Preparations have already begun for the 2015 season with players participating in the NBA Summer League.
Let's take a look at the Pacific with the NBA champion Golden State Warriors.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
They’re very good. As much as teams like the Spurs, Clippers and Cavs added some depth, the Warriors are still the best team in the NBA. That means their Vegas team won’t get much burn.
James Michael McAdoo, Warriors F - He’s probably the only player with a chance for minutes. The Warriors traded away David Lee while Ognjen Kuzmic and Justin Holiday are gone and are taking away from some of the GSW emergency depth. McAdoo is still behind a lot of big men: Draymond Green, Andrew Bogut, Marreese Speights and Festus Ezeli.
Roadblocks aside, McAdoo looked like a player in Vegas, averaging 16.4 points, 6.0 boards, 1.8 assists and 0.8 blocks. McAdoo also attempted three shots from deep, so the Warriors are trying to expand his range. He didn’t settle for jumpers much and was elevating over his opponents throughout the event.
If McAdoo does get minutes due to a couple of those aforementioned bigs missing time, he’ll be worth watching. In his one game with more than 24 minutes last season, JMM scored 16 points with five boards, one steal and one block. He also might have some DFS value late in the year if the Dubs rest guys.
Kevon Looney, Warriors F - He wasn’t quite as good as McAdoo, but Looney was impressive. Like JMM, he was expanding his range in halfcourt sets and sat on the 3-point line at times. Looney said he’s working on that and he’s focusing on taking what the defense gives him.
In his 19.7 minutes per game in Vegas, Looney averaged 9.3 points, 7.2 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.5 treys. Looney is behind McAdoo for minutes right now and he does have a bigger injury risk. His upside is high for stat production, but the Warriors are too deep.
Aaron Craft, Warriors G - He led Vegas in gritty plays, but that was about it. In his six games, he averaged 4.8 points, 3.2 boards, 4.5 assists and 1.5 treys. Craft made just 27.8 percent of his two-pointers. That’s no bueno.
Matt Stainbrook, Warriors C - I was disappointed to find out Uber isn’t in Las Vegas anymore. Stainbrook was an Uber driver at Xavier and he said it’s fine to give cash tips to Uber drivers. Besides that, there’s not much here on his chances for minutes.
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