Mediocrity doth not maketh a Warrior
- By Kris Burley, Day 65, 2023
Warriors Season snapshot:
Current team record: 26-7
5-2 against the West
1st in Net Rating
2nd in Defensive Rating
5th in Three Point Rate and 2nd in Effective Field Goal Percentage
With starter Chris Jensen out for 5 games, Wideman stepped up into the starters role and performed admirably averaging 11pts, 7ast, 5reb, 2stl over 38 minutes. Whilst his efficieny took a major hit, he continues to demonstrate his potential. Whilst Jensen will resume his role as starter, Wideman will continue to be allocated more minutes as the season progresses.
After the slow start, Weaver has exploded on the offensive end. Since the last press release, Weaver is averaging 29pts, 8reb, 4asts per game. The major contributing factor to this is Chris Jensen and Wideman finding there place in the team and taking over playmaking control.
Questions and Concerns
Ubuntu is beginning to slip out of favour. He was poised to take a leap this year coming out of training camp but has barely moved the dial when compared to his performance over his first three seasons. He is certainly not playing like it's a contract year. The undersized PF is struggling in his backup role to Dawkins.
Second unit performance
This is a surprise given what were perceived as improvements in the offseason. The supporting cast of Hayes, Ubuntu, Foster and Respert have been extremely disappointing on occasion. The 8pt loss to the Huskies was embarrassing, shooting 6 from 27 the field. With the sharp increase in schedule difficulty looming, bench mediocrity of this degree is unacceptable.
Whilst there are some positives to take out of the last 20 games, without a strong second unit the tough upcoming schedule looks to be brutal. Expecting to end the season with 55 wins.