He might be the best guy in the draft from a 3-and-D perspective

Before last year’s draft, one scout speculated McCaw could be one of the most NBA-ready prospects on the board. At 6-7, McCaw fits in with the Warriors’ long-armed, ball-hawking approach to defense, and earned a reputation as a top 3-and-D prospect.

He might be the best guy in the draft from a 3-and-D perspective, the scout said. He is very thin but he is athletic and smart. He is not going to do any one thing great for you, but he can do a lot of the little things and he is a plus on the defensive end. He can help a team right away.

Right away came sooner than expected for McCaw and the Warriors. There’s hope Durant could make a speedier-than-expected return from this knee injury. If not, the team’s ability to retain its grip on the Western Conference could rest on the performance of an unlikely critical figure, Patrick McCaw.

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After a 112-108 defeat on the road against Durant’s hometown Wizards, a team that didn’t even qualify for the playoffs in the easy, breezy Eastern Conference last season, the Warriors have now lost more games through 61 contests than they did all last season.

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(Rest) for what?, he told USA Today following Friday’s loss to Golden State. It’s messing with my rhythm a little bit, not just tonight but the last week or so. But I’ll be alright. It’s a little (frustrating). I’ll be alright. I’m strong enough.