According to Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group, the Golden State Warriors have signed undrafted point guard Aaron Craft to a partially guaranteed, one-year deal. Craft will attend Warriors’ training camp.
Craft played for the Warrior’s Summer League team this year and greatly impressed Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr. He averaged 7.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.4 assists in five Summer League games with the Warriors.
Craft isn’t known for his shooting or scoring ability, but he impressed Kerr with his toughness, his work ethic, and his defensive mindset.
Kerr on Craft: “People have their opinions of him in terms of he doesn’t shoot it well enough, he doesn’t do this…He competes & he wins.” — Diamond Leung (@diamond83) July 15, 2014
During his four-year college career at Ohio State University, Craft build up quite the résumé. He was a four-time Big Ten All-Defensive Team selection (2011–2014), a two-time All-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (2012, 2014), and a two-time Academic All-American of the Year (2013–2014).
The Warriors most likely signed Craft in order to address Nemanja Nedovic‘s recent foot injury, which he suffered while training with the Serbian national team for the FIBA World Cup this summer.
During his rookie season and Summer League, Nedovic looked confused and overwhelmed at times. His play had been fairly sloppy, and he hadn’t consistently displayed the quickness and explosiveness that led the Warriors to draft him last year.
Because of this, there has been uncertainty this offseason as to who will be the Warriors’ third point guard for this upcoming season. The signing of Craft definitely puts some pressure on Nedovic, especially since the Warriors have until October 31st to decide if they want to pick up Nedovic’s $1.15 million option for the 2015-2016 season.
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