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How much of the current Warriors' team will be around next season?

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How much of the current Warriors' team will be around next season?

Editor’s note: Kerith Burke, NBC Sports Bay Area’s Warriors reporter, will take you inside the Dubs as only she can each Friday with the Ask Kerith Mailbag. Send her a question on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #askKerith.

Game On! 

@mefixcomputers #AskKerith any chance the last game of the season plays out with Klay, Steph, Dray, Wiggins and Looney all playing, and giving us a preview of our veteran core for next season’s return to contention?

@emicska Any update on Klay's possible return #AskKerith

The Warriors announced last night Klay is out for the season. Here’s the full statement: 

This news makes the feeling official. It was a long shot Klay was going to play at all this season. Steve Kerr said it's possible Klay plays in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Klay tore his ACL in June 2019. The Olympics begin in July. A year for an ACL recovery falls into the typical range. 

It’s looking more apparent that Steph will play in early March based on what he’s doing in practice

Via IG, @drewatt wonders: Is it really a good idea to let Steph play this season? With Klay being done of the year it would seem the best idea would be shutting down Draymond and letting Steph heal the rest of the season. Has the team given any thought to this? 

When Steph is ready to play, he’ll play. Getting him back on the court once he’s cleared is a head start to build chemistry for next season. 

There’s a mental side to this, of course. Steph got to rest while he rehabbed his hand. That’s good! Rehab is also boring and it takes a player away from their routine. Competitors want to play, and time in the NBA is not infinite. 

The sooner he can re-enter his life as the face of the Warriors, the better it will be for him, his teammates, the coaches, the fans, Chase Center and TV ratings. It’s remarkable what rides on him. 

I know people want to package Klay’s injury with Steph’s, but the injuries are different. And while it’s true Draymond could use some rest, shutting down all of them would put the team in a tailspin. Who would lead? What would the product on the floor look like? Would they have enough bodies if other injuries pop up? Would this be tantamount to tanking? 

These hypotheticals are unnecessary. If the medical staff determines Steph can play, there’s no reason to hold him out. Steph gets a voice, too. He wants to play. 

@K_Weavs_ How do you think the emergence of Marquese Chriss will affect how the Warriors draft this summer? #askKerith

Via IG, @goldenstatewarriorsreign asks: With Quese showing out, will the Dubs focus on him for the future of the center position or will they get someone to start over him? Kevon, or James Wiseman if picked? 

Marquese looks like a gem. He’s athletic, and the magic words lately are “vertical spacing.” He catches lobs and dunks the ball off the planet. 

The Warriors converted his two-way contract into a two-year deal, so he has more security than he started with. He’s part of the plan, and he has risen to the task of being the starting center. Kevon Looney’s role is off the bench.

Kerr said the Warriors will look to draft a center this summer, but I don’t know if that means they’re all-in on James Wiseman. He’ll be 19 when the draft rolls around. The Warriors care about developing players, but they’ll have to determine if they need the draft pick to play ASAP. If they use their first-round pick on a center, Chriss gives them a cushion year to figure it out. 

Wiseman’s college experience was three games at Memphis. This season, Kerr has discussed the amount of learning young guys have to go through to make it in the NBA. I hope Wiseman has good teachers around him now.

One of the reasons Eric Paschall has acclimated well to the NBA is the four years he spent at Villanova. I am 100 percent in favor of adults making their own decisions and for graduating high schoolers to bypass college and enter the NBA if they wish. I also think that’s going to be exceptionally tough. Not everyone is LeBron.

@stagedarren BOOGIE! What’s his contract status for next season? If available, would love to bring him back for a MLE. Would the Warriors have any interest? #AskKerith

I like fans’ enthusiasm for bringing back former players, but I don’t see a reunion for DeMarcus Cousins and the Dubs. Both parties moved on when Boogie signed a one-year deal with the Lakers. 

It might be too risky, as well. Boogie rehabbed a left Achilles tear and a torn left quad with the Warriors. Then in a summer workout, he tore his left ACL. This collection of injuries will make teams skittish. 

@irenealcachupas #askKerith do you think the Warriors can make it to the playoffs?

No, not this season. 

@boo161 #askKerith do the Warriors plan on keeping the team they have built going into next season?

I think so. This whole season has been about development and experience. Jordan Poole, Eric Paschall, Marquese Chriss and Ky Bowman are getting valuable minutes. Alen Smailagic has shown progress. Damion Lee is older, but playing time is good for him, too. 

