Patrick Baldwin Jr, the Warriors’ new bet

With their 28th pick, just after seeing Miami choose Nikola Jovic, the Warriors took Patrick Baldwin Jr. The 19-year-old winger is coming off a disappointing season at Wisconsin-Milwaukee, cut short by an ankle injury.

Which does not scare the Warriors, aware of their difficulties during the last exercise.

« Some players don’t have the type of season they want, » says Bob Myers, the GM, for the San Francisco Chronicle. “He joined late, tried to adapt to the fact that his father was the coach. Then he got injured and never came back. »

But with his 2m06 and his outdoor shoot, Patrick Baldwin Jr. has potential (world champion with the American U19s in 2021, courted by the biggest universities when he leaves high school) as well as the perfect profile to enter the mold of Golden State. Like Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody last year, it’s a bet on the future.

“He needs to put all this in order”, continues the Californian leader. “He has great qualities. He has a very good shot, but not a big percentage. He can also be better on the rebound. He has a good dribble. It’s just a matter of putting it all together, which he hasn’t done yet. »

In addition, a native of Wisconsin, the rookie will find two compatriots in Golden State since Jordan Poole and Kevon Looney are also from there. “Another guy from Milwaukee. We love them »smiled Bob Myers.

The future Warriors player was not present in Brooklyn for the Draft, but he obviously reacted to his visit to the defending champions, on Twitter, announcing to be « can’t wait to get to work ».

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