Baldwin appeared in only 11 games last season at Milwaukee due to a left ankle injury suffered in high school. The injury played a major role in what became an inconsistent season for Baldwin and was one reason why he was available at 28 for the Warriors.
The 19-year-old estimated that his ankle is at about 95% right now. He had no limitations during the pre-draft process and participated in 3-on-3 workouts with teams. He is eager to play with the Warriors in summer league and is healthy enough to do so.
Warriors president Bob Myers said the team will be cautious with him.
We had (team doctor) Rick (Celebrini) look at him and he talked about summer league. He can do some things but we’re not going to put him out there if we don’t think he is 100%. Rick will evaluate him and make that call. Hopefully, he can play but not at the expense of hurting him.
Despite the injury flaring up, Baldwin still averaged 12.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists last season. He produced his best game of the season in his debut after recording a double-double on Nov. 9 with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
The Warriors view the selection of Baldwin from an upside standpoint and are banking that he can develop into the prospect many thought he could be in high school. They value his size at 6-foot-9 and believe he can be a versatile player on the court.
The organization will certainly make sure Baldwin is completely healthy before clearing him to play. Their summer league schedule begins with the California Classic on July 2-3 so a decision will likely be made soon on his playing status.
The Warriors tip off their Las Vegas Summer League schedule on July 8.
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