Alongside Steph, Klay and Draymond, Andrew Wiggins is an intriguing player with plenty of upside. I think Wiggins is a long-term piece. 

@toogr8fltm Will someone provide the Dubs' draft picks over the next 3 years? It’s pretty confusing.

This should help. Click that link for a look at the Warriors' 13 draft picks through 2026.

High Five

This week’s high five goes to Juan Toscano-Anderson for holding a basketball clinic in Monterrey, Mexico during the All-Star Break. 

I had a long talk with Juan about his time in Mexico and what it means to him to be one of the few Latino faces in the NBA. He has a vision for his future that details giving back plenty to a community that supported him. Look for that story coming soon. 

Andrew Wiggins-Steph Curry duo's potential shown in Warriors NBA 2K sim

Andrew Wiggins-Steph Curry duo's potential shown in Warriors NBA 2K sim

Editor’s note: With the NBA season halted over coronavirus concerns, Warriors fans have unanswered questions about the team and how it’s building toward the future. To provide answers, NBC Sports Bay Area will simulate some previously scheduled Warriors games through NBA 2K, mixing video-game results with real-life insights for our coverage team.

Even amid the NBA season suspension due to the global coronavirus pandemic, Andrew Wiggins enters the spring as the Warriors' biggest question mark.

A former No. 1 overall draft pick, Wiggins' potential drops jaws, while his inconsistency is head-scratching. Upon arrival, the Warriors believed his ability would bode well alongside Steph Curry and the team's culture.

In a simulation of the March 28 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder using NBA 2K20, Wiggins showed promise towards that goal in a 117-110 loss.

In the digital confines, Wiggins finished with 35 points, getting most of his buckets within the flow of the Warriors' motion offense.

"I think he really fits well," Draymond Green said of Wiggins last month. "As seamless as it could possibly be, I think he can fit right in. He can score the basketball, he can run the wings, he's a pretty good defender. So I think he'll definitely fit in with this core for a long time."

Similar performances weren't as consistent during Wiggins' first four seasons in Minnesota. Wiggins didn't live up to the expectations that come with being a franchise player. His offensive inconsistency quickly drew the ire of NBA observers. Worse, Wiggins became one of the worst defenders in the league, even after he signed a five-year, $145 million contract.

Nonetheless, the Warriors saw potential in the 25-year old, trading former All-Star point guard D'Angelo Russell, along with Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman, in part to pair Wiggins with Curry. In the 2K simulation, the pairing worked, as the tandem combined for 62 points on the night.

The performance was consistent with Wiggins' lone real-world game alongside the former MVP. Against the Raptors back on March 5, the duo combined for 44 points in Curry's return from a broken left hand.

Curry's first highlight against the Raptors came with the help of his Canadian teammate, when he took a dribble in the lane, drew a double-team and fired a behind the back pass to Wiggins in the lane, leading to an easy layup, surprising Wiggins in the process.

"I didn't even know it was coming, really," Wiggins admitted after the loss to the Raptors. "I was kind of watching like it may come, but then when he went behind the back I was just trying to catch it. It was a hell of a pass."

"I'm very excited," Wiggins added. "He's an MVP player, one of the greats. He helped transition the game with his 3s and how fast he plays. So, I'm excited."

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Wiggins' virtual performance Saturday coincided with his strong play during his short stint in the Bay Area. In his last five games, he averaged 20 points on 46 percent shooting from the field. If Wiggins continues to build on his current play, the Warriors will see the potential they've wanted all along, making for an intriguing process Wiggins says he's ready for.

"I feel like I've adjusted well," Wiggins told NBC Sports Bay Area earlier in March. "I've never played with anyone as good as him. By far, he's the best player that I've played with. Just getting a chance to learn from him and feeding off him and just learning."

Watch every Steph Curry 3-pointer with Warriors from 30 feet and beyond

Watch every Steph Curry 3-pointer with Warriors from 30 feet and beyond

Today is the 30th day in March.

Warriors superstar Steph Curry wears No. 30.

Obviously, that means you should watch every single 3-pointer the two-time NBA MVP has made in his career from 30 feet and beyond.

Thank you to our friends at the Warriors for making this possible:

You watched all 87, right? What's your favorite?

Is it the famous 37-footer against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Feb. 27, 2016? What about the 62-footer he swished at the end of the third quarter in Game 6 of the 2015 Western Conference semifinals against the Memphis Grizzlies?

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There just are so many incredible ones to choose from.

Now go spend 10 more minutes watching all 87 again ...

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