Sixteen teams passed on Brandin Podziemski in the 2023 NBA Draft before the Warriors selected the 6-foot-4 guard from Santa Clara with the No. 19 overall pick.
Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor believes this could have been a huge mistake on these teams’ part. Through the first 30 games of the 2023-24 NBA season, Podziemski has impressed so far in his young career — so much so that O’Connor believes that if there was a new draft on Monday, Dec. 25, Podziemski wouldn’t do it. We will have to wait 18 selections before hearing his name.
As the Warriors played their Christmas Day matchup against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena, O’Connor posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he thought Podziemski would go “as high” as third and no lower than selection #7.
O’Connor also called Podziemski a “steal” for Golden State after the rookie fell to 19th overall.
This season, Podziemski has played in 23 games and recently earned a spot in the starting lineup to replace struggling Andrew Wiggins. Over the last seven games, the rookie has averaged 10.8 points on 43.9% shooting, with 6.9 rebounds, 4.4 and 2.1 steals during that span.
His five steals in Golden State’s loss to the Nuggets on Monday made him the first Warriors rookie with four or more steals in a game since Klay Thompson in 2012.
Podziemski also joins Ben Simmons, DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall as the only NBA rookies over the past 15 years to total 13 or more points, nine or more rebounds, six or more assists and five or more steals in just one game as he finished Monday’s game. contest with 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists and five steals.
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