The Warriors plan to rejuvenate the career of Marquese Chriss has been beneficial for both parties. Chriss proved last season that he belongs in the NBA, and the Dubs may have found themselves a starting center for the future.
The Phoenix Suns drafted Chriss 8th overall in the 2016 NBA draft. Expectations for Chriss were high, but the 23 year-old with a ton of upside quickly found himself bouncing around the league. The Warriors took a chance, and Chriss didn’t disappoint. He quickly turned his non-guaranteed into a two-way deal, and may have earned himself a starting role next season.
Golden State appears to be the perfect fit for Chriss. Kerr’s system allowed him to run the floor freely, be active on the boards, catch lobs, and protect the paint. His athleticism allows him to be effective on both ends of the floor. With the Warriors, Chriss was able to spark the teams offense with his ability to block shots, run the floor, and crash the offensive glass.
There are high expectations for the Warriors next season. Klay Thompson will be fully healthy, the young guns will have a year in the league under their belt, and the team will have a top-5 pick in the draft. James Wiseman’s name has been circling around the rumor mill as a potential candidate to take over the starting spot in Golden State. However, some believe Chriss may have earned the trust of Bob Myers and Steve Kerr.
Here’s a couple of reasons why Golden State should commit to Chriss entering next season.
1. They Know Exactly What Chriss Brings to the Table
The Warriors are in win now mode. They need a center that can make an impact early. Chriss has played within the Warriors system, understands the teams concepts, and knows his role. The Warriors play best when they have an athletic and explosive center. He averaged 9.3 PPG, 6.2 REBS, 1.9 AST, and 1.1 BLKS last season. Chriss exploded in the last 15 games, he averaged 13.7 PPG, 8.6 REBS, 2.5 AST, and 1.6 BLKS before the league was shut down.
2. The Warriors Could Use Another Guard
The Warriors will want to add another guard to the line-up before the season begins. Kerr likes to stagger his minutes between Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to draft a guard like Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball, or Killian Hayes. Firstly, the move would offer the Warriors additional scoring off the bench. Secondly, it would pair Klay with a ball handler when he plays with the second unit. And most importantly, it would set the Warriors up for the future beyond the Splash Brother’s era.
Marquese Chriss has tremendous upside, he’s on a team-friendly deal, and is only 23 years old. The Warriors can set themselves up for the future if they play their cards right.