With more than half the roster dealing with various injuries, the Golden State Warriors have called up two-way player Chris Boucher from Santa Cruz. He’ll be in an NBA uniform for the first time tonight.
Playing alongside Jordan Bell at Oregon, Boucher excelled as a long, athletic defender, averaging 12.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks per game. He tore his ACL late in the season, and went undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft.
Boucher is already 25, quite old for a rookie. He’s currently too thin for NBA competition, and his game isn’t polished. But he has a knack for finishing at the rim, rebounding, and blocking shots. He has a decent jump shot for a big man, and plays within his limitations,
He’s been signed to a two-way contract with the Warriors the entire season: since his knee healed, he’s really excelled in the G-League. Averaging 11.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.1 rebounds in limited minutes, he could very well contribute for the Warriors in coming years. He seems to be improving in every game.
Boucher wouldn’t be here if the Warriors were fully healthy, but it will be nice to see if he can contribute at all as the Warriors take the rest of season at half-speed. He’s definitely exceeded expectations so far, and it’s always great to root for undrafted guys to make it in the NBA.