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Willie Cauley-Stein feels Warriors, Draymond Green will help him mature

Willie Cauley-Stein, Draymond Green, Warriors

Willie Cauley-Stein is hoping for a fresh start with the Golden State Warriors after four underwhelming seasons with the Sacramento Kings.

The sixth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft averaged 10.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in his four-year stint in Sacramento. He believes he can do more than that with the Warriors though, and he thinks that two-time All-Star Draymond Green will help him become a better player moving forward.

Cauley-Stein agreed to a one-year deal with the Warriors last week after the Kings rescinded their qualifying for him. He has made it clear that he no longer wants to be in Sacramento as the team has had very little success over the past four years that he was there.

It also looked like he wasn’t going to be part of the team’s long-term future, as they are focused on building around De’Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield and Marvin Bagley III.

With Golden State, Cauley-Stein is expected to have more playing time, especially since the Warriors lost five of their frontcourt players: Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets), Andre Iguodala (Memphis Grizzlies), Jordan Bell (Minnesota Timberwolves), DeMarcus Cousins (Los Angeles Lakers), and Andre Bogut (will play overseas).

The Warriors are hoping that WCS will have a breakout year next season, especially since they are still trying to contend for a championship.

Cauley-Stein will learn a lot from Green, who also had to go through a lot before he reached NBA stardom. If Dray can impart some of his wisdom to his new teammate, then the Warriors will have a dependable center who could potentially dominate on both ends of the floor.