Warriors Analyst wrote:Little Digger wrote:
Love to see this. He's not wrong. He made a few passes in the first game of the season that made my jaw drop. He's the most creative passer we've had at the center position since Bogut. Not many guys in the league have the moxie or skill to do one-hand dribble hand offs where you dump the ball between your legs off of a live dribble. I wouldn't be terribly surprised if Chriss averaged around 5 assists a game per 36 next year. The question is whether or not he'll start.
But I do hope his defense improves as well. He had moments that were impressive. He has really good body control and doesn't make a lot of clumsy mistakes, but he does make the occasional dumb mistake where he gets his read wrong. If he cleans that up a bit and bulks up some for the big boys, we're in business.
If Chriss became 75% of what Bam has become, that could be HUGE for the Warriors. I love this kids drive, after such a patchy start to his career that seriously could have been terminal mentally for him. The footage of him playing for a puke Cleveland team and getting thrown around like a rag doll by Ibaka still stands out. He has the pyhsical tools, which would have made the game easy for him all the way to the NBA, but when he arrived, the maturaty and mental aspects of the game all of a sudden were needed, which he really did not have. With these sorts of nuggets coming from training camp, it looks like he is maturing after his humbling start to his NBA life.
He should look at Bam and Myles Turner as the 2 players to strive to be. Jokic is an outlier, but Turner and Bam are the 2 I think he should try to emulate.