Deep-dive: How will Donte DiVincenzo fit with the Warriors? (2023)

The Golden State Warriors’ offseason has been somewhat of a bittersweet endeavor. Amidst the departures of beloved role players and valued contributors, the fact that a championship was just won has pretty much been forgotten — or set aside toward the fringes of the subconscious.

Kevon Looney opted to stay with the organization that drafted him, cultivated his talent, and gives him the comfort of familiarity. Gary Payton II opted for financial security, a completely valid reason for someone who has toiled his way toward deserved recognition. Otto Porter Jr. was always expected to be a one-off signing, a rehabilitation project who used the prestige of a winning culture to springboard himself toward renewed relevance.

What should be taken into consideration concerning the recent signing of Donte DiVincenzo to a two-year, $9.3 million contract — a clear move to compensate for the loss of Payton II — is the Warriors’ knack for taking injury-plagued causes and turning them into positive-impact pieces.

Porter Jr. is one successful case. Shaun Livingston was forced into a life of a journeyman due to a devastating knee injury, before he found his way to the Warriors and became a foundational piece of their dynasty. DiVincenzo becomes the latest low-risk, high-reward undertaking that could pay dividends.

DiVincenzo doesn’t have Payton II’s pedigree in terms of elite perimeter defense. The combination of size and shooting that Porter Jr. provided isn’t something he’ll replicate with the Warriors. He lacks the height and length that made Livingston such an invaluable part of the Warriors’ versatile switch-everything scheme; at a height of 6’4”, his 6’6” wingspan grades out as “decent”, but not above average.

What stands out about his profile as a defender, however, is his defensive IQ. In an ecosystem that requires a high level of schematic understanding — and one that is led by arguably the brightest defensive mind to have ever graced an NBA court — DiVincenzo raises the collective intelligence of a unit that already has a ton of it.

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Stationing a 6’4” wing as the help-side low man can be counterproductive, considering how players with that profile provide little in terms of effective rim protection. But DiVincenzo makes up for a lack of disruptive length with timely positioning.

Timely positioning coupled with anticipatory guile defines DiVincenzo as an off-ball defender. He gets his hands within tight corridors, deflecting ill-advised handoffs and short passes. His understanding of passing lanes, as well as his excellent ball-tracking skills, has garnered him plenty of deflections and steals. He’s a good helper at the nail (free-throw line area), showing early help and stunting/digging at middle penetration, which occasionally forces turnovers.

He’s not as explosive as Payton II, nor does he cap off defensive possessions with the same kind of panache — but it doesn’t take away from his effectiveness as a thief.

Payton II led the league in steals per 36 minutes (2.8) last season. DiVincenzo won’t replicate that kind of production, but assuming he regains his peak form, he can come fairly close to it.

During the 2019-20 season, his 2.1 steals per 36 placed him 9th overall, while his steal rate of 2.6% tied him for 7th. He put up 2.0 steals per 36 in 25 games with the Sacramento Kings — a mark equivalent to 7th last season had he played more games — and a steal rate of 2.7%, equivalent to 4th.

Another hallmark of DiVincenzo’s defense is his screen navigation. His effort and high motor when fighting around screens stand out, enabling him to stay relatively close to his assignments.

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Before injuring a ligament in his left ankle during the 2020-21 season, DiVincenzo was one of the more underrated off-ball defenders. The process toward regaining his pre-injury form — as well as inconsistent playing time — has seen him suffer a slight drop-off in that department, but in an environment that will allow him to recover and thrive as a defender, it’s not far-fetched to expect him to do things like these:

When defending off-ball screening action during his tenure with the Kings, DiVincenzo allowed 12 points on 19 recorded possessions — a stingy 0.63 points per possession on such play types, per Synergy. It’s a small sample size, but it’s still indicative of his excellence as a chaser and tracker around screens.

As an on-ball defender, DiVincenzo isn’t as adventurous as Payton II. He isn’t as handsy, and he rarely risks reaching in to strip the ball. The difference is evident when you compare foul rates: DiVincenzo averaged 2.5 fouls per 75 possessions last season, while Payton II averaged nearly 4 fouls per 75 possessions.

DiVincenzo can handle like-sized guards, occasionally using physicality to overwhelm them on drives. Bigger wings present more of a challenge, and while he can briefly hold his own on switches against bigs, he can’t last long on them, which may necessitate him being scram switched (off-ball switch between a small and a big to erase potential mismatches) out of such matchups.

DiVincenzo may not be able to switch up the positional spectrum in the same manner that Payton II could, but his fundamentally sound 1-on-1 defense against matchups he can handle stands out. Having previously played with an elite help defender in Giannis Antetokounmpo, he’s adept in funneling his man toward help — and it’s not hard to imagine him doing the same with an all-time help defender in Draymond Green behind him.

One aspect of DiVincenzo’s game that has often flown under the radar is his rebounding. He averages nearly 7 rebounds per 75 possessions for his career — a huge number for a 6’4” guard. Stephen Curry, considered an above-average rebounder at the guard position, averages nearly 5 rebounds per 75 possessions for his career.

