Why Steve Kerr would love Glenn Robinson III on Warriors long term


Why Steve Kerr would love Glenn Robinson III on Warriors long term

Warriors forward Glenn Robinson III quietly is having a very solid season.

The 25-year-old has started all 17 games, and is averaging career highs in points (11.2), rebounds (5.1), assists (1.9), steals (0.9), field goal percentage (47.8), free throw percentage (89.5), and minutes (31.4). 

He's also shooting over 39 percent from 3-point territory on a career-high 3.0 attempts per game.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr would love to have Robinson on the Warriors beyond this season, but it's way too early to tell how things will shake out.

"In the meantime, it's a good season for Glenn to remind the league what he can do, and increase his own value," Kerr told reporters Sunday after practice. "We're getting a great look at him, and he's somebody we would love to be able to hang on to long-term.

"You never know how that stuff goes."

Robinson -- who signed a one-year minimum contract worth just under $1.9 million -- will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.

The 2017 NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion is giving the Warriors just what they expected.

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"He's actually exactly what I thought he was," Kerr said. "In training camp, we got a look at his ability to cut and pass and move. Maybe that was something I didn't know about him.

"But I knew he was a big wing, I knew he was a good teammate, I knew he could make 3s -- even though his percentage last year was not great -- we knew he would shoot better with consistent minutes.

"Just very, very professional and fits the modern game well. We're lucky to have him."

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Steph Curry omits LeBron James, Kevin Durant from all-time starting five

Steph Curry omits LeBron James, Kevin Durant from all-time starting five

When Stephen Curry's career is all said and done, there's a good chance many of the current younger generations of NBA fans will include him in their all-time starting five. They have seen the game evolve in front of their very own eyes, and no player was more responsible for that transition than the greatest shooter ever.

But Curry's career isn't over yet. Not even close. And as things currently stand, even he wouldn't include himself in his all-time starting five.

On the most recent episode of Showtime's "All the Smoke" with Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes, Curry was asked which five players he would nominate for that lofty designation, and it's pretty tough to disagree with his selections.

Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Tim Duncan and Shaquille O'Neal? Safe to say that squad would be tough to beat. Of course, if there's one thing that the five-man unit is lacking, it's probably a lack of perimeter shooting. Maybe that's how Curry eventually fits in.

It's worth noting that Curry didn't include LeBron James on his list. Of course, if reported rivalries are to be believed, perhaps that explains the omission. Same goes for Kevin Durant, who recently left Curry out of his top-six hardest players to guard in the league. Are these sour grapes being thrown back and forth?

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It's certainly possible in the modern NBA, but a far more likely explanation is that James and Durant, like Curry, aren't finished yet.

Warriors send Jacob Evans down to G League in order to regain rhythm

Warriors send Jacob Evans down to G League in order to regain rhythm

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jacob Evans has held out hope for improvement for much of the season. For the time being, he'll try to reach the goal in the G League.

The Warriors guard's latest odyssey to Santa Cruz is expected to last until Sunday, providing Evans an opportunity to get more on-court time during an injury-plagued season. 

"This will give him a chance to play bigger minutes," Warriors coach Steve Kerr. "To develop a rhythm."

With the demotion, Evans will miss Friday's matchup against the Indiana Pacers in San Francisco. Instead, he will play Friday evening against the Wisconsin Herd at Kaiser Permanente Arena and Sunday's matchup against the South Bay Lakers. He'll then rejoin the Warriors on the team's upcoming five-game road trip, which starts Tuesday against the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Evans' second season in the NBA has been marred by injury.  A week into the season, he strained his left adductor, costing him 21 games. Last week, he missed three more games after suffering a concussion. All the while, he's shooting just 31 percent from the field and has been supplanted in the rotation by rookie Jordan Poole.

"These last few weeks have been tough, even before injury," Kerr said. He hasn't really been able to get himself going, we haven't been able to help him get going. We feel like this is a perfect time for him to get some playing time."

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Evans was drafted in 2018 for his defensive acumen. He's struggled to find offensive success this season, averaging just four points despite averaging 10 more minutes per game. However, Kerr remains confident in Evans' long-term development. 

"He's a big, strong, smart defender. He's picked up a lot in his year and a half in the league," Kerr said. "So he's a guy I can trust and count on defensively. But like everybody in this disjointed season, it's been tough for him to find a niche."