Poole's five Warriors to watch in NBA Summer League
Kerr's Opening Act
Steve Kerr's introduction to coaching comes Tuesday at Sierra Vista High School, where he will conduct the first practice for the Warriors' 2014 Summer League club. The vast majority of Summer League players never enter an official NBA game, but some do and this is their chance to follow in the footsteps of those who have. Vegas is where Kent Bazemore put himself on the map last summer. The Warriors will have an 18-man roster. Here are five players to watch.
The 6-5 shooting guard from Oakland University (Michigan) is the all-time NCAA Division I leader in 3-point field goals, surpassing the record held by J.J. Redick. Bader went undrafted last month, but anyone that shoots it as well as he does will find a job as a professional. The only question is which continent.
The 6-2 point guard from Ohio State had a solid college career as the floor leader of quality teams. He is best remembered for draining a game-winning 3-pointer in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. He went undrafted because most scouts don't perceive him as an NBA player. He, too, will have an opportunity to play as a pro, even if he has to go overseas.
The 6-11 center will be out of summer league action due to right shin inflammation. Ezeli missed the entire 2013-14 Warriors season while rehabilitating his right knee, which underwent reconstructive surgery after his rookie season. He resumed individual workouts in April, advancing to full-contact drills in May. Seeing him return healthy and productive is the team's No. 1 goal.
The 6-11 native of New Zealand showed considerable improvement at St. Louis University, exhibiting a willingness to scrap and a surprisingly good shot – even from beyond the 3-point arc. His showcase was a 22-point, 15-rebound effort in an NCAA Tournament victory over North Carolina State. He played all 40 minutes.
James Michael McAdoo
The distant relative of former NBA star Bob McAdoo was a consensus top-five prep player when he committed to North Carolina in 2011. After a relatively disappointing college career, he was projected as a second-round pick. The 6-9, 230-pound forward did not get drafted – a good athlete who doesn't shoot particularly well – and will be out to impress a team seeking quality size.