SAN FRANCISCO – The democratic process by which Warriors coach Steve Kerr makes most of his decisions might be enough slide Patrick Baldwin Jr. into the rotation as a rookie.
“Might,” is the operative word because Baldwin is the least experienced of the five Warriors who fit the wing category.
“I’m really excited about him,” Kerr told reporters after Baldwin delivered 12 points, shooting 4-of-5 from deep, in 17 minutes in the preseason win over the Wizards on Sunday in Japan.
Know this, though: Kerr listens to his staff and to the veterans. Baldwin has used summer workouts, practices and preseason performances to impress both.
“Well, (veteran assistant coach) Ron Adams is a huge fan,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said of Baldwin a couple weeks ago. “Ron’s probably telling everybody. He loves him.”
Stephen Curry, the most influential player of all, has said he likes what he has seen so far. And on Tuesday, seven-year veteran Kevon Looney singled out Baldwin as someone to watch.
“He picks up everything really fast,” Looney said. “That’s something you need to do on this team. He’s a high-IQ kind of player. Steve loves guys like that, so he’ll probably find his way on the court somehow.”
Looney paused briefly, recognizing the other component involved in doling out playing time.
“There’s a lot of talent at that position,” he cautioned. “But the way he shoots it, and his feel for the game, he’s…