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Donte DiVincenzo and Jordan Poole ranked at Warriors vs. Jazz

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The Golden State Warriors have a three-game winning streak! Despite the continued absences of Steph Curry and Andrew Wiggins (among others), the Dubs are finding their groove, and on Wednesday, they pulled off an upset victory over the Utah Jazz.

We will evaluate the performance, weighing our expectations of each player. A “B” grade is the average performance I expect from someone.

Note: Field Goal Percentage (TS) is a measure of efficiency that takes three-pointers and free throws into account. Going into Wednesday’s games, the league average was 57.7%.

Draymond Green

30 minutes, 6 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks, 1 turnover, 2 fouls, 2-of-7 shooting, 2-of-6 threes, 42.9% TS, +6

I think a lot of the fan base still underestimates how good Green is at this stage in his career. So instead of talking about him, I’m going to let Ty Jerome do my job for me.

Yes. Special.

Grade A

Post-Game Bonus: Tied for the team lead in assists.

kevon looney

26 minutes, 6 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 turnover, 2 fouls, 3 on 3 shooting, 100.0% TS, 0 over/under

Kevon Looney double-digit rebounds per season:

2015-16: 0
2016-17: 0
2017-18: 1
2018-19: 6
2019-20: 0 (Missed most of season due to injury)
2020-21: 8
2021-22: 19
2022-23: 9 (through just 36 games)

Right now, Looney is doing a little – sometimes a little – of everything.

Grade A

Post-Game Bonus: He led the team in rebounds, tying for the team lead in assists.

Anthony Cordeiro

26 minutes, 10 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 shooting for 8, 1 for 5 threes, 3 for 3 free throws, 53.7% TS, -1

Lamb got his third start of the season and was doing well. I wouldn’t call him active or passive in this game, he kind of was.

Serie B

Donte DiVincenzo

39 minutes, 19 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 turnover, 3 fouls, 5-of-11 shooting, 5-of-9 threes, 4-of-4 free throws, 74.5% TS, +5

Seeing DiVincenzo gain starting minutes and find his footing with the Dubs has been the biggest silver lining to the team’s recent health struggles.

What did DDV not do in this game? He scored in a loud clip and with great efficiency. He took care of the ball. His defense was strong. His energy was excellent.

Dubs fans miss Gary Payton II, and with good reason. But don’t let that stop you from forgetting how good DiVincenzo is.

Grade A

Jordan Poole

36 minutes, 26 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 6 turnovers, 4 fouls, 7-of-22 shooting, 2-of-10 three, 10-of-12 free throws, 47.7% TS, -1

Here’s an amazing stat: Poole has missed more free throws this year than he did last year. He’s still doing magic tricks on offense when the Warriors are committed on that side of the court, and despite his low efficiency, he’s had some of the greatest plays of the game. But he also continues to struggle as a playmaker when more of the offensive load is on his shoulders.

An assist for six turnovers is quite difficult. And yet, I don’t think the Warriors would have any chance in this game without JP.

Grade: C+

Post-Game Bonus: Led the team in points.

Jonathan Kuminga

21 minutes, 9 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2 turnovers, 6 fouls, 3-of-9 shooting, 0-of-1 three-of-a-kind, 3-of-5 free throws, 40.2% TS, +1

Kuminga had some clear problems in this game, most notably a foul in just 21 minutes (efficiency was also poor). However, I left the game feeling a renewed belief in his defensive potential.

Not a great game for him, but definitely one where he showed how good he can be.

Grade: C+

Patrick Baldwin Jr.

13 minutes, 11 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 1 foul, 4 shots in 7, 3 in 5 threes, 78.6% TS, +13

Will Baldwin be in the rotation once the Warriors are healthy? Highly unlikely. But his standout performance in this game showed why the Warriors are at the top of his game and why he might top Moses Moody on the depth chart at some point: He makes things happen.

He was aggressive but intelligent and productively pursued his shot. By far the best performance of his career and hopefully a glimpse of things to come.

Grade: A+

Post-Game Bonus: Led the team in plus/minus.

James Wiseman

7 minutes, 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 foul, 2 on 4 shooting, 50.0% TS, -2

Wiseman didn’t get the opportunity he had at Christmas, or Tuesday against the Charlotte Hornets. Still, their defense, screen setup, and overall court presence are better night and day than they were earlier in the season.

Serie B

Ty Jerome

30 minutes, 17 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 5 fouls, 7-of-14 shooting, 2-of-7 three, 1-of-1 free throw, 58.9% TS, +7

I was really tough on Jerome at camp and early in the season, but he’s really starting to change. It’s suddenly hard to see the Warriors not securing his contract.

Jerome was a spark plug in this game, with energy and well-timed shots. He kept the offense going, did the little things, and was absolutely essential to the win.

Grade A

Moses Moody

13 minutes, 4 points, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 fouls, 1 for 2 shooting, 1 for 2 threes, 1 for 2 free throws, 69.4% TS, -3

As I mentioned with Baldwin, the Warriors may turn to the rookie winger over the sophomore at some point due to Moody’s passivity. He’s not bad, but he’s not finding ways to make a lasting impact either.

Serie B-

Wednesday DNPs: Ryan Rollins

Wednesday Inactives: Steph Curry, JaMychal Green, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins

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