Former NBA champion Shaun Livingston thinks a good depth and a regular contribution from role players will be a key in the Golden State Warriors' bid to revive their dynasty. Livingston, who retired prior to the last season, won three NBA Championships after joining the Warriors in 2014.
Livingston is now longer an active player but he has joined the Warriors as their new director, player affairs and engagement. After making five consecutive NBA Finals, the Warriors had a down year as they failed to make the playoffs this past season.
The Warriors lost Kevin Durant in the offseason, Klay Thompson spent the entire season recovering from an injury, while Stephen Curry and Draymond Green were limited also due to injuries. "I think it's just being able to find contributions all throughout the team," Livingston said Tuesday on 95.7 The Game's "The Morning Roast," as revealed on Yahoo Sports.
"Even when you are top-heavy a little bit, there comes a point in the games where it could be a long game, and then you get into the playoffs as well, it becomes even more paramount. Playing seven-game series, you're looking for contributions throughout the lineup.
So, I think it's just shoring up."
Livingston was that guy for the Warriors
Livingston knew his role with the Warriors as he regularly contributed from the bench. If the team wants to again contend for the titles, they will need to find more role players who are able to contribute regularly.
The Warriors finished the season with one of the worst records in the league and they now own a No. 2 pick in the upcoming NBA draft. "There's also, too, last year with the team going through changes, becoming younger, maybe looking at trying to get veteran pieces or maybe certain guys to come in.
But it's just looking to try to get contributions all throughout. I think that's the biggest thing. You look at the teams that are going deep in the playoffs, the depth is there -- of course the star power is there -- but you also have contributions from complementary roles," Livingston added.
The Warriors should be one of the contenders this upcoming NBA season but it won't be easy as the Los Angeles Lakers are still considered as the best team in the Western Conference. It remains to be seen if the Warriors can return to the NBA Finals next season.