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Warriors sign Reece Beekman to two-part deal

Warriors sign Reece Beekman to two-part deal

Some NBA teams focus on international prospects. Others, like the New York Knicks, focus on members of the 2016 Villanova Wildcats. The Golden State Warriors, with a front office led by Cream City High School standout Mike Dunleavy Jr., focus on Milwaukee.

Kevon Looney. Jordan Poole. Patrick Baldwin, Jr. And now, Reece Beekman. Golden State has been tough on Milwaukee players in recent years, and Beekman, born and raised in Milwaukee through high school, is next in line.

The Golden State GM played at Wisconsin the first two years of his high school career while his father was the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, then returned to play for the Bucks from 2011-2013. Since joining the Warriors front office, Dunleavy has advised drafting Poole (from Rufus King High) and Baldwin (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where his own father coached) and re-signing Kevon Looney (Alexander Hamilton High) two two different contracts.

He also traded Poole and Baldwin together to the Washington Wizards, because Milwaukee is all about the buddy system.

If you’ve ever wondered about the suspicious amount of cheese curds and La Croix sparkling water in the Warriors locker room, wonder no more.

Beyond the Milwaukee connection, it’s easy to see how Beekman fits in a two-way deal with the Dubs. He’s only 6’1”, but he’s a monster athlete and a great defender at the point of attack, winning the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award the past two seasons. Beekman can be a disruptive presence on defense and has maintained a 3:1 assist-to-turnover ratio over his past three college seasons.

He might be a better fit with the Warriors if he turned the ball over all the time, but Beekman seems to fill a need.

He also delivers some impressive dunks, such as one that stunned Steph Curry in January 2023 while participating in a Cavaliers game with UVA legend Ty Jerome.

The knock on Beekman is that he’s not much of a shooter, though he did increase his scoring to 14.3 points per game in his final year at Virginia, which is more impressive considering how slow that team plays. But for that it’s a two-way deal. It’s better to take a player with elite skill like Beekman and see if the Santa Cruz Warriors development staff can mold him into a proper shooter.

Beekman’s fate is likely a career backup point, but that’s a valuable thing. No matter what Midwestern city outside of Chicago you’re from.