The Golden State Warriors have made their small forward decision. Glenn Robinson III, who was signed over the summer, will be in the starting lineup when the Warriors open up the season on Thursday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Coach Steve Kerr made the news official prior to Friday’s preseason finale.
Steve Kerr naming Glenn Robinson III as starting small forward on opening night vs Clippers. Kerr added Kevon Looney might be able to return for the season opener— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) October 19, 2019
The Warriors entered camp with a competition for the starting small forward slot, with Robinson, Alec Burks, and Alfonzo McKinnie all jockeying for the position.
By the end of camp, it was clear Robinson had won, albeit more by default. Hampered by an injury, Burks has yet to play this preseason. And McKinnie is being waived to clear a roster spot for Marquese Chriss. So that leaves Robinson.
Robinson has been decent, albeit not inspiring this preseason. In four games, he’s averaging 8.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, in 19.9 minutes. Most encouraging is his 50% mark from downtown.
The Warriors will certainly be hoping that Robinson keeps shooting well. That, and defense, are the two areas the team is hoping to find production from the small forward position.