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Andre Iguodala Makes A Bold Prediction About The Warriors Bench

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When the Warriors signed Kevin Durant this summer, they had to give up a lot. They gained one of the best players in the league, but they lost a ton of bench depth. They had to unload Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes, as well as role players like Festus Ezeli, Leandro Barbosa, Marreese Speights, Brandon Rush and Jason Thompson.

Many have suggested the the Warriors might not be better off because of this. It’s not hard to make the case that the Warriors lost last year’s championship as a result of losing Bogut to injury. Barnes didn’t necessarily impress during the playoffs, but he was a vital part of their record setting regular season.

But Andre Iguodala thinks those claims are overstated. Via CSN Bay Area:

“I think our second unit will be better, actually,” Iguodala said Wednesday.

Steve Kerr backed up Iguodala with a similar statement:

“I think a couple people have either said or written that our bench is going to be not necessarily suspect but weaker than last year,” Kerr said. “We’ve got every reason to believe we can play the same way, with strength in numbers and play a lot of people.”

While the Warriors bench is on paper weaker than it was last year, Kerr is right to think that it shouldn’t hinder their playstyle. Iguodala is a defensive machine and players like Shaun Livingston, David West and Anderson Valejao are solid enough to get by. And with a big 4 of Draymond Green, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, it’s not hard to imagine that Kerr will try and slot at least one of those stars in with the rest of the bench. Replace Klay in that starting line up and let him lead the bench unit and the Warriors should be just fine.

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