What's your prediction for opening night lineup? & Open thread

Talking about the regular season opener in LA

So who starts on opening night?

I’m talking about the regular season opener against the Lakers on Oct 19 2021. We can safely pencil in

Here is my quick unofficial Warriors depth chart.

PG

  • Stephen Curry G 6-3 185

  • Jordan Poole G 6-4 194

  • Chris Chiozza (TW) G 5-11 175

Of course Steph will start.

SG

  • Klay Thompson G-F 6-6 215 (after mid-January)

  • Jordan Poole G 6-4 194

  • Damion Lee G 6-5 210

  • Moses Moody G 6-6 205

Klay will definitely not start (all signs point to a return mid-January during the homestand).

Jordan Poole is the front-runner, but Coach Steve Kerr has in other situations opted to keep bench leaders in their regular role and rotation on the bench squad. So that approach probably would mean Damion Lee starts. My best guess is Kerr will try out the Poole - Curry synergy during preseason and mix and match and unless the results are definitive, Kerr will try lots of combos all season.

SF

  • Andrew Wiggins F-G 6-7 197 (pending vaccination)

  • Andre Iguodala G-F 6-6 215

  • Juan Toscano-Anderson F 6-6 209

If Wiggins doesn’t get vaccinated, as we have thrashed out throughly in the comments, he will not start or even play in the home opener on Oct 21. But because LA does not appear to have a relevant policy on vaccinations, Wiggins would be clear to start.

PF

  • Draymond Green F 6-6 230

  • Otto Porter F 6-8 198

  • Jonathan Kuminga F 6-8 210

Of course, Draymond will start.

C

  • Kevon Looney F-C 6-9 222

  • Draymond Green F 6-6 230

  • James Wiseman C 7-0 240 (after November)

  • Nemanja Bjelica F 6-10 234

I assume that Looney is starting, but given his erratic health, I suppose it is possible that Bjelica might sneak in as an option, especially to help space the floor as a stretch 5.

On the bubble

  • Langston Galloway G 6-1 200

  • Mychal Mulder G-F 6-3 184

  • Avery Bradley G 6-3 180

  • Jordan Bell F 6-8 216

  • Gary Payton II G 6-3 190

Just wanted to mention these guys on the preseason roster are not forgotten. But at most one of this list will get an NBA roster spot, and at most one may get the second Warriors two-way contract slot.