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Donte DiVincenzo continues shooting the lights out in win against Sacramento
DDV is having a career year in Golden State.
We know the Golden State Warriors are going to need their best players to play at their best when the postseason arrives. They created a modern day dynasty powered by the efforts of All-Stars like Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andrew Wiggins.
But it’s their synergy with supporting cast members that makes this team unbeatable when the pressure is highest. All the physical strain and mental fortitude it takes to keep up with Golden State’s stars leaves windows open for opportunistic role players to jump in and cause damage.
This season has been a bit frustrating in that Golden State’s best players were often either injured or inconsistent so they didn’t always set the tone properly. Additionally, Golden State’s intention to meld lottery picks and new acquisitions around those guys looked pretty clunky at times, leading to Dub Nation having major questions about rotations and direction.
As the playoffs loom one game away, there’s an answer being established in regards to how guard Donte DiVincenzo fits in the rotation: AMAZINGLY.
DiVincenzo is a notorious defensive pest…
….but it’s his shooting and playmaking that has really impressed me. DDV has played in a career high 71 games, starting 35 of them. He’s shooting just under 40% from beyond the arc on about 5 attempts per game.
Stephen Curry (42% 3P%) and Klay Thompson (41% 3P%) are the two greatest shooters of all time and set the tone for long range bombing; that’s why they call ‘em the Splash Bros. But for DDV to be sniping away from deep at a high efficiency in his own right means that he provides a lethal option that can break an opposing defense.
"The biggest thing for me is, when I'm aggressive it opens up everything else for me," DiVincenzo said. "Not just shooting the ball, but being aggressive, getting downhill, getting guys shots. And the gravity, everybody goes with Steph, so I find myself open.
"When you're on the court with two of them at a time, I'm definitely going to get overlooked. Just having that confidence and knocking them down, it's been huge for me this year."
- DiVincenzo on being ready to play with the Splash Bros
He has 9 games this season where he’s made at least 5 triples. Last night DDV scored 18 points in 29 minutes, shooting 7-of-10 from the field, making 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. He also added 9 assists; it’s clear that he fits in well to Golden State’s pass happy scheme.
Funny enough, in a recent episode of teammate Andre Iguodala’s podcast Point Forward, DDV said he is NOT a shooter. I highly recommend you check out the episode to get an inside look at this competitor’s mindset.