The Warriors have played four games so far this season. Jordan Bell has received just 19 minutes of playing time, and he did not sniff the floor last week against the Jazz.
So, what would Kevin Durant's advice be to Bell as he looks to fight his way back into the Warriors' rotation?
"Keep working. Keep working," Durant told reporters after shootaround Wednesday. "It's a long year. Jordan (went) through so much last year, just ups and downs and not playing in (playoff) series and then playing in the Finals -- helping us win.
"He knows what the season is like, and he's a true pro. So he's gonna come in here and get his work in, and when his number's called, he'll be ready."
As of now, Damian Jones is the Warriors' starting center and Kevon Looney is the first big off the bench. Jonas Jerebko is averaging 9.3 points and 4.3 rebounds over the last three games and went 5-for-9 from deep over that stretch.
Additionally, coach Steve Kerr has deployed Draymond Green at center far more than anybody expected.
As Kerr said prior to Monday's game against the Suns, it's not that Bell is incapable of contributing.
Steve Kerr on Jordan Bell's lack of playing time through 3 games: "More than anything, it's a numbers game. He hasn't done anything wrong."— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) October 23, 2018
If Bell is frustrated with his current role, you wouldn't know it based on how animated and supportive he has been during games while on the bench.
We all know that for the Warriors, it's "Strength in Numbers," so Bell is going to get his chance sooner rather than later ...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller