Warriors Player & Missouri Native Patrick McCaw’s NBA Journey
From St. Louis high school basketball player to NBA Champion, learn how Missouri native Patrick McCaw made it to the NBA.
The Golden State Warriors are once again NBA Champions, defeating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Warriors roster features a lot of stars, most notably Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. Curry, the prolific shooter who quickly took the sports world by storm, averaged over 26 points in the NBA Finals. Not to be outdone by Durant, the seven-foot scoring machine averaged 35 points, and his individual play throughout the series won him Finals MVP.
The Warriors roster also features a home-grown talent, rookie Patrick McCaw, who showed some promise playing in his first NBA Finals series.
Patrick McCaw was born October 25, 1995. Patrick, his mother Teresa, his father Jeffery, and his five siblings, all lived in St. Louis Missouri. McCaw went to Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis for three years, then transferred to Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Maryland his senior year. As a senior he averaged 13 points a game, and helped lead his Mustangs to a 20-5 record and a National Christian School Athletic Association Division I title. His great defense also earned All-Sentinel honors.
McCaw’s play in high school caught the University of Nevada-Las Vegas’ attention, UNLV coach Todd Simon recruited McCaw out of high school, and McCaw committed to the program April 19, 2014. McCaw’s freshman year was the 2014-15 season, and during that time he appeared in 32 games, starting in 16 of them. He also lead the team in steals, that defensive potential that Simon saw was paying off.
During his second year at UNLV McCaw averaged 14.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 2.45 steals, he was also second in the nation in steals. After his sophomore season McCaw declared for the NBA draft.
McCaw was the 38th overall pick selected by the Milwaukee Bucks, however, the Bucks traded McCaw to the Warriors in exchange for cash considerations. In the NBA, McCaw had to sit on the bench more than he was used to, playing only 15 minutes per game in the pros., verses the 30 minutes he played in college. But he made the most of his opportunities when they came. McCaw started 20 games this season and averaged over 23 minutes in those games.
When the playoffs came around McCaw got a chance to show his worth on a big stage, and he delivered. McCaw scored 11 points in a playoff win against the Portland Trail Blazers and 18 in a win against the San Antonio Spurs. In the first four games of the NBA Finals, McCaw only played six minutes per game, and most of that being in garbage time when the game’s outcome was practically decided.
Then came Game 5. McCaw played over 11 minutes, the most playing time he got all series, and was in the game to help stop some of the Cavailer’s runs. During the first quarter of the championship winning game, McCaw recorded a steal, then McCaw made a layup to put the Warriors up eight points, scoring his team’s last points of the quarter in the process. By the fourth quarter McCaw had an assist for a Kevin Durant three, and played some great defense that helped the Warriors seal the game.
McCaw’s journey from a home-town kid to an athlete producing in his sport’s biggest stage is a remarkable one, built on hard-work and dedication. Be on the lookout as he blossoms in the NBA.
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