Kevon Looney is officially 100% after completing core muscle surgury in late May, according to his agent Todd Ramasar. He also noted that Looney isn’t going “all out” due to the teams extended offseason.
” It’s one of those things where, because of this long runway that we have of an offseason for at least the Warriors and Kevon, there’s no need to push it.”– Todd Ramasar
Looney appeared in just 20 games for the Warriors last season. The 24 year old signed a 3-year extension. In back to back seasons, the Milwaukee naive showcased his ability to protect the paint, create extra possessions on the offense glass, and defend perimeter guards.
His presence in the Warriors lineup will play crucial role to the Warriors future success. His length, basketball IQ, experience, high motor, and leadership is what the Warriors front-court was missing.
The Warriors will probably have Looney play within the second unit. That has always been his role in the past; I can’t imagine Steve Kerr abandoning what has made Looney successful to this point. Why should he? His strategy is to create the most talented second unit possible, and Looney provides that.
The Warriors lacked size last season. Looney’s return not only makes the Warriors a deeper team; but it also gives Kerr the ability to minimize how much Draymond Green plays the center position.
Looney is a situational player who can do a lot of different things on both sides of the ball. He understands his role and knows what he needs to do for the team to be successful. Looney is a player that Steve Kerr can depend on in critical moments. The Warriors quest of getting back to the top will be partially dependent on his health next season.