Golden State Warriors' Starting Lineup & Depth Chart - Dec. 22, 2023 | NBA 2023-24

Warriors' Recent Upswing Faces Test Against Wizards.

by Faizan Chaudhary
Golden State Warriors' Starting Lineup & Depth Chart - Dec. 22, 2023 | NBA 2023-24
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As the Golden State Warriors gear up for their Friday night showdown against the Washington Wizards at the Chase Center, excitement builds around their potential for a .500 record, riding the momentum of a three-game winning streak.

The spotlight is on their evolving lineup and depth chart for the December 22 clash, as the team navigates through a season marked by challenges and rejuvenation. The Warriors' journey this season has been a rollercoaster, punctuated by last month's struggles.

However, the tide seems to be turning. Draymond Green's suspension has inadvertently opened doors for rising stars like Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody, and Trayce Jackson-Davis, each seizing the opportunity to showcase their burgeoning talent.

Andrew Wiggins, in a display of team spirit, has adapted to a bench role, allowing rookie Brandin Podziemski to shine in the starting lineup. Meanwhile, Stephen Curry continues to dazzle with MVP-caliber performances, and Klay Thompson appears to have hit his stride, finding form in recent games.

Amidst these shifts, Head Coach Steve Kerr has tactically modified the starting lineup since the season's outset. Chris Paul, in a surprising twist, has taken up the mantle of the team's sixth man, and Andrew Wiggins has embraced a bench role since last week.

The team is currently navigating the absence of Draymond Green and Gary Payton II, sidelined due to suspension and injury, respectively. Green's suspension, following an incident with Jusuf Nurkic of the Phoenix Suns, remains indefinite, while Payton's calf injury has him slated for re-evaluation next week.

The Warriors' current starting lineup and depth chart against the Washington Wizards are as follows:

  • PG: Steph Curry
  • SG: Brandin Podziemski
  • SF: Klay Thompson
  • PF: Jonathan Kuminga
  • C: Kevon Looney

Depth Chart:

  • PG: Steph Curry, Chris Paul, Cory Joseph
  • SG: Brandin Podziemski, Moses Moody, Lester Quinones
  • SF: Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, Jerome Robinson
  • PF: Jonathan Kuminga, Dario Saric, Gui Santos
  • C: Kevon Looney, Trayce Jackson-Davis, Usman Garuba
This lineup reshuffle comes amid the anticipated Bay Area return of Jordan Poole, now with the Washington Wizards following a summer trade that left many fans stunned.

The deal, which saw the Warriors acquire veteran Chris Paul in exchange for the promising Poole, has been met with mixed results. As Poole prepares for his sole Bay Area appearance this season, the absence of Draymond Green due to suspension adds another layer to this narrative.

The Wizards, with a 5-22 record entering Friday's game, have yet to see Poole's full potential, while Paul's impact on the Warriors has fluctuated, despite recent team successes partly attributed to his performance.

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