Source: Warriors’ mission for Steph’s backup discovers Wanamaker
In their search for a veteran point player capable of playing behind Steph Curry, the Warriors looked for neither enjoyment nor a pauper’s variation of their franchise player.
They wanted a constant, dependable existence that could contribute on both ends, which is what they ought to receive from Brad Wanamaker.
After the bulk of the last two seasons with the Celtics, Wanamaker agreed on an one-year contract worth $2.25 million to sign up with the Warriors, according to league sources. The news initially was reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
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Wanamaker, 31, is a reputable ball-handler and decision-maker who normally posts a solid assist-to-turnover ratio. He’s not a high-volume gunner, but he is fairly effective, shooting 37.6 percent from distance and 91.5 percent at the line in 107 regular-season games with Boston.
The Warriors took particular note of Wanamaker’s work in last postseason. Over 17 video games, he drained 44.4 percent of his 3-point attempts.
After seven years toiling in the rowdy arenas of Europe, he is relatively rattle-proof.
” He’s (Warriors coach Steve Kerr) Steve’s sort of guy,” one NBA executive stated. “He’s really basic. Runs the offense, takes care of the ball and can strike shots.”
At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, with a 6-foot-8 wingspan, Wanamaker is constructed for defense, with the strength and length to guard a minimum of 3 positions. Boston’s defense was a little better with him on the court than off.
He did not, nevertheless, receive a certifying deal from the Celtics. Why not?
One reason could be that Wanamaker is no more than a typical professional athlete. He moves well but isn’t especially explosive. He tends to balance out that with anticipation and take advantage of.
Another reason is that he was the team’s third point guard, behind starter Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart, the group’s top playmaker when Walker is off the floor. Boston likewise prepared Oregon point guard Payton Pritchard in the preliminary (No. 26 general) on Wednesday.