and performance) or they’ll have to look for a few more options. But the 55-YO coach does not see a point in adding more centers to the lineup.

In a recent interview, he added, “the league has changed quite a bit. I know if you look at our team historically over the last six, seven years, we’ve always carried a lot of centers. But think about the last part of last season. We played Draymond at five so much, we even played Juan at five. The league seems to be getting smaller and quicker every single year.”

May 16, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with forward Draymond Green (23) against the Memphis Grizzlies during the fourth quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Well, Dray might not be as lethal a rebounder or defender as he was in 2016, but he certainly can come in handy at that position.

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What gives the coach so much confidence in his Warriors?

For one, apart from Wiseman and Kevon, they have Draymond and Joan Toscano to count on. Therefore, they have four trustworthy options already. Plus, they’ve also sent out an invitation to former #37 draft pick Jordan Bell to join their camp. He could display his talent in just one game last season and if he can impress the staff during the trials, coach Kerr could reconsider giving him more minutes.

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As the champion coach added, “we’re less inclined to carry a bunch of centers like we used to. But really, if we had somebody in there who was playing well at that position and thought they could help us win, then we would keep that guy. It’s really still a matter of using training camp to figure out what makes the most sense for us.”

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This confidence in carrying a smaller team can also be a result of their 14-5 run without Wiseman last season. In fact, they ended their 2020-21 regular season with an 8-1 record. Plus, they managed this with a small lineup and Curry as the obvious offensive cornerstone. So when Klay Thompson joins, they can keep rotating centers more freely and the four options would do well.

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If you do not agree with the strategy, feel free to drop your opinion in the comments below.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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