Alfonzo McKinnie is officially a member of the Golden State Warriors.
The 6’8” former Green Bay star signed a two-year contract with Warriors on October 12th after earning a spot on the 15-man roster following training camp and a five game preseason schedule.
In a procedural move, following the preseason the Warriors initially signed McKinnie to a two-way deal before signing him to a two-year NBA contract in order to prevent McKinnie from having to clear waivers.
He will make the NBA minimum salary of $1,349,383 this season, though both years of the contract are non-guaranteed. The deal does not become fully guaranteed until January 10th meaning the Warriors could cut McKinnie at any time without penalty prior to January 10th.
The two-time defending NBA champions seem committed to McKinnie, however. Golden State needs minimum salary contributors to navigate the salary cap and luxury tax with a roster filled with stars making near maximum contracts.
“The way the game’s played now, you’ve got to have guys with size who can guard multiple spots,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told the San Francisco Chronicle. “His three-point shot is pretty good. It can get better, but we really like him. He’s a great kid. His story is fantastic. He’s worked hard to get here.”
In five preseason games, McKinnie averaged a respectable 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 18.6 minutes per game.
He played in 6 games for the Toronto Raptors this summer at the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League prior to joining the Warriors for training camp and averaged 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 23.8 minutes per game.
Splitting time last season with the Raptors and their G-League affiliate, Raptors 905, McKinnie appeared in 14 NBA games for the Raptors averaging 1.5 points in 3.8 minutes per game including a career high 9 points in 9 minutes of action against the Denver Nuggets on November 1st. In the G-League, McKinnie started all 35 games he appeared in averaging 14.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists while shooting 34.8% from beyond the arc in 29.9 minutes per game.
McKinnie made his Warriors debut in the second quarter on opening night against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
“I like when a guy fights, scratches and claws,” Kerr told the newspaper. “So, his teammates like him and we like him. We think he has some versatility, and we’re excited for him.”
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