Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr's unusual trust in rookie Brandin Podziemski is fueled by the player's undeniable impact on winning, leading to significant playing time and a key role in the team's rotation.

By the Numbers
  • Podziemski averages 34.5 minutes per game, the most of any Golden State player over the last seven outings.
  • With 44 games of NBA experience, Podziemski has contributed 41 assists and only four turnovers over his last six games.
  • Golden State has a +149 plus-minus in Podziemski's 1152 minutes on the floor this season, the highest on the team.
State of Play
  • Podziemski is part of the Warriors' best five-man lineups and 12 of the team's 14-best lineups by net rating.
  • As the team's non-Curry point guard, his growing playing time correlates with the Warriors' 6-1 record in that period.
What's Next

Podziemski's role and playing time may be impacted by the return of Chris Paul, but minimal adjustment is expected due to the correlation between his playing time and the team's recent success.

Bottom Line

Brandin Podziemski's impactful performance has earned him trust from Steve Kerr and a significant role in the Warriors' pursuit of a playoff spot.