On the eve of training camp, it looks like the Warriors coaching staff is already liking what they’ve seen from Patrick Baldwin Jr.
Speak with Tim Kawakami of The Athletic on the last episode of “The TK Show”, Warriors coach Steve Kerr discussed the impressions of Baldwin he got from other coaches.
“All the coaches texted me while I was gone, bragging about how knowledgeable he was, how he felt,” Kerr told Kawakami. “He’s just one of those guys who seems to understand the game and move the ball, knock down shots.
“I think the most important thing for Patrick is to make sure he’s healthy. He wasn’t healthy last year in the only college season, he wasn’t healthy. health in the summer league.”
Kerr said young people like Baldwin must “learn their body” and understand what it takes to be a successful NBA player.
The Warriors coach also said he saw Baldwin as “someone with great potential” and was “really excited to see him” play.
Still, Kerr doesn’t expect Baldwin — the No. 28 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft — to play much in his rookie year.
“But at the beginning of his career, it will probably be difficult for him to break the rotation,” added Kerr. “You never know, I give everyone a chance.
“Their rookie seasons are about understanding their environment, understanding how to get along.”
Additionally, Warriors general manager Bob Myers shared Kerr’s sentiments regarding Baldwin having no NBA minutes and potentially playing in the G-League.
“We talked about it the other day. I think he starts there but I don’t want to take away his chance for minutes,” Myers told reporters on Friday. “Steve is probably going to face a lot of guys in pre-season.”
Additionally, Myers said that after the sixth man, all other spots were up for grabs, giving Baldwin a path to meaningful minutes.
“After the sixth person, it’s kind of taking it. Is he going to take it? I don’t know. But there’s an opportunity for him if he can take it,” Myers concluded. .
It looks like Baldwin is doing all the right things ahead of the season to impress the Warriors coaching staff.
If Baldwin is able to stay healthy and continue to hone his game in the G-League or elsewhere, expect Golden State to unearth another diamond in the rough.