3. What about the bench?
Andre Iguodala played admirably through a leg injury he sustained in the Finals opener and he sealed the deal for the Warriors in Game 2 with this memorable 3-point shot.
Additionally, Iggy pumped in 22 points on 9-for-15 shooting and 3-for-6 from beyond the arc in Game 6. This outing was his highest scoring output of the postseason. Iguodala will more than likely return next year.
However, there are question marks pertaining to some of the other players that round out the second unit. Shaun Livingston is contemplating whether he wants to play again next season or retire from the NBA altogether.
Quinn Cook, who had a few solid moments in the Finals, is in the last year of his contract. Along with that, Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell are in the final year of their current deals as well. Let’s also remember that DeMarcus Cousins, who signed a one-year, $5.3 million deal to join the Dubs this season, is also a free agent. Being that the Warriors aren’t in position to give him a substantial raise, DMC could very easily suit up for different team next season.
One of the reasons why the Raptors defeated the Warriors was the play of their second unit. If Golden State hopes to be in the hunt for a playoff spot next season, it will need to improve the production from its second unit. The question is, do the Dubs have adequate cap space to do so?