How Donte DiVincenzo Villanova background prepares him for Golden State

How Donte DiVincenzo Villanova background prepares him for Golden State

By Shayna Rubin

SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors have made it a point to get Villanova alums onto the roster of late.

In 2019, they traded for former Wildcat Omari Spellman and drafted Eric Paschall in the second round — both have since been traded away. But Donte DiVincenzo, who signed to a two-year, $9.3 million contract this offseason, is the next former Wildcat to play under Steve Kerr.

Villanova’s style that prioritizes passing, off-ball movement and cutting under coach Jay Wright draws parallels to the Warriors’ style with Kerr. So DiVincenzo’s first impressions as a Warrior feel “very similar” to his college ball days, he said.

“I always tell Coach Wright, I wouldn’t be in this position without him,” DiVincenzo said. “He laid the blueprint for us. Going into Milwaukee was very similar. And coming here, it’s something I’m comfortable with. It’s an environment I can thrive in and so I’m happy where I’m at.”

DiVincenzo joins the Warriors as a replacement, of sorts, for Gary Payton II. The 6-foot-4 guard defends guards and wings and is a shooting threat off the bench. The Warriors snagged him at a decent price after an injury-plagued 2021/22 season with the Milwaukee Bucks in which he struggled to regain his rhythm on a surgically-repaired ankle and was traded to the Sacramento Kings amid a lost season.

He finished the year with down numbers, shooting 34% from 3 and 35% from the field in 42 games with the Bucks and Kings. The year prior in 66 games, he shot 38% from three and 42% from the field.

Source: Paradise Post

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