The Warriors bring former first rounder Ty Jerome

Why did the Golden State Warriors let go of mixing star Mac McClung? He had nothing to do with him playing him during the Summer League or Japan and all to do with a recent eight-player swap between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets. In the deal, the Thunder assign 25-year-old guard Ty Jerome to Houston, who immediately gave him up.

While there is no place for him on the roster of one of the worst teams in the league, the reigning champions were very interested and, once he has canceled the waivers, the Warriors are planning to add Jerome to their training camp roster. .

Jerome was part of 2019 NCAA champion Virginia Cavaliers, scoring 16 points and providing eight assists in the game for the title. He was enlisted under no. 24 from the Philadelphia 76ers, but after two overnight draft exchanges, he ended up on the Phoenix Suns. After playing sporadically in his rookie year, Jerome went to OKC in Chris Paul’s exchange, alongside Forever Warrior Kelly Oubre, prior to the 2020-21 season. He averaged 10.7 points in 33 games that year, shooting 42.3% three-pointers, before his three-point shot abandoned him last season – he shot 29% from depth. (In fairness, OKC was the worst three-point shooting team in the league and had no mail threats, so Jerome didn’t have much room to help him.)

The Warriors are hoping last year was an aberration for Jerome’s shot, as he shot 39.2% on triples in three years in Virginia. He has shot 79% on free throws, which is often an even better indicator of three-point performance in the NBA. In fact, Jerome’s college stats may underestimate his shooting performance, as his Cavaliers played at an awfully slow pace, and he was the guy who had to do the “save shots” when time was running out. . He showed that skill with the Thunder too.

It will fit well alongside Steph Curry and Jordan Poole.

Jerome was a point guard in college, but played primarily as a shooting guard in Oklahoma, for two reasons. One is that he is 6’5 “tall, enough to protect most of the opposing wings. Second, he had Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in front of him as point guard, along with points Tre Mann and Theo Maledon (also traded with Houston this week). He’s not an incredible passerby but he’s consistent, averaging 5.5 assists and just 1.6 turnovers in his senior year and a respectable 2.7 assist-to-turnover ratio in the NBA.

Warriors like tall guards, and one big difference between Jerome and McClung is that Jerome is three inches taller and has four inches more standing reach. This makes a huge difference in defense, even though Jerome has “a negative wingspan” (he’s 6’5 1/2 “in his shoes and his wingspan is only 6’4”), he’s two inches longer than wingspan of McClung. Jerome is less of an athlete, but he is a better shooter and cutter, more likely to move without the ball and catch and shoot rather than driving himself to the basket. He is a very clever spot-up shooter.

The downsides? He hasn’t consistently thrown the ball in the NBA and he misses ideal athleticism. Mac McClung had a vertical jump of 43.5 inches to the combine. Jerome was 26 inches. So he has short arms and can’t jump – don’t expect a lot of steals or saves. Jerome certainly doesn’t look intimidating, but he grew up touring all over New York City, even as part of Chris Mullin’s former team, the Riverside Hawks. How is he wrong with a New York City point guard?

A great New York City point guard.

Oh right.

Another downside is that Jerome’s 2021-22 season was cut short by a groin injury. However, there was another boot camp candidate last year vying for 15th place on the roster as he was recovering from a groin injury, and his name was Gary Payton II. Jerome has an outside shot in 15th place on the roster if he amazes the team on the pitch, but he certainly has the inside track on the job as a starting point guard for the Santa Cruz Warriors.

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