Assessing the Golden State Warriors’ Summer League Team

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Guaranteed Training Camp Players

James Michael McAdoo

*Ognjen Kuzmic

Kevon Looney

As of now, these are the only three players who will for sure be at the Warriors training camp. McAdoo was the only prospect from the summer league squad that has a legitimate chance of cracking the Dubs’ championship rotation. With the departure of David Lee, he has the opportunity to play about ten minutes per game during the regular season. While he has always been known for his athleticism, McAdoo flashed impressive offensive skills, finishing some under-the-basket post moves and displaying a solid mid-range jumpshot. He won’t receive a lot of time with the bevy of wings on the roster, but he showed that he can be an asset this season and beyond.

Of all the players on the squad, no player’s stock fell further than that of Ognjen Kuzmic. After being drafted in 2012, Kuzmic has yet to play any meaningful minutes with the Dubs. This summer was likely his last chance to prove that he had a legitimate place in the organization’s future. He had a nice rebounding showing in the first game but did not play in any of the subsequent games, as he left the team to join the Serbian national team. With the Warriors deploying their small lineup in increasing frequency and with an intriguing big man in Festus Ezeli waiting in the wings for Bogut’s decline, Kuzmic’s future likely lies overseas.

Update: After the Warriors withdrew their qualifying offer to Kuzmic, he signed to play with an overseas team in Greece. He clearly didn’t fit with the Warriors long-term plans, so this move is in the best interest of both parties involved.

The organization likely saw what they initially expected out of Kevon Looney. He has boatloads of potential. He has natural basketball instincts, great rebounding ability, and a high ceiling as a stretch-4 in their system. But as of now, he’s an ultra-raw 19-year-old who made plenty of mistakes along with those “wow” plays. I’m betting he spends the majority of this season in Santa Cruz waiting for his opportunity in the years to come.