Marquese Chriss moving closer to securing roster spot with Golden State
After a tumultuous 2018-19 campaign, things appear to be looking up for incoming fourth-year power forward Marquese Chriss now that he has a new home with the Golden State Warriors.
As reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic, the 22-year-old seems to be on the brink of securing his spot in the rotation of head coach Steve Kerr following what has been a rather impressive preseason for the former eighth overall pick.
Meanwhile, Marquese Chriss is moving closer to securing a regular-season roster spot on the Warriors, sources say. Chriss has had a standout preseason, choosing the Warriors’ opportunity over several other teams and taking advantage of increased minutes due to the loss of Willie Cauley-Stein.
On Wednesday, Chriss was given the nod to start at the five spot for the Warriors, and he accounted for eight points, one three-pointer, and five rebounds in 25 minutes of action. Golden State fell to the Los Angeles Lakers, 126-93.
Chriss is currently on a one-year minimum deal with the Dubs as he hopes to reestablish his place in the NBA. It has been a pretty forgettable past few years for the once promising youngster, but it seems that he has found a second chance with Golden State.
The foot injury recently sustained by Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein will reportedly sideline the big man for at least the first few weeks of the new season, and this appears to be the perfect opportunity for Chriss to prove his worth. At just 22, the former Washington University standout still has a lot of basketball ahead of him, and perhaps, this is his chance to bounce back in a big way.