The dust had barely settled on the Golden State Warriors first Las Vegas Summer League game of 2021 when they made another move to shore up their roster. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Warriors signed point guard Chris Chiozza to a two-way contract on Monday.
Chiozza will be on a two-way deal, per sources. https://t.co/CWZGmI7eLh— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 10, 2021
The Warriors already had a very solid bench, with Jordan Poole, Andre Iguodala, Otto Porter Jr. Nemanja Bjelica, and Juan Toscano-Anderson. But they were without a backup point guard unless they wanted to give those minutes to Nico Mannion or guarantee Gary Payton II’s deal, and neither of those things seem likely. And even though he’s on a two-way deal, Chiozza could earn himself those minutes.
The 25 year old, 5’11 Chiozza is an unheralded lead guard with three years of NBA experience. He’s only played in 57 games, and his stats are nothing to put in the Hall of Fame, but there’s a lot to like.
While Chiozza is not an efficient scorer, he’s a very strong and careful playmaker, with career averages of 8.2 assists to just 2.6 turnovers per 36 minutes. The advanced metrics loved him both last year and the year before, and in 2019-20 he played for now-Warriors assistant coach Kenny Atkinson, who was head coach of the Brooklyn Nets at the time.
It’s a risk-free pickup that could pay dividends.