Predicting The Golden State Warriors Starting Lineup and Bench for 2012-2013
For the most part the starting lineup for the Golden State Warriors is set. The only position that has question marks is at the small forward spot. The battle is between Brandon Rush and first round pick Harrison Barnes.
Here are the four starters: point guard Stephen Curry, shooting guard Klay Thompson, power forward David Lee and Andrew Bogut.
As for the starting small forward for head coach Mark Jackson it makes sense for him to go with Rush as he has more experience, he is the better defender, he is among the better three-point shooters and he doesn’t need to score a high number of points as there are four other capable scorers in the lineup.
With Barnes it means the Warriors have a dynamic scorer off the bench. The remaining bench players are point guards Jarrett Jackand Charles Jenkins, shooting guard Kent Bazamore, forward Draymond Green, small forward Richard Jefferson, power forwards Carl Landry and Jeremy Tyler, centers Andris Biedrins, Festus Ezeli and Ognjen Kuzmic.
The trio of players likely to end up not dressed and spending time in the D-League are Ezeli, Kuzmic and Tyler.
Jack is the primary backup at point guard, Barnes will get the opportunity to give Thompson or Rush a rest, Jefferson provides a veteran leader off the bench, Landry is the primary backup to Lee and Biedrins will give Bogut a breather. Jenkins, Bazamore and Green will see time in blowouts.
This is the deepest bench that the team has had in years and gives the opportunity for starters to not have to play as many minutes and not have to worry about a lead being lost making the Golden State Warriors a sleeper team in 2012-2013.