The Golden State Warriors may end up relying on Marquese Chriss more than they would have expected.
It is a pleasant sight to see Marquese Chriss reviving his career with the Golden State Warriors. The 22-year old has had failed stints with three NBA teams prior to finding a potential longterm home in the Bay Area.
Before joining the Warriors, Chriss flamed out as a former All-Rookie member of the Phoenix Suns. By his second season in Phoenix, Chriss was on his way to the Houston Rockets where he appeared in just 16 games before joining the Cleveland Cavaliers then signing with the Dubs in free agency last summer.
For such a young player, Chriss has been around the league quite a bit. Even his time with Golden State has been shakey, being waived in early January before signing a two-way contract and eventually earning a non-guaranteed two-year contract with the franchise.
Much of his issues have centered around the teams he has been on. Chriss was forced into losing cultures in Phoenix and Cleveland and simply didn’t fit the Rocket’s needs. As a result, he was set up for failure in each scenario.
Luckily, Chriss has found new life with the Warriors. After being written off by each previous team, the Warriors have offered Chriss the opportunity to prove himself in a free-flowing team-oriented offense.
He has started in each of the last nine games, averaging 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds across this stretch. Chriss is successfully filling in the open spot in the roster left by the trade that sent Willie Cauley-Stein to Dallas.
Utilizing his athleticism, Chriss has been able to run from rim to rim and find success. He is working hard off the ball to get open and is becoming a relentless presence on the glass.
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As Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic stated, Chriss could be a permanent starter for the Warriors moving forward. The team is looking to continue getting younger while also competing in the present. It seems that Chriss fits this mold perfectly as he is a promising prospect with enough talent to help the team in their current pursuit of a championship.