BIG SHOES TO FILL

Warriors rookie must rise to the occasion

The Damon Bruce Show
March 10, 2017 - 3:39 pm

By Albee Filous

The journey of an NBA rookie is one of the more fascinating to monitor over a grueling 82-game season. The Golden State Warriors entered the 2016 NBA draft without a second round pick, but that didn’t stop Owner Joe Lacob and GM Bob Myers from trading with the Milwaukee Bucks to claim pick number 38 overall. The Warriors paid Milwaukee $2.4 million for the draft slot, but it’s already looking like another good investment by Golden State’s front office.

The Warriors selected Patrick McCaw, a scrawny 6’7 forward out of UNLV. The rookie has made a strong first impression. He looks unfazed on the court, plays stingy defense and has earned the respect of the Warriors veterans and even head coach Steve Kerr.

“He just looks like he belongs now,” Kerr told 95.7 The Game. “I think he’s going to get a lot better over the next couple of years, but right now I think he’s filling in nicely for KD and really helping us at both ends of the floor.”

The injury to Kevin Durant leaves a lot of unanswered questions, as the Warriors hit the stretch run with the San Antonio Spurs right over their shoulder for the West’s number 1 seed. Who will fill KD’s shoes is yet to be seen, but Patrick McCaw’s role has drastically changed and the Warriors will rely on the rookie to rise to the occasion.

 

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