Warriors: Analyzing the team’s 3 biggest offseason questions

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3. What to do at the center position?

Kevon Looney has severed as a valuable center for the Warriors for several years now, but after this season, the team may be looking for a change. Looney only played in 20 games this season due to reoccurring injury and performed below expectations.

Throughout his 20 games played, Looney averaged 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game. While he missed significant time due to injury, one player in particular filled in at the position and made their case for the position going forward.

Listed as a power forward, the 6-foot-9 Marquese Chriss played most of his minutes at center this season and did well.

The fourth-year big man played in 59 games this season for the team, having started in 21 of them. Throughout the games, the 22-year-old averaged 9.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game as he rejuvenated his career.

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Mid-way through the season, the Warriors rewarded Chriss with a contract that would keep him with the team through next season, which posed a problem for Looney.

Although Looney is under contract until the end of the 2022 season, the team might be prepared for a change after Chriss’ play this season.

Another option that many suspected was that the team should take a look at upcoming draft prospect James Wiseman if the Warriors get a high pick.

However, with both Chriss and Looney already on their roster, this idea is something the team would like to strive away from in order to bolster other positions.