David West injury forces reserves into new roles

When taking the rest of his career into account, David West hasn’t played that much this season.

Before fracturing his left thumb last week, West was averaging career lows in minutes per game, scoring at his worst pace since he was a rookie in 2003-04.

But, he’s been effective in his role as a reserve big man who plays smart defense, scores when needed and facilitates for the second unit. Replacing his 11 minutes per game is no easy task for head coach Steve Kerr.

On Friday against the Houston Rockets, Kerr restructured his rotation of big men, playing James Michael McAdoo a season-high 12 minutes and turning to Kevon Looney for meaningful minutes. (Meanwhile, JaVale McGee received a Did Not Play—Coach’s Decision.)

McAdoo responded to the added responsibility by scoring eight points  and grabbing two rebounds and dishing out an assist.

“He’s a guy who stays ready, works hard, adds to the fiber and backbone of our team,” Kerr said.

Let the lineup experimentation — a theme of the Warriors’ first season with Kevin Durant — continue.

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By Al Saracevic