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Steve Kerr reveals one of Warriors' main priorities for NBA offseason

Steve Kerr reveals one of Warriors' main priorities for NBA offseason

If we assume Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins start at power forward and small forward, respectively, for the Warriors next season, where does that leave Eric Paschall?

Ideally, he would play about 25 minutes per night and close some games alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond and Wiggins.

Would that lineup truly work and cause problems for opponents?

"It's really hard to play groups that have more than one non-shooter," Warriors coach Steve Kerr told The Athletic's David Aldridge and BIG Wos on the "Hoops, Adjacent" podcast. "If you can have all five guys as shooters, now you got the floor spaced, and it's so hard to defend that. So, a big part of our offseason is working with Eric on his 3-point shooting. ... He showed the ability to knock them down, but (he] can be more consistent.

"And then if we can get Draymond back to where he was with his 3-point shooting ... a big part of the offseason is really trying to get those guys back in a consistent mode with their 3-point shooting. That really opens up a lot of possibilities offensively and lineup-combination wise."

Paschall -- who shot under 29 percent from deep as a rookie -- acknowledged in December that he would use the offseason to change the form and mechanics on his 3-point shot.

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Draymond shot 38.8 percent from beyond the arc during the 2015-16 season (when he was second-team All-NBA), but he made less than 30 percent of his triples over the last four regular seasons combined.

"I've kind of had to restructure my jump shot, kind of restructure my whole body," the three-time NBA champion said on the "All the Smoke" podcast in April. "After we swept the Cavs in the [2018] Finals, my hip was bothering me. The next day, I couldn't really walk.

"I ended up getting my hips checked out and stuff, and there were some issues. I had to recorrect -- strengthen my core, which is something I never even really knew. In doing all of that, it kind of changed my shot because it changed the way I lift up.

"If I can get that back to above 36 percent -- possibly shoot 40 percent, which I know I'm more than capable of -- the league is in trouble again if I can do that. That's my goal."

[RELATED: Why Paschall is confident he'll make impact despite lesser role]

As for Wiggins, he's a career 33 percent shooter from distance. But it's very reasonable to expect that number to improve as he attempts more wide-open catch-and-shoot 3s within the Warriors' offense.

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NBA G League Walnut Creek team inspires creative names on Twitter

NBA G League Walnut Creek team inspires creative names on Twitter

The Warriors left Oakland last year for San Francisco, and a new professional basketball team is on its way to the Bay Area

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Monday that Walnut Creek will host the NBA G League's Pro Pathway team. 

With the news hitting social media Monday, the real question is, what will this team be named? Let me interject. 

That team is better left for Atherton. Here are some better, more creative, names for Walnut Creek's future G League team. 

Walnut Creek's team will be headlined by top prospect Jalen Green, who played his high school ball locally at Napa's Prolific Prep. Oakland native Brian Shaw, who served as an analyst for Warriors coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area last season, was named head coach.

[RELATED: Why Warriors GM Myers got Forrest Gump nickname at UCLA]

The team originally was going to be based in Southern California, but plans changed. It also is unclear how the coronavirus pandemic will impact how Walnut Creek competes against the rest of the NBA G League franchises.

If they are allowed to safely attend games, though, Warriors general manager Bob Myers should be spending plenty of time in Walnut Creek next season.

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What Warriors' Steve Kerr learned about Andrew Wiggins from Tom Thibodeau

What Warriors' Steve Kerr learned about Andrew Wiggins from Tom Thibodeau

The Warriors acquired Andrew Wiggins from the Minnesota Timberwolves just before the Feb. 6 NBA trade deadline.

Shortly thereafter, Tom Thibodeau -- who coached Wiggins for multiple seasons in Minnesota -- visited Golden State's facility in San Francisco.

Naturally, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was able to pick Thibs' brain.

“We had just traded for Andrew Wiggins and he was really helpful,’’ Kerr told Marc Berman of The New York Post over the weekend. “I had a long conversation with [Thibodeau] about Andrew.

"He gave me some good advice on ways to connect with Andrew, how much he enjoyed coaching him and why."

The chat certainly helped.

Wiggins averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals over 12 games with the Dubs, while shooting nearly 46 percent overall and 34 percent from deep.

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“He showed some X’s and O’s and went over some actions they ran for [Wiggins],” Kerr said. “Some of the things they were trying to do."

The Warriors' coaching staff was very pleased with what they saw from the 25-year-old in a short amount of time, and are confident he will thrive playing alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

[RELATED: Why Hardaway believes Wiggins trade was great for Warriors]

Wiggins fills a need on the wing, and the goal is for him to become a lock-down defender.

"I was particularly pleased with his defense, especially on the ball," assistant coach Ron Adams told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami in early June. "I just thought he did a really good job. And against the best players in the league, he really enjoys playing against them and actually picks his game up when he did play against those guys.

“The sky’s the limit for this guy."

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