Golden State Warriors: Fantasy Lineups
Okay, so you’re probably just as excited as I am about Kevin Durant playing for the Warriors, but what does this mean, really? We know that Durant is one of the best players in the league right now, among the Top 3 or Top 5, depending on who you ask, but his greatness all falls apart if the Warriors depend too much on offense and take a step back in their defense.
We already saw this last season. With an injured Bogut, the Warriors had a huge chunk of their defense missing. In the end, it appears that playing small ball doesn’t necessarily win championships, and it is likely going to stay that way for awhile until the game as a whole is played on shooting prowess, which, of course, the Warriors are clear leaders.
It seems like a no-brainer that in big games—like the hoped-for rematch with Cleveland in the Finals—the lineup to finish close games is expected to be Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green. But this might not be enough to defend the paint against a hard-driving LeBron or match up against tall front lines like San Antonio’s. I still believe that one of the reasons why we lost last season is because Bogut wasn’t around. Now, if the Warriors make it to the finals again, Coach Steve Kerr has more reasons to play Varejao or Pachulia.
What do you think? Should Coach Kerr just stick with a six-man rotation in Curry, Thompson, Iguodala, Durant, Green and Ian Clark? If so, how do you think Durant will fare playing the 4 or 5 spot? Personally, I think such a lineup goes against the principles of Coach Kerr’s basketball. For one, he doesn’t believe in “personality” basketball—always encouraging teamwork, communication, and cooperation, and all those other “fluffy” stuff.
Sure, it’s cheesy and laughable, but it works. I hope the Warriors have learned from last season not to forget their big men. If they want to win this season, they’re going to need them.