The Warriors will look like a brand-new team when they take the floor for the inaugural regular-season game at Chase Center this October. Many of the faces Bay Area fans had become familiar with seeing on a nightly basis -- including Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston -- will not be lining the bench alongside head coach Steve Kerr.
Among the bevy of new faces representing the Dubs on the court is center Willie Cauley-Stein. After signing a contract with the Warriors this offseason, the big man will be counted on to fill an important role for Golden State as a reserve.
Steve Kerr recently joined Warriors Insider Monte Poole on his podcast and spoke about how the Kentucky product will fit in with the team's new rotation.
"He's really mobile. He gives us the lob threat that really only JaVale McGee has given us in the five years I've been here in that five spot," said Kerr.
Cauley-Stein was sixth in the NBA a season ago with 182 dunks, finishing one spot behind McGee, who had 201 with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kerr also spoke about the favorable combination of having two centers with different skillsets, allowing Golden State to more effectively attack matchups in the post.
"Willie reminds of JaVale in terms of his speed and capabilities. He gives us a nice counter to [Kevon Looney]," said Kerr.
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With a projected backcourt of Steph Curry and D'Angelo Russell, Cauley-Stein should have ample opportunity to catch lob passes both on the fast break and on drives to the basket by the talented guards.
It's likely the Warriors will opt to start Looney -- a guy who's been in the Warriors system since being drafted in 2015 -- but there will be a significant need for help in the frontcourt, especially in regard to rim protection.
The Warriors are prepping to open up the 2019-20 season in some new digs at the Chase Center in San Francisco. The team is going to do it with some nice new uniforms as well.
Leading it all will be Steph Curry who is more than ready to get started. He even gave a bold prediction that he's going to make it rain from the arch on opening night as the team plays host to the Los Angeles Clippers:
The six-time All-Star suggests nothing but buckets during a GoDaddy launch even in the San Francisco.
His wife, Ayesha, responded perfectly with a simple "Wow, OK."
But we appreciate the confidence.
Curry's teammate Klay Thompson still hosts the NBA single-game record with his 14-three pointer performance last October, but Steph is right behind him with 13.
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First thing's first: If anyone is going to drain 22 threes, it's Steph. And if that's the case, and he doesn't reach that checkpoint, perhaps he'll reach just enough threes to surpass Klay and leave him quiet for a while. At least until he comes back from injury.
Either way, expect a show on opening night.
The last player to win at least three NBA MVP awards was LeBron James when he took home the trophy for a fourth time in the 2012-13 season.
Steph Curry is ready to add to his trophy case. The Warriors' start point guard came up short in his attempt to three-peat as a champion last season, but he has a third MVP on his mind this year.
"At the end of the day, winning an MVP would be special," Curry said Tuesday to ESPN's Rachel Nichols on "The Jump." "And it's something that -- I've experienced before and would love to experience again.
"I'd love to push the envelope and push the limits a little bit."
Curry averaged 23.8 points and 7.7 assists per game while shooting 44.3 percent from the 3-point line in his first of two MVP seasons. He's averaged more points per game in every season since, and his 27.3 points per game last season were the second-highest of his career.
With Kevin Durant gone and Klay Thompson out for several months with a torn ACL, Curry is expected to see plenty of shots and could put up huge numbers. Curry was seen putting up shots late Monday night at the Warriors practice facility in San Francisco and seems locked in on silencing the Dubs' doubters.
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"I always say, I'm playing like I'm the best player on the floor no matter what the situation is," Curry said to Nichols. "That's my mentality. It might not mean I'm taking every shot, but that's the aggressiveness that I need to play with and the confidence I need to have."
This will be a whole different Warriors team than in past years, but it could also be the return of MVP Steph.