Golden Grizzly to the NBA

Former Oakland center Keith “Kito” Benson has signed a 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors and will be in uniform tonight as the Warriors play the Sacramento Kings.

Benson has appeared in 20 games with the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Development League averaging 15.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks a game on 50.2% shooting.  He also has seven double-doubles in those games including 17 points and 11 rebounds in his last game against Bakersfield.

Kito was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round, pick 48, after having a stellar end to his career with the Golden Grizzlies.  He averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds both his junior and senior seasons to become the first player from Oakland to be drafted, but was released by the Hawks before the 2011-12 season began.

With the lack of size the Warriors currently have with newly acquired Andrew Bogut out for the season with an ankle injury, Benson should have an opportunity to play some decent minutes.  And with the run-and-gun offense the Warriors use his athletic skill set could be put to good use by coach Mark Jackson in both pick-and-pop sets and in the fast break.

Hopefully Benson gets a chance to show what he can bring to an NBA team during this stint with the Warriors as this is a chance to show not only Golden State what he can do, but the entire NBA.


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