Golden State Warriors: Charles Jenkins Has a Golden Opportunity

Lance SmithCorrespondent IMarch 27, 2012

Photo credit to Luis Sinco (LA Times). Photo link at,0,
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With the 44th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors selected Charles Jenkins, the now 23-year-old point guard out of Hofstra.

Jenkins has a great mid-range shot, and is good at getting to the rim and finishing in half court sets as well as in transition. At 6'3" and 220 lbs with a 6'7" wingspan, Jenkins is the perfect size for a point guard.

While he is shaky in many areas, he has a good body for a slashing point guard and some good skills to work with. At times he looks like he could step in and start, and at other times he seems like a Division Three college player. So at least he has potential.

Right now, Jenkins is averaging 11.1 minutes, 3.5 points and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 47.7 percent from the field.

While his play has improved and his minutes have increased, I can guarantee you that no team is jumping up and down to sign him next year. The Warriors do like the kid and I'm sure they'll extend him an invitation to the summer league if nobody else beats them to it, but he is far from being guaranteed anything for next season. 

With Steph Curry probably out for the rest of the year and Nate Robinson injured with a strained hamstring, Jenkins has a great opportunity to impress people. In fact, he's the only healthy point guard on the team.

Unless Nate Robinson has a great recovery, it'll be that way for a while. In his last game, a close loss against the Portland Trail Blazers, he played 40 minutes. While that is not ideal, he put up 27 points and six assists while making 13 out of 22 shots from the field. With those numbers, four turnovers is not a huge problem. 

I'm not saying he has to play like that for the rest of the year, but he should make the most of his minutes for the remainder of the season in order to prove his worth as a solid backup for any team in need of one.

He's convincing Warrior Nation that he's capable of it, and if his play continues to improve or at least remains solid, he'll have a chance at making next year's 12-man roster in Golden State, if not another NBA team.

This situation is oddly similar to that of the Warriors' rookie backup last year. Some Lin kid out of Harvard.

In short, Charles Jenkins has proven to the Warriors that he has the potential to find a place in this league. Right now, he has a chance to prove it to everyone.