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On a team that already has rebounding hounds in Kevon Looney and Andrew Wiggins, DiVincenzo adds an additional element of board crashing that can compensate for the lack of vertical size across the board.

On offense, DiVincenzo profiles as more of a spot-up threat compared to Payton II, while also being able to handle the ball on occasion as a creator and playmaker in a pinch, although that shouldn’t be his primary role on a roster that already contains plenty of capable on-ball operators.

He’s a career 34.7% shooter from beyond the arc, which isn’t extraordinary — but it also isn’t terrible. His career-high came during the 2020-21 season, where he shot 37.9% on threes on 5.2 attempts per game. Relative to Payton II, he’s an upgrade in terms of spacing equity.

With the Kings, he shot 46-of-109 on catch-and-shoot threes — a nifty 42.2%:

DiVincenzo will never be able to replicate Payton’s screening ability, downhill explosiveness as a roller, and finishing at the rim as a lob threat. But being better as a ball handler gives him a slight edge in terms of playmaking. His 16.1% assist rate last season is a career high, perhaps boosted by being on a team that demanded a bit more from him as an on-ball creator.

One particular possession stood out — one that meshed his ability to pass out of the pick-and-roll and subsequently relocate toward valuable real estate to make himself available for a corner three:

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But DiVincenzo’s most valuable role on this Warriors offense is probably his ability to cut into space. On the Milwaukee Bucks, attention-sucking teammates in Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton opened up cutting lanes along the baseline, as well as 45 cuts from the wing and the slot.

On the Kings, teaming up with a highly capable low-post passer such as Domantas Sabonis allowed DiVincenzo to take advantage of defenses’ relative inattention toward him. It’s safe to say he’ll continue that tradition with the likes of Curry, Klay Thompson, and Jordan Poole sucking the attention.

DiVincenzo isn’t Payton II — which is why he’s receiving part of the Warriors’ taxpayer mid-level exception, and Payton II opted for a much deserved payday of $28 million over three years. The Warriors chose savings over a potential $60 million added to their luxury tax bill, and that may cost them on the court down the line.

But DiVincenzo is by no means a bad low-cost option. Barring injuries, there’s a fairly good chance he will contribute on both ends of the floor and play his way toward a lucrative situation down the line — much like what happened with Payton II and Porter Jr.

He has earned the chance to prove himself, while the front office — as much as their decision to let go of a beloved impact player on a championship-winning team ruffled feathers — has earned the benefit of the doubt.


How did the Warriors acquire DiVincenzo? ›

On July 8, 2022, DiVincenzo signed with the Golden State Warriors on a two-year, $9.3M deal. On January 27, 2023, DiVincenzo scored 12 points and recorded 11 assists during a 129–117 win over the Toronto Raptors.

What college did DiVincenzo go to? ›

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Who did Warriors pick up from the Kings? ›

Report: Donte DiVincenzo, Warriors Agree to 2-Year, $9.3M Contract After Kings Stint | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors | Bleacher Report.

Who did the Warriors give up for Wiggins? ›

Warriors Trade D'Angelo Russell to T-Wolves for Andrew Wiggins, Picks.

Who is white dante? ›

“White Donte” is what Bomani Jones started calling DiVincenzo while watching him tear it up in the NCAA Tournament championship game in 2018. Jones explained: “DiVincenzo comes in the game and the first thing I notice is his name is Donte and Donte has an 'O. ' That is not how it's spelled by the author of the Inferno.

Who did the Bucks trade for Donte DiVincenzo? ›

The deal was officially announced on Thursday night. Here is how the trade shook out, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski: Kings receive: DiVincenzo (from Milwaukee), Josh Jackson (from Detroit), Trey Lyles (from Detroit) Pistons receive: Bagley (from Sacramento)

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Who did the Warriors beat to advance? ›

The Golden State Warriors defeated the higher-seeded Sacramento Kings in Game 7 Sunday, advancing to the Western Conference semifinals. Thom Jensen reports.

Who won out of Warriors and Kings? ›

Warriors win against Kings 120-100, advancing to Western Conference Semifinals.

Who is the leader of the Warriors? ›

Cleon was the leader and founder of the Warriors. He formed the gang in 1978, along with Vermin, after being betrayed by Virgil, the leader of the Destroyers. He was played and voiced by Dorsey Wright.

Can Warriors keep Poole? ›

The Golden State Warriors may not be able to retain Jordan Poole, and these three teams could be lining up to offer him a hefty new deal. While both could see deals worth over $80 million, the Warriors will likely only be able to retain one of them unless either take a sizable pay cut.

Can Warriors afford to keep Wiggins? ›

The Warriors can't afford to keep Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins, and Jordan Poole, so who goes?

Can the Warriors keep Wiggins? ›

The Golden State Warriors have continued the mission to keep their championship core in place, with forward Andrew Wiggins agreeing a four-year, $109million contract extension. Wiggins was entering the final year of his previous deal and will now be owed a total of $143million over the next five seasons.

