Who is the Warriors’ most important player outside of Curry?

14 Jan 2022 | 18:32 | Basketball

From 2014 to the present, Curry is the most important player for the Warriors, not to mention – he was also the most important player in team history.

Who is the second most important player?

If this question had been asked in 2015 or 2016, probably many people would have answered Clay.

After all, at that time, everyone said Splash Brothers.

Had Durant asked it during his years, the answer would have been different. After all, Dooku teamed up and swept the world.


Now that it’s been a long time, looking back, the answer seems clearer?

A lot of fans will say, “Why not let Curry take the ball and let it go” — that’s what Mark Jackson played with the Warriors before.

In the 2012-13 season, the Warriors actually started with Curry + Klay + Barnes + David Lee + Bogut. At the time, David Lee was an All-Star averaging 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists per game. The Warriors won 47. Lost to the Spurs in the playoffs.

In the summer of 2013, Iguodala arrived, and the next year the Warriors won 51 and were eliminated by the Clippers in the first round.

That regular season, Curry averaged 24 points and 8.5 assists per game—yes, he also had 8.5 assists per game.

That season, Curry played 7.4 minutes per game.

In the 2014-15 season, Kerr arrived, and the Warriors made a bold change: All-star David Lee, who averaged 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists per game the previous year, was put on the bench.

Chasing Dreams – Green starts.

Curry averaged the ball down to 5.6 minutes per game, but won the MVP. The Warriors won the championship with 67 wins.

The next year, 73 wins.

Everything after that is familiar to us: Curry creates space, chases dreams and distributes balls.

The starting lineup in chasing dreams is the key to starting everything for the Warriors dynasty.


As mentioned before, the significance of Curry.

In terms of ball-handling creation, LeBron has been the pinnacle of existence in the past decade. If you are talking about the extreme style of holding a lot of the ball + space to open up, then there is Harden. Even in the past two years, the pick-and-roll + three-point routine, Lillard has played very smoothly.

But neither Harden nor Lillard are champions.

What makes Curry unique is his unparalleled off-ball threat in history and his excellent distribution of on-ball threats.

Since 2014, the Warriors have played a well-known style that other teams have struggled to replicate:

That’s not “Curry throws a tough three.” For that matter, Harden went too far in 2018-20.

The Warriors are unique in the passing and cutting after the space is widened, a lot of ball transfer in the frontcourt, and a lot of defense/communication/rotation.

This system can regenerate all kinds of smart and diligent defensive players (Livingston, Peyton), and all kinds of wing players can change their strategies (Iguodala and Porter on the 4th position, don’t Litza on the 5th).

One is due to Curry’s unparalleled no-ball threat and gravitational movement.

The second is the support of dreams, the distribution of the ball, and the versatility of the defensive end.

Since 2010, every king’s division has such a key hub of space + defense.

For example, the uniqueness of Gena’s two years of winning the championship is that Bosh can stand on the 5th position. The team has Shane/Lewis/Miller who can defend two positions in defense, and can open up space in attack. LeBron’s influence.

For example, the Spurs usually use Split + Duncan to start the inside line, and when they are in a hurry, they directly let Dior/Bonner + Duncan start, and the space is opened.

For example, the death of the Warriors is five small, to put it bluntly, Dream Chasing is a small-ball lineup center.

At the end of the 2019 Raptors Finals, Ibaka has already surpassed Marc Gasol at the 5th position with the small ball.

In 2020, the Lakers won the championship. In the next few games of the finals, Davis also directly stood at 5.

The Bucks won the championship last season, but also directly let Giannis stand at 5 and hit Ayton directly.

This is the unique value of chasing dreams:

His presence gives the Warriors enough flexibility on the defensive end; the offensive end can take advantage of the space Curry brings. “There is space for attack, and defense can protect the basket.” This type of player has been the rarest in the past decade. Dream Chasing is a bit more advanced: he can switch defenses infinitely.

A fact:

In the 2012-13 season, the Warriors ranked 14th in the defensive league.

Next year, fourth.

Next year, Chasing Dreams will start and be number one.

73-win season the following year, fifth.

Next year, second.

Last season, the Warriors were 20th in the league in offense. Curry’s scoring title held everything, but he was fifth in defense .

So far this season, he is 12th in the offensive league and first in the defensive league .

The colorful three-pointers and passes are highlighted, and the fans love to watch them.

The key to winning is defense.

The core of defense is chasing dreams.

In the history of the NBA, he can switch defense + protect the basket + pass the ball like this , so there may be only a few people such as KG, De Boucher, Bobby Jones, etc. who can liberate the possibility of offense and defense of the team.

Chasing dreams only started on the team in 2014.

So far, his assists, steals and blocks are top four in team history and seventh in rebounding team history.

1st in defensive rebounding and triple-doubles, 3rd in vorp history.

So far, in the NBA playoffs totals, 33rd in assists, 32nd in steals, 26th in blocks, and 21st in defensive rebounds — all four of which are higher than him in NBA history, only one person: Le Brown (of course LeBron has twice as many playoff games as Dream Chasers).

Therefore, the 2014-2021 Warriors have been stretched and looked, in fact, it is the era of Curry + Dream Chasing .

Although no one would say that.


Not surprisingly.

The 1987-90 Pistons are known to be the Assassins’ team; the second most important team seems to be Joe Dumars (after all, the 1989 Finals MVP, and was named one of the toughest guys by Jordan) , but anyone who has watched them play knows:

The second leader of the Pistons, and the founder of the team’s brutal temperament, was Bill Laimbeer.

It’s just that Ranbir’s image of the villain is too dazzling, and he is a blue-collar man, so everyone doesn’t mention it.

Or, when it comes to the Philadelphia team in 2001, everyone knows that AI is one-armed; but in the playoffs, Mutombo played an outstanding role.

Or, when talking about the Dallas team in 2011, everyone said that Dirk won the championship with a single core; Terry, the deputy attacker, and Kidd, the commander. Few would mention the significance of Tyson Chandler.

When people talk about nuclear, they usually only look at offense, so blue-collar workers around super attackers are generally not regarded as nuclear.

Maybe it’s the same with dreaming.

Although in fact, from a technical and tactical point of view, from 2014 to now, Dream Chasing can be regarded as the second most important player for the Warriors. He and Curry jointly constructed the Warriors system.

But because of his long-standing media image, he hasn’t been an All-Star since 2018—this year? have no idea.

——Although his influence is really worthy.

Finally, speaking of influence… list the total rapm of all players in the playoffs for the 21 years from 1998 to 2019.

Curry 10th (third offense).

KG is ninth (fourth in defense).

Durant eighth (offense fifth).

Duncan seventh.

Embiid is sixth (but he has only 612 playoff minutes, a tiny sample).

Leonard fifth.

Admiral fourth (defense first, but his sample is only 2137 minutes, too few).

Manu Ginobili is third (and it has nothing to do with him playing a lot on the bench).

The first is LeBron (an amazing sample of 10,000+ minutes, first offense, 17th defense).

The second is chasing dreams – sixth in offensive influence and third in defensive influence.

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