Podziemski Pre-Season Opener Highlights

He played very well. 11pts, 6 rebounds, 4 assists. Was the point guard for the 2nd unit.


He was awesome last night. 10pts, 10 assists, 6 rebounds, 0 turnovers.


Plus a steal and a block, I believe. When his 3-point shooting comes around he will be a major force out there, maybe already is. His goal of triple doubles in the NBA does not seem far-fetched now.
Keshawn with the Jazz is another feather in the Bronco cap.
Go Brandin, go Broncos.


Podz didn’t play at all in their game earlier in the week. And in last night’s final preseason game didn’t play in the 1st three quarters. He played in the 4th quarter but by that time all or most of the both teams expected rotation players had retired for the night. His line: 2pts, 5 rebs, 4 assists; 0-2 from 3, 0-2 from the FT line.

Might need to pump the brakes in the short term on the triple doubles and ‘major contributor’ talk.

We’ll know more when the reg season starts next week, but as of now it appears veteran journey man point guard Corey Joseph (Texas) is ahead of Podz off the bench at point guard (not to mention Curry and Chris Paul). At 2/shooting guards and wing, 2022 1st round pick Moses Moody, Gary Payton II and vet Rodney McGruder appear to be the primary backups behind Thompson and Curry (and Wiggins when he plays the 3).

The other variable…Draymond has a bad ankle and hasn’t played in the pres-season. Warriors have been using a very small starting lineup in the preseason: Paul and Curry in the backcourt, Thompson on the wing, Wiggins and Looney in the frontcourt. Once Draymond returns it will be interesting to see if Paul moves to a 6th man role and the Warriors revert to their regular starting lineup the past two seasons of: Curry, Thompson, Wiggins, Draymond and Looney. If so, that makes the backcourt rotation even tighter and harder for Podz to crack.

For now, Podz’ sub-par perimeter shooting in the pre-season (and parts of summer league) is probably keeping him behind the other guys mentioned. Hopefully he can work through that and work his way in to the rotation.

One other potential opportunity for Podz… Curry/Paul/Thompson are old and have dealt with injuries the past several seasons. The Warriors will surely rest each of those guys and hold them out of the lineup occasionally.
And of course an injury or two (hopefully minor) is also likely. That may open up an opportunity for Podz to crack the rotation.