After becoming one of the best teams in NBA history for about five years, the Golden State Warriors had a horrible season in 2019-20. However, they are expected to be much better in 2020-21 after some recent big moves, and with Stephen Curry returning to the lineup. So, what could the Warriors’ 2020-21 starting lineup and rotation look like? Here is a potential sneak peak.
Stephen Curry returns as the starting point guard for the Golden State Warriors
Last season, Stephen Curry only played in five games for the Warriors, which was a big reason why they only went 15-50 overall. However, prior to that, he was on one of the greatest runs in NBA history.
Curry helped lead the Warriors to five straight NBA Finals and proved that he is potentially the greatest shooter of all-time. After winning a championship in 2014-15, as well as the league MVP award with 23.8 points per game, 7.7 assists, and two steals, Curry had a remarkable year in 2015-16. He led the NBA in points per game with 30.1. He also led the league in steals that year with 2.1 to go with 6.7 assists and 5.4 rebounds. Curry also made a remarkable 402 3-point field goals that year, which helped him win his second MVP award.
He then continued to prove that he is one of the best point guards in the NBA. In the five years that the Warriors went to five straight NBA Finals and won three championships, Curry averaged 26.5 points per game, 6.5 assists, and 1.8 steals. He also shot 43.4% from 3-point range on 10.1 attempts per game.
If Curry is back to where we expect him to be, he should have a great season starting at point guard for the Warriors in 2020-21.
Kelly Oubre Jr. and Andrew Wiggins should start along the wing
Sadly for the Warriors, they will not have five-time All-Star Klay Thompson for a second straight season as he suffered a season-ending injury about a month before the 2020-21 season. This is a brutal blow, as he averaged 20 points per game or more in every season from 2014-15 through 2018-19.
However, the Warriors made a big move for their 2020-21 lineup recently by trading for Kelly Oubre Jr. Last season with the Phoenix Suns, Oubre had a breakout year, averaging 18.7 points per game and 6.4 rebounds. He also shot a career-best 35.2% from 3-point range.
Oubre should start along the wing for the Warriors with former No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins. The Warriors traded for Wiggins last season, and he averaged 21.8 points per game and 5.1 rebounds last year. He also averages 19.7 points per game and 4.4 rebounds for his career.
Wiggins and Oubre should both give the Warriors great scoring options along the wing in 2020-21.
Draymond Green and James Wiseman should be the starting big men
Draymond Green should be the starting power forward for Golden State as he returns for his ninth season with the team. Green is a three-time All-Star, as he averaged as many as 14 points per game for the Warriors in 2015-16, as well 9.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists that year. Green really brings it on the defensive end, though, as he won the 2016-17 Defensive Player of the Year award. We all know that Green will bring the energy and tenacity at power forward for Golden State.
The other starting big man in the Warriors’ 2020-21 starting lineup should be the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft, James Wiseman. Despite only playing in three games in college after an NCAA violation, Wiseman is seen as a generational talent. He stands at 7 feet, 1 inch tall, and was one of the top two recruits coming out of high school in 2019. In those three college games, Wiseman averaged 19.7 points per game, 10.7 rebounds, and three blocks. He should be a great addition at starting center for the Warriors in 2020-21.
Who will come off the bench for the Golden State Warriors?
In addition to the stars in the starting lineup, Brad Wanamaker should back up Curry at point guard. The Warriors also have two serviceable backups along the wing in Damion Lee, who averaged nearly 13 points per game last year, and Kent Bazemore, who has been a decent defender in his career.
Additionally, Eric Paschall, who averaged 14 points per game last season, should be in the big-man rotation with Green and Wiseman. This is in addition to Marquese Chriss, who averaged 9.3 points per game and 6.2 rebounds for the Warriors last season.
The Warriors will sadly be without Klay Thompson this year. This starting lineup and rotation, though, should still make them a top team in the Western Conference.