Marquese Chriss was an unexpected bright spot in a dark season for the Golden State Warriors who have high hopes for the young forward.
The Golden State Warriors are hoping that someone can step up and earn a role with the team next season. Right now, all eyes are on Marquese Chriss.
Chriss was an NBA outcast by the time he reached the Bay area. In just four seasons in the league, Chriss has already played for four different franchises. Since reaching the All-Rookie team in 2017, Chriss has spent most of his time bouncing in and out of lineups.
Over the course of the season, Chriss slowly became a more and more important member of the roster. The 22-year old snagged a consistent spot in the starting lineup in late January and has averaged 13.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.
According to a report from Connor Letourneau of the San Fransisco Chronicle, the Warriors are comfortable allowing Chriss to be their starting center next season.
Chriss has always been a strong athlete. His leaping ability and foot speed make him a threat to run in transition and finish around the rim. The only thing Chriss didn’t have before was a competent organization to help guide him in the right direction.
In Golden State, Chriss is surrounded by a championship culture. Even though the Dubs have the worst record in the league, their system has remained intact and they are poised for success next season.
Surprisingly, Chriss will be a key factor in that success. Chriss has a chance to make a real impact as a two-way rim runner. If he continues to excel at scoring the ball and rebounding he will find himself playing significant minutes alongside Thompson and Curry.
The Warriors are hoping they found a diamond in the rough in Chriss. Only time will tell if this young forward can take another leap in his game.