It is not surprising that the Warriors They lost several key parts of their rotation this summer. In contrast, Gary Payton II (Blazers), Otto Porter Jr. (Raptors), Damion Lee (Suns) and Nemanja Pelica (Fenerbahce) are the ones who have left San Francisco since the opening free agency.
In the red in financial terms, the Golden State leaders clearly couldn’t keep all of their players, however they preferred Kevin Looney, while it will soon be necessary to consider the extensions of Jordan Paul and Andrew Wiggins.
To make up for these various losses, the “Dubs” will first rely on the inner progression of many of their youngsters (James Wiseman, Jonathan Kominga and Moses Moody). They will count as a reward for the arrival of revenge Donte Divincenzomain recruit of the summer with rookie Patrick Baldwin Jr. (28th pick for the 2022 draft).
Replace Gary Payton II
A somewhat unexpected, but clever, signing to replace Gary Payton second in Steve Kerr’s rotation. And the Draymond Green Fully supported the choice of its leaders.
“ Dontey warriors signed [DiVincenzo]which I think is a great feature “Internal All-Star Estimates”. ” Steven [Curry] I understand how important this acquisition is. with departure [Gary Payton II]You get another look that can defend. »
Especially since Donte DiVincenzo, in addition to being able to effectively defend against leaders and appearing, can also effectively count from afar. Evidenced by his 38% success in 3 points (in 5 average attempts), he was shown during his last full season playing for the Bucks (2020/21).
” no [DiVincenzo] He can shoot and I think he’ll have more open shots back home than ever before, that’d be great. ‘, adds the Defender of 2017. He will have the opportunity to show his sporting qualities, and I think that will be very good for Donte but also for us, so I am very happy with this signing. »
champion among heroes
Another important feature in the eyes of Draymond Green: Donte DiVincenzo knows how to win. It must be said that in addition to winning the NBA title with the Bucks in 2021, he was also a two-time NCAA Champion (2016, 2018) and MOP at the Final Four in 2018 with Villanova.
“ He’s a guy who knows how to play winning basketball “The NBA quadruple champion continues.” He comes from the Bucks, and has spent several years there, although recently he’s played for the Kings. He’s a champ, so I’m very happy he’s arrived. I thought it was an incredible adjustment on our part and I think it will help us tremendously. »
Signed for two years and $9.3 million (with a player option for the 2023/24 season), Donte DiVincenzo averaged 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.1 steals per game in 2021/22. Among the “Dubs” he will have to blast Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and even Stephen Curry in 2022/23.
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