The Warriors might be back on the right path and in the thick of things in the Western Conference, but they are still experimenting with lineups.

Draymond Green moving to the second unit might have solidified the Warriors’ non-Steph Curry minutes, but it also weakened those non-Green minutes.

The Warriors had proven to be one man short in their top-eight — a team’s true depth come the playoffs.

James Wiseman wasn’t the guy for the job. JaMychal Green doesn’t appear to be it, either. Moses Moody had a shot — the Warriors coaches didn’t like what they saw. Anthony Lamb has been a nice contributor, but he’s a two-way player.

All this experimentation has left the Warriors lamenting the exit of last season’s ultimate glue guy, Gary Payton II, who signed with the Portland Trail Blazers this past offseason

But over the past week — and, in particular, over the last two games — the Warriors might have found Payton II’s replacement: Jonathan Kuminga.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -  OCTOBER 14: Golden State Warriors' Jonathan Kuminga (00) dunks the ball against the Denver Nuggets during the second quarter of their preseason NBA game at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
(Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 


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