Assessing the Golden State Warriors’ Summer League Team

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Fringe Candidates

Aaron Craft

Dominic Sutton

LaDontae Henton

Among all the players that don’t have a guaranteed training camp invite from the Warriors, these three probably impressed the most during summer league. Due to the talent on the Dubs’ roster, they may or may not receive training camp invite, although their play during the summer will make the front office’s decision difficult.

Aaron Craft is a known commodity to the Warriors organization after winning D-League Defensive Player of the Year with the Santa Cruz Warriors last season. His relentlessness on the defensive end and his high basketball I.Q. should net him a second or third string point guard job somewhere. If his shooting and offensive game can ever develop to even a mediocre level, he could have a solid NBA career.

Dominic Sutton is also a familiar face, as he was a vital cog to the championship Santa Cruz Warriors last season. His athletic ability and his inside-out game were on full display during the summer league. Despite coming off the bench, I’d venture to say he was the Dubs’ second-best player during the summer behind McAdoo. It’s unclear whether the Warriors see enough NBA potential in him to bring him in during training camp, but some team likely will.

LaDontae Henton is a curious case. He had a storied four-year career at Providence, ranking second all-time in scoring at the school. He started the summer league somewhat slow. Henton would cause careless turnovers or empty possessions because he tried forcing the issue and didn’t really play within himself or the offense. However, he progressively got more comfortable as the summer league went on. By the end, he flashed a sweet outside stroke and some impressive above-the-rim athleticism. I’m thinking he won’t get an extended look from the Dubs, but he is a candidate to spend the season thriving in their D-League affiliate.