Jazz center Rudy Gobert is the first of many who will make the “There’s only one ball to go around” argument now that Kevin Durant has chosen to join the Golden State Warriors.

Gobert is right: Steve Kerr’s biggest challenge will be finding ways to integrate Durant into the offense while keeping Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green happy.

But if there’s an already-established team capable of fitting Durant into its offense, it’s Golden State. Let’s take a look at how they could do it.

The Warriors averaged 87.3 shots a game last year. The team’s top four scorers — Curry, Thompson, Green and Harrison Barnes — took 57.2 of those attempts on average. Durant will eat up Barnes’ 9.6 attempts, which is 10 fewer than his average output with Oklahoma City. Here’s how the Warriors can ration their shots in order to find those 10 extra attempts for Durant:

Curry: 19 shots per game
Thompson: 15 shots per game
Green: 8 shots per game
Rest of the team: 27 shots per game

Curry and Thompson will have to sacrifice only three shots a game between them to fit Durant into the offense.

The player you worry least about is Green, who gets a lot of his attempts outside the structure of Golden State’s offense. Kerr wasn’t drawing up very many plays for Green last season. Only 129 of his attempts came off screens, isolations and post-ups. Green does his scoring in transition, on the offensive class and as the roll man in pick-and-rolls — those opportunities aren’t going anywhere, even with Durant in the fold.

Curry will have to give up some of those off-the-bounce 3s that make for great highlights but bad team offense. The same goes for Thompson’s off-the-dribble attempts, which are by far the least efficient shots he takes. And expect Durant to sacrifice some of his isolation attempts and do more work down low, which fills a big need for the Warriors.

When the jack-as-many-3s-as-humanly-possible strategy wasn’t working, Golden State didn’t really have a Plan B on offense — a big reason the Warriors struggled late in the Finals. Its most efficient player on post-ups was actually reserve point guard Shaun Livingston, per NBA.com’s stat tracking. Andrew Bogut had just 25 post-ups all season and shot only 35% on those attempts. Draymond Green shot 33.9% on his 59 post-up attempts.

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Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Enter Durant, who was one of the best post-up players in the league, scoring a ridiculous 1.23 points per post-up on 60.9% shooting, per NBA.com. That’s quite the Plan B.

Durant’s presence won’t prevent Thompson and Curry from splashing 3s at a historic rate. And he won’t do anything to reduce Green’s hustle points. Durant will get those guys better shots while adding an entirely new dimension to a historically-efficient offense.

So, yes, there’s only one ball to go around, but the Warriors will now have even more ways to put it in the basket.

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