Explain One Play: Young Glove Gary Payton II takes over with backdoor offense and on-ball defense
Not bad for the 15th man
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On a night where Stephen Curry was under the weather, the Warriors made a huge run at the end of the third with stellar defense led by Draymond Green and the new guy, Gary Payton II and Jordan Poole. GP2 shredded the Hornets with on-ball defense (as advertised) and bonus backdoor offense and even solid fast break passing.
Co-starring a happy Andre Iguodala, a sharp-eyed Nemanja Bjelica, a peculiar LaMelo Ball and the happiest Steve Kerr in the whole Napa Valley.
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With the 15th roster spot the Warriors signed their best on ball defender, best steal generator, and best rebounder, who also cuts off ball and has athleticism that pops even relative to NBA players. And they did that after basically offering him to every other team first.
How is that even possible????
Dub Forefathers starting 5
PG Gary Payton
SG Dell Curry
SF Mitchell Wiggins
PF Mychal Thompson
C Wilt Chamberlain