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Warriors’ Steve Kerr said likely same starting five, but Iguodala could come off bench

Aug 11, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Andre Iguodala AP

Don’t fix what ain’t broken.

Last season when the Warriors starting five were on the court — Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, David Lee and Andrew Bogut — they outscored their opponents by 15.5 points per 100 possessions (or if you prefer 15 points per 48 minutes).

That is impressive. It also means their bench wasn’t nearly as impressive (as a team the Warriors were +4.8 per 48).

New Warriors coach Steve Kerr likely will keep the successful starting five together… but he’ll look at his options. Like maybe bringing Andre Iguodala off the bench, he told the San Jose Mercury News.

“Andre (Iguodala) started last year, which he probably will (again), but there’s a lot of options that we have because we’ve got really good players in Harrison (Barnes) and Draymond (Green),” Kerr said, adding that he would likely use the same lineup as last season. “But most of it usually comes down to how the combination fits. … How do the pieces of the puzzle fit?”

Unless Barnes returns to somewhere close to 2013 playoff form I’m not sure how this is a discussion. And even then it seems like a bad idea.

Iguodala brings a real defensive presence to the starting five — they were 6.3 points per 100 possessions better on defense when he played. Green was -3.1 per 100, Barnes was -4.8. Kerr’s going to take that out of the starting line up?

Iguodala had the best per-100 rating on the team, the Warriors were +13.7 per 100. He’s the glue guy this roster this roster needed. You can’t move him out of the starting lineup.

Kerr was most likely trying to fire up Barnes and Green here, the fact is Kerr needs to get more out of this bench. If he can do that, and bring more complexity and motion to the offense, he’s going to look like a smart rookie coach.

Smart people also don’t fix what ain’t broken.

  1. money2long - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Maybe it’s him saying, I just have to do something different to separate myself from the old coach.

    • jetnotjets - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      More likely just watching his minutes. According to a post on this site yesterday, Iggy is in the Top 8 players of minutes played per game since 1980. That’s a lot of mileage on those tires. Keep him fresh, and give some seniority to the 2nd unit as a bonus.

  2. mungman69 - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:06 AM


  3. juicyjwebb - Aug 11, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    This is a bad idea.

  4. norcalkingsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    You need his defense and playmaking in the starting five. Anyone who watched the warriors last year knows that Iggy is just as valuable, if not more valuable, than any person on that team; including Steph Curry. You don’t relegate guys with that much sound basketball skill to the bench.

    • antistratfordian - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      I like the idea of Igoudala coming off the bench. It will allows them to maximize all of his skills because as a starter on that team he just became one dimensional.

  5. mogogo1 - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    It’d better work whatever he does. Huge expectations have been set. They’re a young and exciting team but it’s a tough conference and with the Jackson firing ownership has basically announced losing to a better-seeded team isn’t acceptable come playoff time. Now, Kerr is the owner’s guy, so no doubt there’ll be plenty of spin if they do fall short of last year, but the fans won’t be so kind.

  6. elcaminobilly - Aug 11, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    It seems bizarre at first glance, but maybe he is figuring if he puts Iguodala in the reserves, when they come in he would then be able to have a much more cohesive game and not have to have such a reliance on the starters? Just a thought.

  7. ProBasketballPundit - Aug 11, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    You could say this about a lot of teams/scenarios but… If Iggy was in his prime on this exact same team, they’d be amazing.

  8. Lujah - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    I like it. Move barnes back to the starting five. He’s not ready to run the bench as a 6th man. He’s a good defender. With livingston running point, him, Igo and dray would drastically improve the bench. Which is the most important thing for this team. He will likely still close games and have more energy to boot. If everybody could just stay healthy the warriors could possibly get a higher seed this year.

    If klay and barnes can be consistent then this is a championship team.

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