Golden State Warriors' rookie continues to make good on bold draft night promise

Boston Celtics v Golden State Warriors
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The reputation of Golden State Warriors' rookie Trayce Jackson-Davis continues to go from strength-to-strength, with the 57th overall pick recording his second-straight double-double against the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

After a 10-point, 13-rebound, three-block performance in Tuesday's overtime win against the Boston Celtics, Jackson-Davis followed that up with 10 points, 15 boards, three assists and a block in Friday's 11-point win.

Trayce Jackson-Davis continues to make good on his promise after being taken late by the Golden State Warriors in the 2023 NBA Draft

The 23-year-old had eight points, nine rebounds and two assists in the first-half alone, before becoming the first Golden State rookie since Stephen Curry to record two consecutive double-doubles.

Jackson-Davis continues to go viral not just because of his recent play, but because of his draft night tweet reading, "Y’all will regret it… I promise you." That came in reference to his late selection in the draft, having originally been seen as a late first or early second-round pick according to many analysts.

The rookie big man continues to make good on that bold call, especially over the last three games where he's begun to help shift the fortunes of the Golden State season.

Speaking after the 129-118 win over the Wizards, Jackson-Davis reiterated his surprise at being overlooked until literally the second-last pick of the draft.

""I was very surprised honestly. My senior year in college I added a lot to my game, whether it be the passing, the blocking shots, rebounding at a high level, finishing. Basically everything. At the end of the day I play with a chip on my shoulder anyway," Jackson-Davis said."

Ironically, Friday's performance came against the team who traded Jackson-Davis, with the Wizards having sent the 57th pick to the Warriors in exchange for 2022 first-round pick Patrick Baldwin Jr. The 21-year-old forward didn't see the floor until garbage time, recording one rebound in seven minutes of action.

Asked if Jackson-Davis reminded him of any Warrior center of the past, head coach Steve Kerr compared his young big to former starter and NBA champion Andrew Bogut. That's a major compliment given the 2005 number one overall pick played such a large part in Golden State's resurgence during the early-to-mid 2010's.

Jackson-Davis will strive for this third-straight double-double when the Warriors host the Portland Trail Blazers in the second night of a back-to-back on Saturday.