Willie Cauley-Stein excited to be in the playoffs with Mavs
Although beginning the season as a member of the once-heralded Golden State Warriors, longtime Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein is now officially a member of the Dallas Mavericks. Rising quite a few spots in the Western Conference standings upon recently being traded by the Warriors to the Mavs, Cauley-Stein is excited to now be in the mix with the latter portion of the 2019-20 regular season nearly in full effect.
Because of Cauley-Stein’s lengthy stint in Sacramento, which houses a team that has not been to the postseason in quite some time, the former Kentucky Wildcats standout is now very excited to receive the chance to make his way to the playoffs with the talented Mavs.
“Now I’ve got a chance to play in my first playoff series. It’s crazy,” Cauley-Stein told reporters before ever even suiting up for the Mavericks.
— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) January 29, 2020
The 26-year-old Cauley-Stein appeared in just 41 regular-season games for the Warriors before ultimately being shipped across the country to Dallas. Starting 37 of those 41 contests to begin the 2019-20 campaign, he averaged 23 minutes per game in addition to averaging 7.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steal per outing as well.
Most recently being traded to the Mavs in exchange for a second round NBA Draft pick, Cauley-Stein was originally selected by the aforementioned Kings with the No. 6 overall pick in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft out of the heralded University of Kentucky. Cauley-Stein would go on to spend his first four NBA seasons with the Kings before splitting 2019-20 between Golden State and Dallas.