How Alfonso McKinnie Is Thriving Off The Bench For The Warriors

alfonso mckinnie golden state warriorsThe Golden State Warriors have been off to a dominant start once again with a 10-1 record that has them atop the Western Conference.

Steph Curry is once again playing like an MVP, Durant has been as reliable as always, Klay Thompson has regained his three-point shot and Draymond Green continues his solid all-around play to make the Warriors run like the well-oiled machine we’ve expected them to be.

But what’s been a big surprise is the growth of forward Alfonso McKinnie, who’s become a key piece for the Warriors off the bench.

McKinnie, who signed with the Warriors after being waived by the Toronto Raptors in the offseason, has managed to find a place on the rotation and make enough impact to earn regular minutes. The 6’8” forward is currently averaging 14 points and seven minutes per game this season as he’s thrived while playing along the rest of the Warriors’ stars.

With Curry, Durant, and Thompson commanding most of the defense’s attention McKinnie often finds himself free for the wide-open three. McKinnie’s not only shooting an outstanding 60 percent from three-point land this season but has already proven to be a great finisher at the rim, where he uses his athleticism and physicality.

Although McKinnie’s unlikely to shoot 60 percent from three all-season long he could level off to around 40 percent, but the Warriors will continue to use him also because of his great rebounding ability and great shooting percentage from inside the paint.

McKinnie’s been a beast on the boards in limited minutes, as he knows how to use his power and speed on the offensive glass to jump over opposing players, grab rebounds and get easy hoops.

This season McKinnie is averaging 10 rebounds per every 36 minutes on the floor. Of those boards, 3.6 have come on the offensive end of the floor which is amazing considering how limited his playing time is.

Furthermore, he’s been dominant in scoring in transition as well, where he’s been able to get easy dunks and fast breaks.

On defense, McKinnie has the size, mobility, and versatility to guard opposing forwards which is perfect for the Warriors switch-heavy defense.

With all those assets McKinnie seems to have secured himself a spot on the Warriors rotation for the rest of the season, and if he continues to grow, he could develop into a future starter.

 

 

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