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Kevon Looney: Warriors training camp profile

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Kevon Looney: Warriors training camp profile

The Bulls did it twice, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way. The Lakers accomplished it once, behind Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. In the 42 seasons since the NBA-ABA merger, those are the only franchises to win three consecutive NBA Finals.

When the Warriors come together for training camp on Sept. 25, their goal is to become the third.

Here is a look at those players with guaranteed roster spots.

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Player: Kevon Looney
Position: Center/forward
Height/weight: 6-9, 220
College: UCLA
Age: 22
Salary: $1.57M (one-year minimum deal, guaranteed, per Spotrac)
NBA 2K Player Rating: 71

2017-18 in review: The Warriors had no idea what to expect from Looney, who spent his first two seasons fighting through multiple hip surgeries. But he used his first fully healthy summer to grind himself into terrific shape. The result was the youngest player on the roster coming in and, over the course of the season, proving he is capable of playing of big minutes at significant times. The uncertainty has faded. Looney is an NBA player.

Key stats: 66 gams (four starts), averaging 4.0 points (58.0 percent FG, 54.5 percent FT), 3.3 rebounds, 13.8 minutes.

Season highs: Points (13), rebounds (11), blocks (six), assists (three), minutes (30).

2018-19 outlook: With new acquisition DeMarcus Cousins expected to rehab well into the regular season, there is open competition at center that includes Looney. Though he’s likely to earn some starts at center, he’s more likely to be used as a reserve big man in a small lineup. His offense has been spotty, but there is reason to anticipate improvement. He’s smart and operates well within the team’s switching defensive schemes, gaining the trust of his teammates. As long as he is healthy, though, Looney will get minutes.

Shaun Livingston: Warriors training camp profile

Shaun Livingston: Warriors training camp profile

The Bulls did it twice, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way. The Lakers accomplished it once, behind Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. In the 42 seasons since the NBA-ABA merger, those are the only franchises to win three consecutive NBA Finals.

When the Warriors come together for training camp on Sept. 25, their goal is to become the third.

Here is a look at those players with guaranteed roster spots.

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Player: Shaun Livingston
Position: Point guard
Height/weight: 6-7, 192
College: None (Drafted from Peoria (Ill.) Central High in 2004, fourth overall)
Age: 33
Salary: $8.31M (Year 2 of a three-year contract valued at $23.69M, per Spotrac. Year 3 has a partial guarantee that allows the team a 2M buyout.)
NBA 2K Player Rating: 75

2017-18 in review: After two seasons with one of the deadliest midrange jump shots in the NBA, Livingston dropped from automatic to merely good. Yet he remained among the team’s steadiest performers, avoiding long periods of low production. There are slight signs of defensive decline, mostly reaching -- and catching needless fouls -- to compensate for diminishing quickness. Despite that, he excelled was in the Western Conference Finals and was phenomenal in the NBA Finals.

Key stats: 71 games (seven starts), averaging 5.5 points (50.1 percent FG, 82.0 percent FT), 2.0 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 15.9 minutes per game.

Season highs: Points (16), assists (seven), rebounds (seven), steals (three), blocks (three), minutes (25, twice).

2018-19 outlook: Knowing his 2019-20 contract is only partially guaranteed, Livingston’s goal is retaining the ability to provide a dimension few other PGs can offer. His length allows him to shoot over most defenders and also go inside and score on the block. Never has their been a question about his professionalism. He’s a low-maintenance veteran, a cool head and someone coaches and teammates can count on. His value is attached to his production in 15-20 minute spans. He’ll also be called on to help tutor rookie Jacob Evans III.

Damian Jones: Warriors training camp profile

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Damian Jones: Warriors training camp profile

The Bulls did it twice, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way. The Lakers accomplished it once, behind Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. In the 42 seasons since the NBA-ABA merger, those are the only franchises to win three consecutive NBA Finals.

When the Warriors come together for training camp on Sept. 25, their goal is to become the third.

Here is a look at those players with guaranteed roster spots.

10TH IN A SERIES

Player: Damian Jones
Position: Center
Height/weight: 7-0, 240
College: Vanderbilt
Age: 23
Salary: $1.54M (Year 3 of three-year rookie contract worth $4M. Team has until Oct. 31 to pick up his fourth-year option worth $2.31M)
NBA 2K Player Rating: 69

2017-18 in review: For the second year in a row, Jones remained mostly in the development stage, spending far more time playing with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors than with Golden State. He was a massive presence in some games, barely a factor in others. The Golden State staff and front office debated his progress, but never declared him ready to take playing time from their trio of veteran big men. He made 15 NBA appearances, playing a total of 89 minutes.

Key stats (G-League): 45 games (45 starts), averaging 15.0 points (68.1 percent FG, 69.7 percent FT), 8.1 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, 2.1 assists.

Season highs (G-League): Points (29), rebounds (16, twice), blocks (six), assists (six), minutes (40).

2018-19 outlook: After two seasons wondering what Jones can provide at the NBA level, this is the year the 7-footer will be given every chance to show he has something to offer. A superior athlete with a solid work ethic, Jones has been tasked with filling the role vacated by JaVale McGee. That means making an impact above the rim at both ends. If Jones can contribute off the bench and hold his own when making spot starts, the Warriors will have good reason to believe the 2016 first-round pick has a future in the league.