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Mannion, Bazemore impressing Kevon Looney in Warriors camp

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We’re creeping closer to Saturday’s tip-off between the Warriors and Denver Nuggets in the 2020-21 NBA season preseason opener.

Wednesday marked Day 3 of training camp, meaning it’s scrimmage time for the Dubs. So, who’s been turning heads so far?

Big man Kevon Looney singled out rookie Nico Mannion and fan-favorite Kent Bazemore as two guys who have been performing well.

“Nico actually played pretty well today,” Looney told reporters. “He came in, got our team together and made plays. He’s really impressive.”

Mannion, a shifty point guard out of Arizona who signed a two-way contract, will be competing for minutes in a crowded Warriors backcourt. Veteran free-agent signee Brad Wanamaker is penciled in as Steph Curry’s backup, while Kent Bazemore, Damion Lee, Jordan Poole and Mychal Mulder likely are higher than Mannion in the pecking order as of now.

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Bazemore could also see time out on the wing as a backup to Kelly Oubre Jr. and Andrew Wiggins. The 31-year-old was known more for his goofy bench antics than anything during his first two NBA seasons with the Warriors from 2012-14, but he’s grown into a solid rotation player since then.

“He gets guys in position, he makes shots when he needs to,” Looney said. “He’s been a real good leader.”

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Everything is compacted in the 2020-21 season, so you have to wonder if the new guys are trying to find another gear in training camp to make good first impressions. The regular season is less than two weeks away and the Warriors have a lot of moving parts to figure out before then.

But we all know what to expect when it comes to Curry, the third guy who’s impressed Looney during scrimmages.

“Steph always gonna be Steph,” Looney said.