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What happened to Wiggins? ›

After playing a pivotal role in the Golden State Warriors' race for the 2021–2022 NBA title, Andrew Wiggins was out of the lineup for quite some time. The small forward missed 20 of the defending champion's first 49 games to start the 2022–2023 season due to an adductor strain, a foot injury, and a non-COVID illness.

How tall is Ty Jerome? ›

How much did the Warriors pay DiVincenzo? ›

Donte DiVincenzo signed a 2 year / $9,225,000 contract with the Golden State Warriors, including $9,225,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $4,612,500. In 2023-24, DiVincenzo will earn a base salary of $4,725,000, while carrying a cap hit of $4,725,000 and a dead cap value of $4,725,000.

Who did the Warriors trade for Ben Simmons? ›

According to a report from Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Sixers offered Simmons to the Warriors in exchange for Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman, the Nos. 7 and 14 picks in the 2021 NBA Draft, and two future first-round picks. The Warriors reportedly said no “quickly.” No surprises there.

Who did the Bucks trade Kareem for? ›

On June 16, 1975, the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Walt Wesley from the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Elmore Smith, Brian Winters, Junior Bridgeman and Dave Meyers.

Why is Poole called Poole? ›

The town's name derives from the Old English words pool which means a place near a pool or creek and pol which was given to people who lived near a small body of water. Variants include Pool, Pole, Poles, Poll, Polle, Polman, and Poolman.

How old is Hordan Poole? ›

Why did Poole cut his hair? ›

Poole also cut back on social media. With a potentially makeorbreak season looming, he wanted to keep his life as simple as possible. Cutting his long, curly mane was just part of that process.

How did Kings get DiVincenzo? ›

The Kings opted for DiVincenzo over two second-round picks in the Bagley trade at the last deadline. He was set to be a restricted free agent.

How did the Warriors get Harrison Barnes? ›

He played college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels before being selected by the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the 2012 NBA draft with the seventh overall pick. Barnes won an NBA championship with the Warriors in 2015.

Who did the Warriors trade to the Bucks? ›

The Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks agreed to a five-player trade involving Monta Ellis and Andrew Bogut with less than 48 hours before the NBA's March 15 trade deadline. Milwaukee will receive Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown in the deal, while Golden State winds up with Bogut and swingman Stephen Jackson.

Who will the Warriors get in free agency? ›

Golden State Warriors 2023 Free Agents
Player (7)Pos.Age
Andre IguodalaPF39.2
JaMychal GreenPF32.8
Anthony LambSF25.2
Lester QuinonesSG22.4
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Who did the Warriors receive? ›

A source confirmed Thursday that the Warriors acquired Payton from the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Kevin Knox and five second-round draft picks. The deal is pending a physical for Payton, who has played 15 games this season after undergoing offseason abdominal surgery.

Who did the Warriors acquire? ›

The Warriors reportedly acquired Gary Payton II in a four-team trade that involved a contested physical, but are now ready to move forward.

How much do Warriors players make? ›

Golden State Warriors team salaries 2022-23 season
Klay Thompson$40,600,080$43,219,440
Andrew Wiggins$33,616,770$24,330,357
Draymond Green$25,806,468$27,586,224
Gary Payton II$8,300,000$8,715,000
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How much do the Warriors make per game? ›

The team averaged about $9.3 million per game during the first title run four years ago, growing to $10.6 million per game in 2017 and $11.8 million in 2018.

How much is GSW worth now? ›

The sports business publication's 2022 league report pegged the Warriors' overall value at US$7.56 billion, putting them just behind the Dallas Cowboys as the second-most valuable team in North American professional sports.

Why did Barnes leave Warriors? ›

He also sounds like he has moved on mentally to a new beginning with the Mavs while Durant has moved on to the Warriors. “They have a championship coach, a stable management situation and one that is comfortable spending what it needs to be on the team,” Barnes said.

Did Mark Jackson leave the Warriors? ›

Mark Jackson was fired after the 2014 Playoffs because the Warriors wanted to hire a new coach to get over the championship hump after Jackson developed the Warriors' core into All-Star caliber players.

Why do the Warriors have a 6? ›

What is the number 6 on NBA jerseys? The No. 6 patch on NBA jerseys this season is a nod to Bill Russell's legacy on the court. The Boston Celtics legend amassed 11 NBA titles, five MVPs, 12 All-Star appearances and countless other accolades while rocking the No. 6 on his back from 1956-1969.

Did the Warriors try to trade Steph? ›

According to one GM, 'The Warriors were blind lucky that they were unsuccessful in trading Steph and Klay together for the stars they offered them together for,' he said. 'There were many, many people they tried to get and failed.

Who did the Warriors get rid of? ›

Draymond proud, but sad to see Warriors' free agents leave

Juan Toscano-Anderson, Gary Payton II, Otto Porter Jr. and Nemanja Bjelica each all signed elsewhere, ending their tenures with Golden State on the highest note possible, by winning a championship.

Did kd request a trade to the Warriors? ›

Durant was heavily criticized for joining the already-dominant Warriors, and when he left he was criticized again for leaving a successful situation. Even this summer, when Durant requested a trade from the Nets, he was criticized again.


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