Will Kuminga deliver? Will Wiseman play? Important Questions for Warrior Camp

last season, Golden State Warriors His transition from a play-in team to an NBA champion surprised many. Now, with the full core of its brilliance, Golden State must reunite with all that goes into a title defense.

That process begins with the training camp, which opens on Saturdays at the Chess Center. Here are the five biggest questions facing warriors:

1. Did the Warriors get better this off-season?

At first glance, it’s easy to think the Golden State returned this summer. It replaced an all-defensive-team-caliber stopper (Gary Peyton II) and an essential role player (Otto Porter Jr.) with a wing that Sacramento didn’t want (deonte divincenzo) and a floor-spacing forward who struggled with deep conflict last season (gemichael green,

But things are not so simple. In cutting down on their luxury-tax bill, the Warriors believe they have set themselves up for long-term success, while still giving themselves a chance to repeat themselves as champions. Whether the latter is true will depend on the development of the player.

can do Clay Thompson Return to All-Star level? the legacy Andrew Wiggins Building up your memorable playoff run? can do Jordan Poole Prove that last season was no fluke? Will DiVincenzo and JaMychal Green be reliable rotation players? can do Jonathan Kuminga And Moses Moody Take advantage of the maximum number of minutes?

Training camp won’t answer all of those questions, but it will provide insight into how this new group fits together and whether the front office trust in some players was necessary. The mindset of the Warriors is going to change this season. Thompson to be sure, Stephen Curry And Drummond Green are on their best playoff time, Steve Kerro It is likely that his role during the regular season will be more dependent on the players.

This means that DiVincenzo, JaMychal Green, Kuminga, Moody and others should be solid. Otherwise, the Warriors may face a rough road through the post season.

2. How will James Wiseman See?

2 overall in the NBA draft, Wiseman remains a mystery, A slow knee injury limited him to 39 games in his first two seasons.

Now, a little over a month until the Warriors have to decide what to do Choose His $12.1 Million Team Option For 2023-24, Wiseman is looking forward to starting playing for his pre-draft promotions. But given that he hasn’t been to NBA games since April 2021, Golden State officials are still preaching patience.

it helps the warriors that kevon looney Has shown he is a capable starting center for a championship team. The Warriors would reduce Wiseman in the rotation in the hope that he could provide 15 to 20 minutes per game, with the potential for more.

If Wiseman can run to the floor, catch rebounds, throw down put-backs and alley-op dunks, and play sound positional defense, his season should be considered successful. The big question is how will that choked knee last. After enduring several setbacks to launch his career, Wiseman may now find it difficult to stomach.

3. How ready are the youth for big roles?

By allowing Peyton, Porter, Damian Lee, Juan Toscano-Anderson, and others to run in free agency, the Warriors showed great faith in Cuminga and Moody. Still too young to buy a beer, they are prepared to play more than 20 minutes per game for the defending champions.

Moody is perhaps more prepared for that type of workload than Cuminga, whose inconsistency is, well, old. However, it’s understandable why the Warriors would want to see Cummings run critical. At 6-foot-7, with a 7-foot wingspan, huge vertical leap, and strong scoring instincts, he has All-Star potential. The more reps he gets, the sooner he can start to feel it.

But don’t be mistaken: The Warriors are well aware that a lot of growing pains await for both Cuminga and Moody. Kuminga must learn to work hard in every possession, improve his jumper and defend without fouling. Moody, though intelligent beyond his years, needs to make more for others and be in front of his man.

The good news for the Warriors is that they should have enough to counter any mistakes that Kuminga or Moody might make most nights. If they can both make steady progress in the regular season, they should be ready for meaningful playoff minutes.

4. Who will round out the roster?

as The Chronicle reported this weekThere is a “growing belief” that Andre Iguodala Another year will delay retirement and sign a minimal contract with the Warriors. If he returns, he will move up to 14th on Golden State’s 15-man roster. The Warriors are expected to remain in their 15th and final place for money saving reasons.

But if Iguodala surprises some by retiring, he will free up an opportunity for one of the invitees to the team’s training-camp. Under that scenario, young Mac McClung, Jerome Robinson, Travian Williams And Pat Spencer Will be in the mix, with a yet-to-be-announced traveler potentially joining the competition as well.

It is important not to underestimate the skills of the warriors to locate the hidden gems. Before Peyton made the roster from training camp last year and blossomed into a key rotation player for the NBA champions, some considered him more of a fringe player.

While the latest crop of training-camp invitees probably doesn’t claim to be the next Peyton, McClung, Robinson, Williams, and Spencer, each has interesting skill sets that can be useful depending on what warriors need. Even if Iguodala comes back and finishes his 15th on the Golden State 15-man roster, one of the invitees makes his case for a place in Golden State’s plans with a stronger camp. could.

Two-way contracts, which are currently in use Lester Quinones And quindry weatherspoon, are liquid. At any time, the Warriors could plug McClung, Robinson, Williams, Spencer or anyone else into one of those places.

5. What does life look like after Mike Brown?

Over the past six seasons, Brown was a force behind the scenes for warriors. In addition to overseeing replacement patterns, he helped steer the offense and defense at various points, offering Kerr a detail-oriented complement, and providing a valuable sounding board for Green.

Along with the Browns now the Kings head coach, assistants Kenny Atkinson and Jama Mahallela have been promoted. Atkinson replaced Brown as chief assistant; Mahalalela walks from the second row to the front of the bench. Atkinson and Mahalalela deserved their promotion, but Kerr would need some time to get used to not being Brown. During training camp, Kerr must decide which assistant will oversee defense and replacement patterns.

Conor Letourneau is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: cletourneau@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @Con_Chron

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