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Brooklyn Nets vs Golden State Warriors Prediction - Combined starting 5 featuring Kevin Durant and Steph Curry 

Arhaan Raje
Modified 13 Feb 2021

Small Forward - Kelly Oubre Jr.

Golden State Warriors v Brooklyn Nets
Golden State Warriors v Brooklyn Nets

Kelly Oubre Jr., who has been playing through the back this season, was originally a small forward. However, due to Klay's season-ending injury, Oubre has had to replace Thompson. With the guards' pool filled with superstars like Harden, Kyrie and Steph, it was always going to be tough to slot him into one of the backcourt positions in this combined starting lineup.

But thanks to Draymond Green's performances as a center, Oubre seems like a great fit for this position. The former Suns player has been in terrific form in the last 5 games, making sure Steph Curry gets all the support he needs from him as an alternative scorer in the team. Oubre has averaged 19.8 points since the start of February and is only getting better with each game.

Power Forward - Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant

While some might prefer Kyrie over Steph and Wiggins over Oubre, Kevin Durant is an undisputed starter in this combined lineup. The former league MVP has been exceptional in his comeback season. He is fit, hungry and is delivering consistently in each game. If not for the Covid protocols that kept him out of action twice, KD would have been well on course to be in the top 3, for both, the scorers' list and MVP ladder race.

Center - Draymond Green

Draymond Green
Draymond Green

As mentioned earlier, Draymond has been exceptional this season for the Warriors. He hasn't shot as well as he usually does, but has made sure he covers up for it with his clinical playmaking. The forward turned center (temporarily) has dished out 10 assists or more in his last 5 appearances. His strong presence on the court makes him a must-have in this combined 5.

It will be exciting to see how he performs against former teammate Kevin Durant.

Published 13 Feb 2021, 01:00 IST
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