Kerr, Warriors look for players to fill vacant wing positions

Warriors forward Alfonzo McKinnie will be among those trying to help replace the loss of Kevin Durant.

All the Golden State Warriors need to do to start the season is replace Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. No biggie, right?

Well, biggie or not, coach Steve Kerr has to find replacements. Durant bolted for the Brooklyn Nets in free agency and Thompson basically needs his knee bolted together. Not really on Thompson, but he is overcoming ACL surgery and is expected to be out for the majority of the regular season.

So what are Kerr and the Warriors to do? The answer is the best they can.

“It’s hard to just buy a few minutes here and there,” Kerr said, via Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle. “You really need guys to step forward and secure a starting spot.”

The Warriors fully expect All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell to capably fill in for Thompson. Among those potentially sharing the role at small forward: Alfonzo McKinnie, as well as newcomers Alec Burks and Glen Robinson III. Durant, Thompson and Andre Iguodala they are not, but then again, the Warriors have always been a system team.

Guys just seem to find success when they show up under Kerr and next to holdovers Steph Curry and Draymond Green.

“Every guy in that locker room is going to have an opportunity to help us succeed,” Curry said. “I know you don’t want that cheesy answer, but it’s literally more relevant than any other year where we’re doing it by committee and having guys take another step in their careers.”

The Warriors open the preseason Saturday night against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers at the new Chase Center.