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How seven former Warriors are playing for their new teams this season


How seven former Warriors are playing for their new teams this season

Following a complete roster overhaul and an absurd amount of injuries, the 2019-20 Warriors hardly are recognizable compared to the past few years.

The only remaining players on the roster from a team that went to the NBA Finals last season are Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Kevon Looney, Jacob Evans III and Damion Lee. Of the players that had moved on from the Warriors from last season, many of them have not seen any basketball action for various reasons.

That list includes Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and DeMarcus Cousins. Let's check in on the former Warriors who are currently playing basketball:

Quinn Cook: 14.6 mpg, 5.2 ppg, 41% FG, 32% 3FG, 1.8 apg

Cook moved on to the Los Angeles Lakers, as part of an improved bench to support the star-studded squad. So far in this young season, Cook has struggled to find consistency. After averaging 21 minutes per game in October, his playing time has fallen considerably to about 12 minutes in November.

Excluding two games where he combined to go 5-for-8 from long distance, Cook has struggled to find his shooting stroke from deep, making only four of his 20 3-point shots in all the other games combined. As Warriors fans know, Cook can be streaky at times, so more likely than not, he will grow accustomed to his new team and end up contributing primarily with his normally efficient shot.

Alfonzo McKinnie: 10.4 mpg, 3 ppg, 41% FG, 50% 3FG, 2.1 rpg

Zo was a late-cut for the Warriors once the team needed to find a roster spot for Marquese Chriss, and he quickly was scooped up on waivers by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The small forward started the season completely out of the rotation, but has since seen his role grow considerably.

A couple games ago, McKinnie played 30 minutes and scored 14 points while going 3-for-6 from deep. Last season with the Warriors, McKinnie started red-hot out the gate, and then injuries and inefficient shooting derailed his overall play as the year went along.

He will try to improve on his consistency in a growing role with the Cavs.

Jordan Bell: 8.3 mpg, 4 ppg, 53% FG, 3.7 rpg

Bell only has played six games so far this season as he has dealt with injuries throughout training camp and into the first weeks of the season. His minutes mostly have come in garbage time situations for the Timberwolves, but he has performed well in his limited playing time.

It will be hard for him to crack the rotation for a team that has a solid frontcourt, but Bell has the potential to be an electrifying bench piece if given the right set of circumstances.

Damian Jones: 16.9 mpg, 6.2 ppg, 66% FG, 3.6 rpg, .8 bpg

Out of all the bench pieces that currently are playing, the Warriors might miss Jones the most to start the season. In five of the 13 games he has played, Jones has shown off his normal athletic, bouncy talents for the Hawks. He even has hit two of four shots from 3-point range this season.

In November, he is averaging nearly 20 minutes per game and his playing time is rising. The Warriors also are happy with Omari Spellman, whom they acquired for Jones, and it seems like it has been a win-win trade for each team.

Marcus Derrickson: (G League) 26.6 mpg, 15 ppg, 45% FG, 33% 3FG, 6.3 rpg

The former Warriors two-way player has played four games for the College Park Skyhawks of the NBA G League. The 6-foot-7 power forward out of Georgetown will try to earn his way back to the NBA, and will have to do so by being a small stretch-four that can hit shots from deep consistently.

Jonas Jerebko: (EuroLeague) 19 mpg, 8.9 ppg, 50% FG, 36% 3FG, 3.3 rpg

After playing so well to start the season for the Warriors, Jerebko's game fell off considerably in the second half. After not receiving any NBA offers of his liking, Jerebko instead went overseas to Moscow and now plays for Khimki of the EuroLeague. 

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Andrew Bogut: (NBL Australia) 22.8 mpg, 7.9 ppg, 52% FG, 10.2 rpg, 1.2 bpg

Bogut returned to the NBA to help a depleted Warriors team compete in the playoffs last season after playing 28 games for the Sydney Kings in Australia. He returned back to his homeland to play for the Kings this season, and will have the option once their season is done to get picked up by an NBA team yet again.

With the Warriors in a rebuilding year, it is highly unlikely there will be a reunion this season.

Jordan Bell praises Draymond Green, Warriors' culture at T-Wolves presser


Jordan Bell praises Draymond Green, Warriors' culture at T-Wolves presser

Jordan Bell was blessed with a pretty ideal situation for a second-round pick who clearly needed a lot of development coming out of college, especially on the offensive end. Not only did the Warriors draft the Oregon product days after winning an NBA championship, but Bell also became a teammate to one of the NBA's most-heralded competitors in Draymond Green.

Bell left Golden State this summer to sign a guaranteed contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he made sure to reflect on all he learned in his two seasons with the Warriors as he was introduced to reporters in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Bell averaged 3.9 points and 3.1 rebounds while making 16 starts over two seasons with the Warriors. In what was a complete offseason overhaul, Bell was one of the team's salary-cap casualties. He, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, and Quinn Cook are no longer Warriors after general manager Bob Myers executed a sign-and-trade with the Brooklyn Nets for D'Angelo Russell in the wake of Kevin Durant's departure. 

Draymond's game also appears to be serving as a model for what Bell hopes his role can be with Minnesota in the upcoming season. 

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“So I think if I have that same mentality like Draymond,” Bell told the Pioneer Press, “just make everybody around me better, bring that intensity every single day, be the vocal guy every single day, every play talking, being a dog on the floor every single time, being the toughest (guy) on the floor. I think that’s going to help me be very successful.”

Despite his short tenure in the Bay, Bell made sure to thank the organization and its fans on his way out through on his Instagram account.

NBA rumors: Eric Paschall signs fully guaranteed contract with Warriors

NBA rumors: Eric Paschall signs fully guaranteed contract with Warriors

The Warriors selected Eric Paschall with the No. 41 overall pick in last month's NBA draft.

On Monday morning in Las Vegas, he put pen to paper:

On Tuesday night, we learned the specifics of his contract:

This means that Paschall is scheduled to become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2022.

Paschall's deal is a bit different than those of his predecessors. Golden State's last two second-round picks -- Pat McCaw and Jordan Bell -- signed two-year contracts with the Dubs.

Paschall missed Golden State's last two NBA Summer League games because of a bruised tailbone. On Monday night, he told NBC Sports Bay Area that he's feeling better and expects to play in the team's next game Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. PT.

The 22-year-old played very well in the prior two contests:

  1.  July 2 vs. the Lakers: 18 points (6-for-8 FG, 2-for-2 3s), three rebounds, assist, steal, block
  2.  July 5 vs. the Hornets: 12 points (4-for-9 FG, 1-for-4 3s), five rebounds, four assists

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As a senior at Villanova, Paschall averaged 16.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest.

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