When the Golden State Warriors signed Marquese Chriss to a non-guaranteed training camp deal, it seemed highly unlikely that he’d ever suit up for the team in a regular season game. The Warriors were hard capped, and Chriss had never been a productive NBA player.
A lot has changed in the last few weeks. Chriss has impressed the Warriors, both in preseason games and behind closed doors. Golden State has suffered injuries to centers Kevon Looney and Willie Cauley-Stein. And players and coaches alike have lobbied - publicly and privately - for GM Bob Myers to find a way to keep Chriss on the roster (likely at the expense of Alfonzo McKinnie).
Now it seems likely that Chriss will play a role on the team, against the odds.
Perhaps the league was too dismissive of Chriss, who was a lottery pick in 2016, and is wildly athletic. According to Warriors star Draymond Green, people have been too quick to assign blame to to the 22-year old Chriss, rather than to the dysfunctional Phoenix Suns organization that drafted and attempted to develop him.
The three-time All-Star didn’t pull any punches while discussing why he thinks Chriss is a better player than the Suns ever saw.
Draymond Green on Marquese Chriss: “No one ever blames the situation, they blame the kid. No one ever blames these shitty franchises...No Phoenix writer is going to bash the Suns, but let’s be frank, when he was there, the organization was terrible.” pic.twitter.com/vw3t4NKxwY— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 17, 2019
Green certainly has a point. The Suns are dripping with dysfunction, and have had a very difficult time developing talent in recent years.
It looks like we’ll soon get a chance to see if Phoenix’s loss is Golden State’a gain.