Looney will start at center Saturday against the Mavericks, Mike Peasley of 103.3FM ESPN reports.
Coach Steve Kerr will opt to change his frontcourt, pushing Damian Jones to the bench and inserting Looney at center. Since the start of November, Looney has averaged 6.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals in 18.9 minutes.
Looney supplied 12 points (5-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five rebounds, one assist, and one block in 18 minutes during Thursday's 107-86 loss to the Rockets.
Looney finished with a season high scoring total and continues to make his mark, albeit off the bench in less than 20 minutes per game. He hadn't reached double figures in scoring since the first week of the season, in which he totaled 10 points twice over the first three games. As a result, Looney is only a useful option in deep leagues.
Looney totaled 10 points (4-4 FG, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, two blocks, and one assist in 19 minutes during Sunday's 100-98 loss to Denver.
Looney appears to have locked down a 20-minute role off the Warriors bench, providing some nice, albeit low volume production Sunday. Despite coming off the bench behind Damian Jones, Looney is the guy to own what it comes to the Warriors center rotation. He is probably only a viable option in deeper formats but the defensive numbers are valuable as a streaming option in standard leagues if you are in need in those areas.
Looney outpaced fellow reserve big Jordan Bell by 11 minutes, and he ended up leading the second unit in both scoring and rebounding. The combined play of Damian Jones (12 points, three rebounds, two assists, three blocks) and Looney had to make coach Steve Kerr particularly pleased, considering both big men were able to carry over their solid preseason play into the opener. Looney figures to continue seeing a solid allotment of minutes in the frontcourt rotation as long as he can keep churning out performances the caliber of Tuesday's.
Meanwhile, Damian Jones, one of the other candidates for the starting center role to open the season, thrived in a starting opportunity. Jones racked up 16 points to Looney's four in just three additional minutes of playing time, so it increasingly appears that the former will open the season in the top job. That would likely leave Looney as a key backup in the second-unit power forward rotation, with a chance to possibly exceed the 13.8 minutes he averaged in the 2017-18 campaign.
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