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Eight is enough for the Warriors’ reserves

The 1970’s TV show is a perfect analogy for the bench family

Dan Dibley
November 15, 2017 - 12:29 pm

There are many unique things about the defending champion Golden State Warriors. From their supposed Superteam structure to their epic ability to share the basketball, this Dubs team is a one in a million collection or greatness that could (should) culminate in a third title in four years.

Like any great team, they are more than just an elite starting five. In fact it can be argued that their bench unit is the key to their long-term success and, unlike most teams, the Warriors go eight deep in order to preserve their starters’ legs for the all-important playoff run.

Eight is enough to keep the starters fresh or, to borrow from the theme song for the TV Show of the same name: Eight Is Enough to fill our hearts with love.

In the TV show the family was led by a steady patriarch Tom Bradford who held down a job as a Sacramento newsman juggling a career and a large family. In this (strained) analogy, Steve Kerr functions as the Father Figure for the Warriors and his “spouse” would be Bob Myers (TV show stepmom Abby Bradford) (Bob Myers).

If you’ve made it this far, you’ll excuse me as I reach even deeper in comparing the eight Bradford children to the eight Warriors bench players.

David (David West) – The eldest of the Bradford children was more of a peer for Dad than a child. David West is the eldest Warrior and like the TV character, deserves more plays scripted for him.

Mary (Shaun Livingston) – Mary was the smartest of the Bradford children who could do much more for the family but usually stayed in her lane. Shaun has a high BBall IQ and has a doctorate in high percentage shooting.

Joanie (Andre Iguodala) – Joanie was a versatile character, often embroiled in both romantic storylines and emotional coming-of-age plot twists. There’s no more versatile reserve for the Dubs than A.I., who can play a number of different positions and can start when needed.

Susan (Javale McGee) – An often-overlooked character, Susan had impactful episodes when you least expected it. Similarly, based on matchups, Javale isn’t always needed but he’s a great piece to utilize when the need arises.

Nancy (Omri Casspi) – With her beautiful blond curls and delightful innocence, everybody had a crush on Nancy. While the infatuation for Casspi is still building, his diverse skill set and selfless attitude off the bench make him a target for fan swooning.

Elizabeth (Kevon Looney) – Early seasons of the show did not feature this bright young star as much as successive seasons. Much like Elizabeth grew, so does Kevon. Look for more out of this youngster in future episodes.  

Tommy (Nick Young) – This former “bad boy” of the Bradford family got a ton of run early and was the object of much scrutiny in the early days. Nick had a tumultuous tenure in L.A. but, much like the TV character, has matured into a quality member of the family.   

Nicholas (Jordan Bell) – Both are the youngest members of their respective families and both are precocious, adorable, and scene-stealing. When Nicholas is on the screen (or Jordan is on the court), fans are at rapt attention waiting for something awesome to happen.

Eight WAS enough for the Bradford family of 1970’s and ‘80’s TV fame and apparently it’s enough for the Warriors as well.​

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