One of the Golden State Warriors’ most recent additions, Omari Spellman, is getting back into shape, losing 40 pounds this offseason.
Weight has always been an issue for Omari Spellman, who played his rookie season in Atlanta. However, apparently, he’s been getting into elite basketball shape since being traded to the Golden State Warriors.
The 22-year-old is listed at 245 pounds, but according to NBC Sports’ Dalton Johnson, that is not true. Spellman topped 315 pounds prior to shredding 40 pounds, now at 275 pounds. He’s done all that since summer league, an incredible feat for the young second-year forward.
"“In summer league, I’m pretty sure you guys saw I was pretty heavy. In summer league, I was about 315. This morning before breakfast I was 275. Still, I want to get down to about 265. That’s my comfortable playing weight for myself. That’s where I’m at with it right now.”"
Spellman will join Jacob Evans III as the second-year guy with something to prove. He’s not yet finished proving that he’s committed to the team, still planning to lose ten pounds to get down to what he calls a “comfortable” playing weight.
Playing 46 games with Atlanta last season, Spellman was deal this offseason for 7-foot center Damian Jones. This was a solid pick up for Golden State, bringing in the final pick of the 2018 first round.
Spellman averaged 5.9 points and 4.2 rebounds for the Hawks yet saw those numbers tick up to over 12 points and 8 rebounds per 36 minutes. Overall, it was a solid rookie season and one which he did show flashes of starter potential.
Likely the team’s backup power forward, Spellman will be fighting off two rookies for minutes behind three-time All-Star Draymond Green. With those high-potential rookies, Spellman may be on a short leash to start the season.
Nonetheless, it’s great to see him getting his body in shape. The big attributed most of his successful dieting to the Warriors’ top-tier staff. That said, it should help him be more versatile on both ends of the court, although he’ll struggle to push players around the way he did.
Let’s hope the new Spellman is the best version of the forward.