How Warriors’ Gui Santos, the 55th pick, stole the spotlight at the California Classic

In a California Classic match with Sacramento’s Keegan Murray, the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft, there were times when Golden State Warriors second-round pick Gui Santos looked like the best player on the court.

The Brazilian forward dropped 23 points on his 7-of-13 shot on his Summer League debut, with six rebounds, three steals and a block in 25 minutes. Murray scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Kings to an 86-68 win at the Chase Center on Saturday night.

“Santos was good,” said Seth Cooper, head coach of the Warriors Summer League. “I mean, for a guy who hasn’t done all the exercises that we had, you see him really aggressive. … We want to be able to see him with the ball in his hands and we saw that. He has to do plays. I think the more he does that throughout Summer League and his career, the better he’ll be. But he has shown a knack for making an impact offensively for a player playing for the first time in the United States.”

Santos’ evening got off to a shaky start due to ball safety issues. He almost got stripped on his first two rides, then threw a bad bounce pass into traffic, resulting in a turnover. But as Santos settled in, it became clear why the Warriors were willing to take a risk on the 20-year-old and their understanding of what he could become.

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