3. Marquese Chriss
Big man Marquese Chriss has had an eventful NBA career to this point. At just 22-years-old, Chriss is already playing for his fourth NBA team, and it looks like he may have found a permanent home this time with the Warriors.
The 2016-17 All-Rookie has been rejuvenating his career on this young Golden State team all season, and could genuinely be the organization’s answer at the center position moving forward.
Playing in 59 games with the Warriors, Chriss averaged a career-high 9.3 points per game — the most since his rookie season where he averaged 9.2 points.
The big averaged an impressive 54.5 percent field goal shooting, almost 10 percent higher than his previous career-high of 44.9 percent, also set in his rookie year.
Chriss not only put up career bests on the offensive end but on defense as well. The big averaged 1.1 blocks per game as he solidified his presence as a much-improved defender.
Overall, Chriss has been a stellar addition and filled a significant hole in the lineup with long time Warrior Kevon Looney riddled by injuries all year long.
Currently, on a two-year $2,478,471 contract that will see him become an unrestricted free agent in 2021, Chriss has been an absolute steal for Golden State this season.