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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Golden State Warriors selected forward Patrick Baldwin Jr. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with the 28th overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Baldwin, 6-foot-9, 220 pounds, missed much of his lone college season with a lingering left ankle injury, averaging 12.1 points and 5.8 rebounds in 11 games — and he will likely have plenty of time to develop early with the newly crowned. NBA champ.

Golden State general manager Bob Myers said it would be a priority to bring as many free agents back to the team as possible to make a repeat run.

That means a youngster like Baldwin will have time to learn the system and contribute to coach Steve Kerr, who likes to give everyone on the roster a chance.

“It’s a tough formation to break through because we have older guys,” Myers said of the youngsters able to contribute immediately. “It depends on who we sign in free agency. It depends on whether they are better than the recruits we have now.

Myers and his front office staff had a few days to prepare for the draft, just as it did for Golden State on its run to dynasty status with six trips to the NBA Finals in eight years and four championships. during this period.

“High class problem. We’ve done it five times, so it’s six,” Myers said. “I didn’t know we would do it again. But we’ve already done that.”

The Warriors also had the 28th selection in 2019, selecting Jordan Poole from Michigan.

Poole spent time in the G League before becoming a star this season.

“The challenge this year will be to retain free agents,” Myers said. “These players on this team now who are free agents are going to get maybe more interest than some of these guys.”

Center James Wiseman – the Warriors’ second pick in 2020 – has missed the entire season recovering from right knee surgery, and he continues to make positive progress and plans to compete in the summer league at some point. ability. Wiseman learned by watching Kevon Looney.

“It’s been a big summer for James, and the good news is he’s doing really well,” coach Steve Kerr said this week.

Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody, both coming off excellent rookie seasons, are also expected to play in the summer league in San Francisco or Las Vegas.

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