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Is TY Jerome the Warriors' Next Breakout Player?

Warriors gave TY more than 30 minutes last game against Pelicans and he responded with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

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Jerome was signed to the Golden State Warriors on October 4, 2022, for the rest of the preseason, he then signed a two-way contract to play along with the affiliate Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA G League.

Although he was signed for their affiliate team, he played 70% of Warriors games, against the Suns, Heat(2 games), Hornets, Pistons, Magic, and Pistons. Last game he played 32 minutes and responded with 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. This season he is averaging 6.6 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 2 assists shooting 57% from the field and 40% from three.

His first promising game against the Hornets, where in limited time (16 minutes) Jerome scored 7 points and had 2 assists. After that, playing even less than against the Hornets, Jerome scored the most points out of anyone in the Warriors bench unit, dropping 8 points with 100% field goal accuracy. He also had 8 points against the Heat. But in the Warriors' last game against Pelicans, he got his biggest playing time, playing 32 minutes in Golden State Warriors 114-105 loss against New Orleans Pelicans.

TY's most successful season so far was in 2020-21, where he played for Oklahoma City Thunder and averaged 10.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 3.6 assists.

Maybe TY isn't having an as great comeback as Poole did, but he is putting his effort on the court and, off the court. Whenever he comes off the bench, he brings energy right away. Not to mention he is super engaged on the sidelines with cheering. You will have a hard time finding a more stable guard. He seems to know when and where to make plays and can do it more or less on command. And he barely ever makes mistakes. This season he only averages 0.3 turnovers. It can be a mystery to figure out how a guy with his limited athleticism does it, but he just keeps making plays over and over and over regardless of who is he playing against. He is a legit NBA bench player. Legit.

At the start of a season, Warriors fans compared TY with Brad Wanamaker, Patrick McCaw, Quinn Cook, Alfonso McKinnie, Jonas Jerebko, and Chris Chiozza. Now, they are starting to realize that TY Jerome is better, smarter, and savvier than all of them.

It will be interesting to see what will Jerome do for the rest of this season and who knows, the Warriors might take him next year as well.

1 Comment

Nov 11, 2022

Good post

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