The Golden State Warriors have provided an opportunity for Patrick Baldwin Jr’s developing career, recalling him from the G League for Tuesday’s matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks. The 27th overall pick from the first-round of this year’s draft, Baldwin will make a cameo appearance in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Baldwin joins Kevon Looney and Jordan Poole who will all return home to face the Bucks, with some of the trio’s family, friends and fans sure to be in attendance.
Patrick Baldwin Jr. has been recalled for the Golden State Warriors, but James Wiseman and Ryan Rollins remain on assignment in the G League.
The beginning of Baldwin’s rookie season has primarily been spent on assignment to the Santa Cruz Warriors. Steve Kerr’s decision to take the 6’9″ rookie power-forward on the current six-game road trip has provided not only an opportunity to play in his hometown, but also to remain in San Francisco should he make a contribution during the period before which the Warriors return to Chase Center.
Baldwin had his statement game of the season on Sunday against the Oklahoma City Blue, scoring 25 points and hauling in six rebounds on 9-for-12 shooting (6-for-9 from three-point range). He was part of a trio of strong performances from the Warriors youngsters in the 122-11 win — James Wiseman scored 24 points, added 16 rebounds, and blocked three shots in a dominant performance from the third-year center, while Baldwin’s fellow rookie Ryan Rollins also had a marquee game with 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
The decision to retain Wiseman on assignment was a decision by Kerr’s staff to continue the promising development of the former second overall pick. Should the 21-year-old continue to improve from his last outing, look for him to feature shortly after the Warriors’ return to Chase Center when they play the Memphis Grizzlies on Christmas Day.
As for Baldwin, his opportunities in Golden State’s rotation will likely remain limited, however, an ongoing adductor injury to Andrew Wiggins does raise the possibility of seeing the sweet-shooting 20-year-old in action.