Warriors choose Forward Patrick Baldwin Jr. on the 28th pick


San Francisco (AP) —The Golden State Warriors chose Forward Patrick Baldwin Jr. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and was ranked 28th in the NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Baldwin, 6 feet 9, 220 pounds, missed much of his lonely college season with a persistent injury to his left ankle. He averaged 12.1 points and 5.8 rebounds in 11 games. NBA champion.

Bob Myers, general manager of the Golden State, said the priority was to bring back as many free agents as possible and run them repeatedly.

This means that young people like Baldwin will be given time to learn the system and contribute to Steve Kerr, who prefers to give everyone on the roster a chance.

“We have older men, so it’s a difficult lineup to crack,” Myers said, young people can contribute quickly. “It depends on who we sign in to the free agent. It depends on whether they are better than the newcomers we have now.”

Myers and his front office staff took several days to prepare the draft. This is the same as when the Golden State gained dynasty status in six NBA Finals trips and four championships in eight years.

“It’s a high-class problem. I’ve done this five times, so this is six times,” Myers said.

The Warriors also made their 28th selection in 2019, selecting Jordan Poole from Michigan.

Pool spent time in the G League before emerging as a star this season.

“The challenge this year is to keep free agents,” Myers said. “These players away from this team, now free agents, will probably command more attention than some of those people.”

Center James Wiseman — the second pick by the Warriors in 2020 — missed the entire season of recovery from right knee surgery. He continues to make positive progress and plans to join the Summer League with some ability. Wiseman learned from seeing Kevon Looney.

“It’s a big summer for James. The good news is that he’s doing really well,” Steve Kerr said this week.

Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody will both enter the rookie season and play in the San Francisco or Las Vegas Summer League.

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