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Is it time for D’Angelo Russell’s first Warriors Wonder award?

Russell showed he can provide instant offense for a team still figuring how how to proceed in a Splash Bros-less world.

San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors were unable to get their first regular season win at the Chase Center last night, but at least they fought with some gumption against those tricky San Antonio Spurs.

There were even a few players that showed they can grow into the big shoes vacated by the injured Splash Bros.

D’Angelo Russell

Russell scored 30 points, which believe it or not, is the highest scoring game any Warrior has had this season. He shot a tough 9-for-24 from the field, with more than a few coming of the heavily contested variety, but he was instrumental in carrying Golden State’s offense in key spurts.

He shot 9-of-10 from the charity stripe and also added 8 assists, including this nifty oop to Marquese Chriss.

Draymond Green

Green gutted his way through a finger injury to tally up 6 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. He made two of his four attempts from beyond the arc. He did his best to keep the Warriors in the game defensively early on, playing center fielder and swarming to plug up the multiple leaks springing up around the court.

He spent a lot of time in between plays coaching up his younger teammates, directing them to where they need to be, and chiding them for boneheaded mistakes. He’s really like a coach on the floor, and if he has to miss time with his injury, it would be unfortunate for a club that needs all the education it can get.

Jordan Poole

The rookie gunslinger started alongside Russell in the backcourt and had a solid scoring night. He posted a stat line of 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting, 4-of-7 from three-point range in 29 minutes. Poole is fearless and has no qualms about jacking a shot anywhere, anytime. He showed he is capable of creating separation off of the dribble, and if he can get a few more of those mid-range jumpers to go, he’s capable of becoming a scoring machine.

Alec Burks

Hey, this guy can play! Burks played solid defense throughout the contest and showed an ability to finish in traffic/hit open jumpshots. He was 5-of-9 from the field and nailed both of his shots from downtown. If you ask me, I think he’s gotta get some more of those wing minutes.

Damion Lee

16 points of 6-of-9 shooting reminded us that Lee is capable of coming in and knocking down shots at any given moment. Last night he provided a burst of energy that kept the Warriors in striking distance for a while.

Poll

Who was your Warriors Wonder in the loss to the Spurs?

This poll is closed

  • 61%
    D’Angelo Russell
    (85 votes)
  • 6%
    Draymond Green
    (9 votes)
  • 19%
    Jordan Poole
    (27 votes)
  • 4%
    Alec Burks
    (6 votes)
  • 5%
    Damion Lee
    (8 votes)
  • 2%
    Other
    (4 votes)
139 votes total Vote Now