With Oubre, Wiggins, Curry, is it time to play fast?

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Can we get an updated roster/projected opening day roster? Please.

— Jeff Croft

Sure, Jeff.

PG: Stephen Curry / Brad Wanamaker / Nico Mannion
W: Andrew Wiggins / Damion Lee / Jordan Poole / Mychal Mulder
W: Kelly Oubre Jr. / Kent Bazemore / Juan Toscano-Anderson
F: Draymond Green / Eric Paschall / Alen Smailagic
C: Marquese Chriss / Kevon Looney / James Wiseman

Accounting for Klay Thompson’s roster spot (and not accounting for training-camp invite Dwayne Sutton), that’s 17 players under contract. The Warriors have to get down to 15 by the start of the regular season on Dec. 22.

Four of the starting spots are written with Sharpie, while the center spot remains up for grabs. Training camp will determine who between Chriss, Looney and Wiseman starts opening night, but my money is on Chriss, if only because his passing ability with the starting unit will be important, and the Warriors want to bring along Wiseman, 19, and Looney, coming off an injury-plagued season, slowly.

If they don’t trade Minnesota’s pick next season and keep their own first-round pick from being conveyed to Oklahoma City, do you see them prioritizing guards to help bridge Klay’s role?

— Rudy Gaspar

Next year’s draft is heavy with wings. I’m not sure that played a factor in taking Wiseman, a center, this year, but it sets up nicely for a team that could be looking for young talent there after this season. Not only is Thompson coming off a second straight season-ending injury, but Oubre’s contract is up after the season as well. Plus Bazemore and Wanamaker are signed to one-year deals.

Do they have an outside chance to make the Finals with this roster in your opinion?

— @deepak_narwal23

All they need is to stay healthy, for one of Oubre or Wiggins to take a sudden leap into an All-Star scorer, Curry to have an MVP-caliber season, Green to play like he’s three years younger and for everything to go wrong for the Lakers. If all that happens, yes, they’ll have an outside chance.

Do you expect the Warriors to use the remaining mid-level exception on a wing (Nic Batum, Glenn Robinson) or a big? Any chance of the Warriors signing another backup wing? They still seem thin there. Perhaps a return of Glenn Robinson III? Do you expect the Warriors to make another move or a signing soon, or are they done with all this stuff?

— @witaglizzy, @thecanyonrays, Niko

Guys, they’re done. This is the team.

On a scale of 1-10, how confident are you that Steve Kerr will be able to adapt the Warriors’ playing style to the personnel he has? He’s more rigid than someone like Nick Nurse, who I’d trust more to maximize this squad. Or do you think this roster is a natural fit for Kerr? Seven-Secs-or-Less Warriors?

— @MidLvlException

I like that. Kerr was a consultant for the Suns during the “seven seconds or less” era, and maybe he can rekindle some of that speed and create the “seven-seconds-or-less Warriors.”

But it’s a tall task. Last season, the Warriors took the fifth-most shots in the league in the final 7 seconds of the shot clock. Curry being healthy, adding Oubre and Wiseman, and getting a full season of Wiggins after swapping him for the slow-playing D’Angelo Russell, will help. What is still missing is the high processing speed that defined the dynasty teams. It’s not enough to just run fast, they need to think fast, too.

As far as my confidence in Kerr, last season the Warriors changed how they played several times on the fly (remember Point Draymond?) and he’s been working for months on his new vision for the team. Thompson’s injury derails some of those plans, but I expect him to efficiently implement these new schemes.

I realize the bar for the enjoyment of on-court entertainment was pretty low last year, but do you see this team being an exciting and fun team to watch win or lose?

— Daniel Burt

Yeah, I do. Just start with Curry being back. I also think fans will appreciate Oubre’s swagger, Green’s rediscovered motivation and Wiseman’s occasional flashes of upside.

Do you think Draymond will regain his 3-point shot this year? Videos look promising — getting arc on the ball again has to be a big help. Will they try to get Looney to shoot more 3s also? That would be huge.

— Bud

The 2015-16 season, when Green shot 39% from 3-point range, is increasingly looking like an aberration, and it’s probably unfair to expect him to lift his percentage much higher than 30%.

Kerr told me this week that Looney, Chriss and Wiseman will work on their 3-point shot all season, and will be empowered to take those shots in game. Remember, Looney went into last season talking about stretching his game, Chriss shot 32% on 2.7 3-point attempts per game as a rookie, and Wiseman has spent the last several months working on his jumper.

There’s a better chance one of them becomes a legitimate floor-spacer than Green, at this point.

What are the Warriors’ plans for Justinian Jessup? Are they trying to bring him in sometime soon like in 2021-22, or will they end up just keeping his draft rights while he plays overseas for the rest of his career?

— @NotAdriel

The Warriors own Jessup’s NBA rights and could add him to the roster as soon as the 2021-2022 season, though they have yet to give him a timeline for when they might invite him stateside.

What mix of players do you think will make surprisingly good duos working together in games for the Warriors?

— Daniel Burt

Oubre is a natural fit to reprise the Andre Iguodala role and finish lobs from Green. It’s easy to see him sitting in the dunker spot while Curry and Green execute a pick-and-roll, and Oubre using his leaping ability to finish over the defense.

I also think Wanamaker, with his decision-making, respectable shooting and defense, could help Curry play off the ball and get easy shots more often.

How good does James Wiseman have to be for the Dubs to be good this year? (Good is a top-four playoff spot.) Would 25 minutes a game and a 10-10 double-double and three blocks be enough? Would 15 minutes and 6-4 be a disaster?

— Roy Henninger

Don’t put it all on Wiseman. He’ll have to be good, but so will the rest of this unproven group. To be a top-four seed in the West, the Warriors will need large leaps in development from Oubre and Wiggins, too.

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