How Marquese Chriss showcased skillset in impressive Warriors debut

How Marquese Chriss showcased skillset in impressive Warriors debut

Marquese Chriss joined the Warriors over a week ago on a non-guaranteed contract.

But if the former lottery pick keeps playing like he did on Saturday night against the Lakers, Golden State's front office might be forced to give him a guaranteed deal.

Chriss registered eight points, six rebounds and four assists in 14 minutes off the bench, before fouling out.

"He's been really impressive," coach Steve Kerr told reporters after the Dubs' 123-101 preseason loss. "It's impossible right now to figure out what's what with our injury situation and our cap situation. I'm happy to be coaching and not being a GM because there's a lot of minutiae in the CBA and I'm not exactly sure how it all plays out.

"But I do know that Marquese has had a good week. He fouled out in short minutes tonight but he's shown a lot of athleticism and he's a great kid. He still wants to learn and is asking questions, and I think the players like playing with him.

"He's pretty good in high screen-and-roll, running dribble handoffs. He knows what he's doing so I think he's a really intriguing prospect."

But adding Chriss to the team would not be simple. The Warriors have an open roster spot, but currently can't give it to Chriss because they are "hard-capped" under CBA rules. So to add him to the roster, they would need to either cut Alfonzo McKinnie (whose contract doesn't become guaranteed until January), cut Ky Bowman and give Chriss a two-way contract, or trade somebody without taking anybody back in return.

It's a fluid situation and management is assessing its options.

As for his production against the Lakers -- here is an example for why Kerr said Chriss knows what he's doing:

It's no wonder Draymond Green gave high praise to Chriss after the game.

“I think he played great. I think he’s been great all training camp. He’s been on a couple teams, and everybody has kind of written him off. But he’s been amazing in camp, and to me it looked like he’s figuring it out and he's turning a corner."

When you're fighting for a job, it can't hurt to get this kind of endorsement from a three-time NBA champion.

Here are a few other highlights from Chriss' performance:

A lot can change between now and Opening Night against the Clippers on Oct. 24, but it's quite apparent that the Warriors have some issues in the frontcourt.

Willie Cauley-Stein (left foot strain) will be sidelined for all of training camp and is expected to miss the first couple of regular-season games, Kevon Looney (hamstring) didn't play in the exhibition opener, and rookie Alen Smailagic (ankle) is out for the "foreseeable future."

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Chriss entered the NBA as the eighth overall selection by the Suns in the 2016 NBA Draft, and was named All-Rookie Second Team. But he was traded to Houston in August 2018 and then shipped to Cleveland in February.

The Sacramento native is just 22 years old and is hoping to resurrect his career. Will he get that chance with the Warriors? We will find out in the coming weeks.

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Steph Curry donating Breonna Taylor tribute shoes to Black Lives Matter

Steph Curry donating Breonna Taylor tribute shoes to Black Lives Matter

Warriors guard Steph Curry completed his first round of the American Century Championship golf tournament in Lake Tahoe on Friday, and did so while drawing attention to a cause that he doesn't want people to forget about. Towards the toe end of each of his golf shoes were Breonna Taylor's name and likeness.

Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman and EMT, died in her own home on March 13 after being shot eight times by Louisville police while executing a search warrant. Nearly four entire months have passed since that tragic day and all three officers involved have yet to be arrested, sparking outrage across the country.

Curry's choice of footwear Friday was one of the latest examples in what has been an ongoing chorus of calls for justice. And beyond that, he intends to donate the shoes to Black Lives Matter so that they may be auctioned, with all proceeds going to the organization.

"Obviously, shining a light on Breonna Taylor," Curry explained after completing his round. "Demanding and praying and wishing for justice for her and her family. Anytime you have an opportunity to be on a stage or a platform to raise awareness and continue the conversation going on in our country, I'm all for that. I'll send these to the Black Lives Matter organization and hopefully raise a lot of money for the amazing work that they're doing. 

"We all have roles to play in terms of changing the racial climate in our country, and this is definitely more than just a moment that we're feeling. This is a very small gesture, but hopefully the money goes a long way, and hopefully they continue the conversation of what needs to change all the way around."

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While the continued search for justice for Taylor and her family clearly is of particular concern for Curry, the donation of his shoes fits in with a wonderful theme of the ACC tournament. Rather than have a purse go to the victor, all winnings will be donated to a number of charities.

Naturally, Curry was more than happy to play for those additional causes.

"Usually there's a purse to play for," Curry said, "but obviously with everything going on, the ability to come up here and play golf and know that -- I don't know what the amount is -- it's all going to worthy causes that will impact lives, and we get to do it by being out here playing golf and being on a stage, it's pretty awesome to be a part of that."

Curry is one of the most popular athletes on the planet, with a platform to match. He understands his role, and continues to do great and important things within it.

How Andrew Wiggins won over Damion Lee, Warriors with quest to improve

How Andrew Wiggins won over Damion Lee, Warriors with quest to improve

The Warriors didn't see a whole lot of Andrew Wiggins, but they saw enough to get excited.

Wiggins, who joined Golden State ahead of February's NBA trade deadline, played just 12 games with the Warriors before the NBA season was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. He averaged 19.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in that stretch, winning over his new teammates in the process.

"I love Wiggs," Warriors guard Damion Lee said of Wiggins on this week's episode of the "Runnin' Plays" podcast. "He's quiet and reserved, but even from the point of just playing with him from the first game even until the last game that we had, you can tell that he knows how to play the game and wants to continue to learn more."

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The Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Wiggins No. 1 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, headlining a trade to the Minnesota Timberwolves that brought Kevin Love to Northeast Ohio. Wiggins showed flashes and even signed a max contract that went into effect ahead of the 2018-19 season, but he never consistently put it together in the Twin Cities. The 25-year-old never shot better than 46 percent from the field (or 36 percent from beyond the arc) with the T-Wolves while also struggling on the defensive end.

Wiggins' arrival in the Bay Area was a breath of fresh air, the Warriors said, because of their hole on the wing after signing-and-trading Kevin Durant and outright trading Andre Iguodala last summer. Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams was pleased with Wiggins' defense, and the 1.3 steals per game Wiggins averaged with Golden State before the shutdown would've, if sustained over the course of a full season, been his career high.

The forward's role will look much different next season, as it's difficult to imagine Wiggins averaging 15-plus field-goal attempts per game while playing alongside a healthy Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Coach Steve Kerr isn't expecting Wiggins to be a star once Curry and Thompson return, and Lee said Wiggins' versatility will allow him to thrive in a reduced role.

"He can shoot it, can make plays, can create," Lee continued. "He had a game where he had 10 assists (against the Denver Nuggets on March 3), I think he had another game where he had 10 rebounds (against the New Orleans Pelicans on Feb. 23). He has it, and obviously once the whole band is back together ... and everyone's healthy, I feel like Wiggs' role will be carved out and he'll be able to excel to the best of his ability."

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Wiggins has had big nights before, but he hasn't sustained them into stardom. His per-game averages with the Warriors this season didn't look all that different from his Timberwolves career (19.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game), but the former No. 1 pick isn't going to carry the same offensive load next season.

The Warriors are counting on that fact bringing out the best in him.