Warriors former veterans helped institute culture during team’s run

Former Golden State Warriors veterans Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston aren’t with the team anymore, but their importance to the franchise during its run the past five years can’t be understated.

Per a story from ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, Iguodala and Livingston were pivotal in helping create the Warriors’ winning culture. Assistant coach Bruce Fraser emphasized Iguodala’s and Livingston’s importance in Shelburne’s article.

“It may have seemed like our system ran itself,” Fraser said. “But it was nurtured daily by guys like Andre and Shaun.”

Iguodala was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in the offseason so the Warriors could have cap space to sign D’Angelo Russell. Livingston retired after playing 15 seasons.

Throughout the Warriors’ title runs, Iguodala was one of the team’s best defenders, especially on the perimeter. He won NBA Finals MVP in 2015, scoring 16.3 points a game, grabbing 5.8 rebounds and dishing 4.0 assists.

Livingston played well off the bench during the team’s Finals runs because he brought timely scoring and playmaking. Standing at 6-foot-7, he was able to take advantage of smaller players in the post and rise up for easy shots.

With the way the Warriors’ roster is now, it could certainly use more veterans such as Iguodala and Livingston. Nine players are 23 or younger, with Steph Curry, 31, being the oldest player on the team. Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson bring good experience and leadership, but the team’s current core is young.

The Warriors are a team that was once filled with savvy vets, but now they must cultivate a new identity. They have lost their first two games of the season, and they haven’t led in a game for a second.

Golden State will look to win its first game of the season Monday night, when they’ll play the New Orleans Pelicans on the road.

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