The Warriors will take the time with Patrick Baldwin Jr.


Despite a disappointing « freshman » season in the NCAA last year, which hit his odds as the Draft approached, Patrick Badlwin Jr. had the pleasant surprise of still being chosen in the first round last June, in 28th position by the Warriors.

Considered a new bet by the defending champions, seduced in particular by his tall winger profile capable of drawing from afar, the native of Wisconsin (like Jordan Poole and Kevon Looney) has not (yet?) changed his internal status, almost three months after the Draft.

This is indeed confirmed by the club’s GM Bob Myers, who recently spoke about his rookie, referring in particular to the G-League track as a potential springboard to the rotation of Steve Kerr.

 » We talked about it not so long ago. I actually think it will start there. [la G-League]but for all that I don’t want to take away the opportunity to gain minutes with the big boys. declared Bob Myers.  » Steve will probably open his rotation to the max in preseason, so after the sixth guy, it’s going to be pretty open, first come, first served. Will he be able to stand his chance at this time? I don’t know, but there will be an opportunity that will present itself. »

For now, Patrick Baldwin Jr. seems in any case stuck behind at least four players on the 3/4 positions: Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green who will start, then the two « sophomores » Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga on the bench. Not to mention JaMychal Green, who joined the franchise this summer.

In short, the 19-year-old winger was not recruited to play immediately. Within this Golden State team which has just won a fourth title in eight seasons, “PBJ” will be above all in an incubator, in the excellent individual development system of the Warriors. Waiting for his time to come, like others before him.

 » We have yet to see him in action against the big guns in our league. From our point of view, it will not help us immediately, but it is important for our future. concluded Bob Myers.

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