How the Warriors’ 55th pick Gui Santos stole the show at the California Classic

In a California Classic game featuring Sacramento’s Keegan Murray, the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft, there were times when Golden State Warriors second-round pick Gui Santos looked like the best player on the field.

The Brazilian forward dropped 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting in his summer league debut, with six rebounds, three steals and a block in 25 minutes. Murray scored a season-high 26 points to lead the Kings to an 86-68 win Saturday night at Chase Center.

“Santos was good,” Warriors summer league head coach Seth Cooper said. “I mean, for a guy who hasn’t had all the practice we’ve had, you see him really aggressive. … We want to be able to see it with the ball in our hands, and we have seen it. He must play games. I think the more he does this as the summer league progresses and his career progresses, the better off he will be. But he showed a talent for, offensively, being able to have an effect on the game for a guy playing in the United States for the first time.

Santos’ night got off to a bad start with ball safety issues. He nearly got stripped on his first two rides, then threw a bad rebound pass into traffic, resulting in a turnover. But once Santos settled in, it became clear why the Warriors were ready to take a chance on the 20-year-old and their understanding of what he could become.

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