The Golden State Warriors are waiving second-year point guard Ky Bowman, Shams Charania reported. Charania added that Bowman has suitors around the league, so he’ll likely catch on elsewhere.
The writing was a little bit on the wall for Bowman when the Warriors used the No. 48 pick in Wednesday’s draft on Nico Mannion, who averaged 5.3 assists per game last year with Arizona. Golden State needs a backup point guard, and Mannion seems to have more upside, with more interest from within the organization.
Bowman went undrafted in 2019, and signed a two-way contract with the Warriors shortly after. When Steph Curry was injured, Bowman started getting regular time with the Warriors, and eventually exhausted all of his two-way contract days. The Warriors then converted his deal into a multi-year, non-guaranteed contract.
He played 46 games with the Dubs, and averaged 7.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game in 22.6 minutes. He provided a much needed spark for a lot of the season, but struggled to score the ball efficiently — he shot just 41.7% from the field and 30.8% from beyond the arc, and got to the free throw line fewer than one time per game. That sub-50.0% true-shooting percentage wasn’t going to cut it, especially since Bowman wasn’t a great playmaker or passer.
Ultimately, Bowman was exactly what the Warriors needed a year ago, and not at all what they need for this upcoming season, especially with the large number of young, unproven players that are on the roster.
Best of luck to Ky on landing on another team for 2020-21.