Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Wednesday night at 6, streaming live on the MyTeams app.
Jerry West knows a thing or two about basketball.
He was named NBA Executive of the Year in 1995 and 2004 and is widely considered one of the best general managers in league history.
So when he looks at the 2018-19 Golden State Warriors, does he see any potential issues with the roster?
“To me, their bench is their weak point, there’s no question it’s their bench," West told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic. "But at this time of year, you don’t need it that much. You get extra days off, so guys play 40 minutes or more if need be.
"Guys can play more when you’re chasing something that is really unique and important.”
With DeMarcus Cousins and Damian Jones sidelined, the Warriors definitely don't have a lot of depth at the center position anymore.
Shaun Livingston is dealing with nagging knee soreness, Jordan Bell and Jonas Jerebko aren't in the rotation against the Clippers, Quinn Cook didn't play in Game 4 and Jacob Evans isn't ready to contribute.
On the flip side, Andre Iguodala and Kevon Looney have been spectacular, Andrew Bogut has more than exceeded expectations in his return to the Dubs and Alfonzo McKinnie is a useful wing with elite rebounding skills.
When you are top-heavy like the Warriors, the bench isn't going to register impressive statistics.
“When we go out there and the Warriors announce their starting lineup, you say, ‘Oh my gosh, doesn’t look like a fair fight,'” West said to The Athletic. “It’s like David and Goliath, that’s what it is. It almost doesn’t seem fair when they put their lineup out there."
And as he is very much aware, West is partially responsible for that -- he worked for Golden State from 2011 to 2017.