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Steve Kerr Says Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins, And Kevon Looney Are Now Foundational Pieces For The Warriors Alongside The Core Of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, And Draymond Green

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Every dynasty in the NBA is built around some foundational players. The Bulls had Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, and the Spurs had Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili, to name a couple of examples. These players were the core that rosters were built around that allowed them to win multiple championships, 6 for the Bulls and 5 for the Spurs. 

The Golden State Warriors are the most recent NBA dynasty. They have been powered by the trio of Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson. These 3 have been the main players in 4 championship wins across 8 seasons. They are considered the ultimate Warriors, the foundational pieces around which the franchise has built its successful rosters.

After their recent 4th championship, though, Head Coach Steve Kerr has now added 3 more names to the list. Speaking to The Athletic, Kerr named Kevon Looney, Andrew Wiggins, and Jordan Poole also as foundational pieces along with the original trio. 

“We have probably more continuity than anybody in the league with our core group,” Kerr said. “Add Wiggs and Jordan and the institutional knowledge they’ve gained, and we have a really strong foundation. That’s the most important thing you can have in this league.

“We had it going into last year. But the difference was, a year ago, we didn’t know if we were really contenders. That’s why the 18-2 start was so big. It reinforced it. This year, being defending champs, it doesn’t guarantee anything, but you have a confident sense in who you are. We have our main six guys back, the foundational six that we know are going to be on the court for big minutes every night."

This is a huge moment for the Warriors as they try to transition from their aging core to newer stars. Wiggins, Poole, and Looney all showed out during the playoffs. They will no doubt be looking forward to building on that display. With Kuminga, Moody, and Wiseman also yet to develop, the future looks very bright for the reigning champions, especially if they are planning on winning some more.