SAN FRANCISCO – Warriors fans get their first glimpse at the newest version of the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, and they’ll quickly realize they are very different from the Warriors of three days ago.
Forward Andrew Wiggins, acquired Thursday in a trade that sent D’Angelo Russell to Minnesota, will make his Warriors debut against the Lakers at Chase Center. Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:30, with the ABC game telecast scheduled to tipoff scheduled for 5:40.
In addition to Wiggins, other new faces on the Warriors roster are shooting guard Zach Norvell, forward Juan Toscano-Anderson and point guard Jeremy Pargo, who is signed to a 10-day contract. Toscano-Anderson and Pargo were called up from G-League affiliate Santa Cruz, with Norvell signed to a 10-day contract from the G-League South Bay Lakers. Point guard Ky Bowman and power forward Alen Smailagic are returning after a couple weeks with Santa Cruz.
After trading five players this week, replacing most with draft picks, the Warriors (12-40) will be using their 25th different starting lineup this season.
Playing at home for the first time since an accident took the lives of Kobe Bryant, his teenage daughter and seven others, the Warriors will pay tribute before and during the game against the Lakers. Black tribute T-shirts will be distributed to all fans and there will be a video presentation dedicated to Bryant’s legacy. The Chase Center exterior lights will glow purple and gold, signifying the colors of the Lakers upon completion of the game.
The Lakers (38-11), obviously affected by the loss of one of their legends, have since split four games but remain atop the Western Conference.
F LeBron James
F Anthony Davis
C JaVale McGee
G Danny Green
G Avery Bradley
F Andrew Wiggins
F Eric Paschall
C Marquese Chriss
G Damian Lee
G Ky Bowman
Lakers: F Anthony Davis (R index finger sprain) is listed as probable. C DeMarcus Cousins (R knee rehabilitation) is listed as out.
Warriors: F Juan Toscano-Anderson (L pelvic contusion) is listed as probable. F Draymond Green (low back tightness) has been ruled out. G Stephen Curry (L hand fracture) and G Klay Thompson (L ACL rehabilitation) are listed as out.
Lakers: Davis is averaging a team-high 26.5 ppg and 9.2 rpg. James, generally operating as a point guard, is averaging 25.1 ppg, 10.8 apg and 7.7 rpg. Each is averaging 35 mpg ... F Kyle Kuzma, the subject of trade talk prior to the deadline, remains in the Sixth Man role. He is averaging 12.9 ppg over 24.9 mpg ... Also coming off the bench are SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (9.6 ppg), C Dwight Howard (7.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg) and PG Rajon Rondo (7.4 ppg, 5.4 apg) ... With Davis Howard and McGee on the roster, it’s no surprise that Lakers lead the NBA blocks at 7.0 per game. Davis averages 2.44, McGee 1.65 and Howard 1.38. All three are in the top 20 in that category ... The Lakers are gaining a reputation for the comeback. Of their 38 wins, 10 required wiping out double-digit deficits.
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Warriors: Here’s an updated look at the active roster, by position, as of Saturday: PG – Bowman and Pargo; SG: Lee, Norvell and Jordan Poole; SF: Toscano-Anderson and Wiggins; PF: Green, Eric Paschall and Smailagic; C/F: Chriss and Kevon Looney ... In 42 games with the Timberwolves, Wiggins averaged 22.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 3.7 apg. He shot 44.4 pct. from the field, 33.1 pct. from deep and 72.0 pct. from the line. His season-high of 40 points came on Nov. 8 against the Warriors ... Pargo averaged 17.1 ppg and 6.1 apg in 31 games with Santa Cruz, while Toscano-Anderson averaged 12.5 ppg and 9.0 rpg in 31 games. Norvell played 29 games with the South Bay Lakers, averaging 15.2 ppg, shooting 39.6 pct. from distance.
Officials: Kane Fitzgerald (crew chief), Tre Maddox, Leon Wood.