2. Brandin Podziemski, Golden State Warriors
The Warriors have added yet another young guard with shooting upside that will likely be rooted to the bench as they chase another championship. Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody will likely get preferential treatment over the Santa Clara alum, especially after starting off ice cold.
Podziemski made just 19% of his shots and 21% of his 3-pointers in his first three Vegas games, which is alarming for a player who managed to nudge his way into the first-round discussion based almost entirely on his shooting and relatively low-floor offensive game.
Gradey Dick is outscoring Brandin Podziemski.
Dick isn’t lighting it up from 3-point range, and Podziemski can take solace in the fact they will both shoot much better when they have better spacing alongside actual NBA players. However, the finishing inside the arc is where Dick has thrived, and Podziemski is struggling.
In part of Dick’s ongoing quest to show he has more offensive value than just shooting from 3-point range, he’s shown off an interesting collection of generation moves and finishes from difficult angles. Podziemski can shoot, but he may see some time in Santa Cruz before he goes to San Francisco.