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Jessup still doesn't expect to join Warriors this season originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The Warriors sure could use a sharpshooter right now.
Entering Wednesday, they rank 18th in 3-point percentage (36.1), 11th in 3-pointer made per game (13.4) and 20th in overall field goal percentage (45.2). Steph Curry is heating up, shooting 41.4 percent on 11 3-point attempts per game. Andrew Wiggins has been much better from deep, nailing 38.5 percent of his shot beyond the arc on 5.2 attempts per game. But Kelly Oubre Jr. is averaging five 3s per game, the third-most on the team, and is shooting just 23.1 percent from deep.
So, what's the solution? One of the best shooters in the Warriors' organization currently is playing in Australia, but it doesn't sound like he'll be coming to Golden State this season.
“I think the plan is to develop here," Justinian Jessup told The Athletic's Ethan Strauss when asked if he has been approached by the Warriors about joining them this year. "Hopefully I can get an opportunity back in the States next year.”
The Warriors picked Jessup in the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft, but the Boise State product already was set to play for the Illawarra Hawks in Australia's NBL this season. So far, so good for the 6-foot-7 southpaw. Through his first four games as a pro, Jessup is averaging 14.5 points and shooting 53 percent from the field. He also has made 10 of his first 17 attempts from 3.
Warriors 2020 2nd Round Draft Pick, Justinian Jessup, came out blistering hot in his second game in the NBL.
4/4 3PT pic.twitter.com/L6FEMEs4MD
— r/Warriors (@GSWReddit) January 18, 2021
Warriors 2nd round selection and 2020 @ProBBallCombine Honoree Justinian Jessup has made a seamless transition to the pros and has been a key contributor to @thehawks 4-0 start, leveraging his shooting gravity to create advantages. pic.twitter.com/bNv2j0F1rO
— Jonathan Götting (@j_goetting) January 31, 2021
The Hawks are a perfect 4-0 this season, and Jessup is a big reason why. Australian native and former Warriors center Andrew Bogut has been paying close attention to Jessup, and recently heaped praise on him. Bogut is so high on him, he believes Jessup could immediately help the Warriors right now.
"I honestly think he could find time for the Warriors right now," Bogut said on his "Rogue Bogues" podcast. "I think he’s young, he’s learning the game, but they need shooters down there in Golden State. You could put him in the corner, you’re not leaving him.
"So he would really help their offense from that point of view."
But it doesn't sound like that will happen this year. For now, Warriors fans will have to watch Jessup from afar and get ready for him to fire from deep in the near future.