Starting Alfonzo McKinnie
The Warriors need to not fall into the trap of starting Alfonzo McKinnie. Let’s rewind that actually. The Warriors need to not fall into the trade of starting a player they’ve had just because of his experience with the team.
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McKinnie may rightfully earn the starting role in this training camp. But, with the addition of Glenn Robinson III, there may not be a need to McKinnie to be the starting small forward. Either way, it’ll be a tough position for Golden State to find depth at, but they need to take a holistic view when assessing who is going to open the game with the starting unit.
Neither player has been overly impressive throughout their career. McKinnie would’ve likely sealed the spot if he was at least competent during the Finals. Sadly, he almost averaged under 30% from downtown and didn’t play that above-average defense fans were used to.
With Klay Thompson out, the only other option is the recently-signed Robinson III. Coming out of Michigan a few seasons ago, Robinson hasn’t lived up the hype many expected after the solid career his dad had in the league.
The 6-foot-6 guard did shoot over 39% from deep in two consecutive seasons. With the Warriors, that’s one of the most sought after metrics, given how their offense operates creates space for shooters with intricate patterns and multiple screens.
Overall, if starting McKinnie is the move so be it. But, the Warriors need to not assume he’s a capable starter from what he proved last season.