Evaluating the Warriors' 2017 Summer League performances
Were goals met?
The Warriors went into the Las Vegas Summer League with several goals, at least one of which was met.
They desperately wanted to be pleased with what they saw from Oregon rookie Jordan Bell, and the Oregon product delivered at least as much as the Warriors could have hoped.
As for the other pertinent goals, well, they were barely met are not met at all during six games, four of which were losses.
Here’s a look what the Warriors hoped to see and what they actually saw...
Though the second-year center from Vanderbilt made his Summer League debut as pectoral surgery left him unable to participate last July. The Warriors wanted to see development at both ends, as well as a higher level of effective assertiveness.
Jones averaged 8.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks over 22.5 minutes per game. The 7-footer showed flashes but his determination and reaction time still left something to be desired. He was prone to committing fouls and often caught flat-footed while others -- including Bell -- were in hot pursuit of rebounds.
The Warriors, according to multiple league sources, had very defined goals for the 6-9 forward drafted in 2015: the wanted the UCLA product to be healthy and impressive in hopes of attracting trade offers.
That didn’t work out so well. Though Looney played in five games, averaging 6.8 points (44.1 percent from the field) and 6.4 rebounds, surgeries on both hips clearly hinders his athleticism. Though he occasionally makes an impact on the glass, it has become evident that his path to an NBA career will be steeply uphill.
The Warriors weren’t greatly concerned about his offense. They mostly wanted to see if Bell’s effective aggression in the paint carried over from his college days.
It did. Seeing the 6-8 forward average 9.0 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.0 steals, with 5.0 points (on 12-of-20 shooting). He danced on the stat sheet, posting a 5-by-5 game. He had a 16-rebound game and a six-block game. He put a smile on the faces of the coaches and the members of the front office.
Because he’s already a rotation player and spot starter, the Warriors had no urgent goals for the second-year guard. He looked like a veteran while leading the team in scoring with 20.0 points per game, on 45.6-percent shooting.
There wasn’t much of a test of McCaw, aside from maybe observing him in a leadership capacity. He seemed to do well.
Bryce Alford: There was some curiosity about the 6-3 guard from UCLA. His best asset is his shot, and he didn’t do particularly well: 9.3 points per game (38.1 percent from the field) while playing an average of 19 minutes.
Jabari Brown: There is Bay Area interest in Brown, an Oakland native that played college ball in Missouri and has spent the past two seasons bouncing about the globe and the G-League, formerly the D-League. He wanted to do enough to get a training-camp invite from any team, and probably will.
Dylan Ennis: The former Oregon guard had the single most exciting game of any hopeful: 35 points (including 8-of-11 shooting from deep), seven rebounds and three steals in the Summer League finale vs. the Clippers.