Remove McKinnie, Warriors Open Room for Marquese Chriss
Golden State Warriors really take advantage of preseason matches to find the best formula for their squad. Despite only winning two of the five pre-season games, the Warriors already know which players they need to navigate the new season. This was proven by the team’s latest decision announced by the league’s official website.
The Warriors officially released one of their young players, Alfonzo McKinnie. Instead, the reduced one player slot will be filled by Marquese Chriss. This decision is arguably interesting and clear based on the results during preseason. Because, at the beginning of the arrival of Chriss on 1 October, the Warriors were not sure that the former Houston Rockets player would succeed in breaking into the regular season squad.
In this preseason, Chriss packs 9.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game by going down for 22.6 minutes per game. While McKinnie, who fell with less time (21.5 minutes per game) posted 5.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 0.8 blocks per game.
In play style and position, both are very different. McKinnie was a winger who was quite agile in guarding the perimeter and served quite well when he was a shooter from the tripoin area. McKinnie’s tripoin accuracy last season was 36 percent. Last season, he was also blessed with an injury from Kevin Durant. He gets more minutes to play mainly in the playoff area.
Conversely, Chriss is a player who functions more as a power forward or flashlight. He is also known as an athletic player. As the eighth choice of the NBA Draft three years ago, Chriss was arguably a little stunted in its development. However, it seems the Warriors found a game scheme suitable to accommodate Chriss’s playing style. (DRMK)