Giving one of his best performances in the preseason, Warriors Rookie Patrick Baldwin Jr. has a chance to enter the rotation. Kevon Looney, a veteran Warriors player, praised rookie Patrick Baldwin Jr. on Tuesday.
After playing two exhibition games against the Washington Wizards in Japan, the Warriors have just returned home. It was expected that Warriors head coach Steve Kerr would use many players during the preseason, and Baldwin has had some time on the court thus far.
Reasons for Warriors Rookie Baldwin To Enter Rotation
Baldwin Jr. scored seven points in eight minutes of the game during his debut match on Friday. Following that he showed excellent performance in his next game on Sunday against Washington Wizards.
Patrick Baldwin Jr. tonight:
4-6 from the field
4-5 from THREE
In only 17 minutes!
The Warriors drafted him 28th. pic.twitter.com/xc0peWd74s
— WarriorsMuse (@WarriorsMuse) October 2, 2022
The Washington Wizards lost 104-95 to the Warriors on Sunday in the second preseason game in Japan. Baldwin Jr. finished with 12 points and six rebounds in 17 minutes, as the Warriors beat the Washington Wizards.
In addition to his solid play on both ends of the court, Baldwin added two steals and a block, showing the skill that made him a 5-star recruit out of high school.
Baldwin Jr. Gets Praise Over Social Media
As a rookie, he showed incredible play and impressed veteran Warriors player Kevon Looney. In addition to the praise from social media, Warriors coach Steve Kerr praised the performance as well.
"He was terrific… just a really good basketball player."
— NBA (@NBA) October 2, 2022
Patrick Baldwin Jr. 👀
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) October 2, 2022
Instead of making the jump to an elite program, he played for his father at Milwaukee. Due to a high school ankle injury, Baldwin played 11 games last season for Milwaukee. Despite missing summer league due to the injury, he is fully healthy after a busy offseason.
Baldwin’s high level of understanding of the game impressed the coaching staff and players around him during off-season workouts. In the Warriors’ final three tune-up games, Baldwin is likely to see more playing time as some of their veterans’ rest.
As Baldwin has the opportunity to learn under the Warriors veterans and play some G League basketball, he should get the type of developmental help he did not receive last season at Milwaukee.