Livingston explains what Warriors need to revive dynasty originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Shaun Livingston knows what it takes for a team to reach the pinnacle of achievement in the NBA, having won three championships with the Warriors during their recent dynasty. While an abundance of talent always has been a necessity, he can speak to the importance of depth, having played a crucial supporting role on each of those title teams.
Livingston retired prior to the start of last season, but has since rejoined the organization in a front-office capacity, in which he'll attempt to help the Warriors return to elite status as their new director, player affairs and engagement. As for where and how he believes Golden State must improve, it comes down to finding more players like him.
"I think it's just being able to find contributions all throughout the team," Livingston said Tuesday on 95.7 The Game's "The Morning Roast." "Even when you are top-heavy a little bit, there comes a point in the games where it could be a long game, and then you get into the playoffs as well, it becomes even more paramount. Playing seven-game series, you're looking for contributions throughout the lineup. So, I think it's just shoring up.
"There's also, too, last year with the team going through changes, becoming younger, maybe looking at trying to get veteran pieces or maybe certain guys to come in. But it's just looking to try to get contributions all throughout. I think that's the biggest thing. You look at the teams that are going deep in the playoffs, the depth is there -- of course the star power is there -- but you also have contributions from complementary roles."
The Warriors have a few assets at their disposal with which they could significantly upgrade the roster, including the No. 2 overall pick in next month's 2020 NBA Draft and an enormous $17.2 trade exception. It's critical they add significant contributors through those avenues, but as Livingston suggested, even if they do, that doesn't necessarily mean there isn't more roster building to be done.