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Warriors Summer League Grades: How four important young players fared

Warriors Summer League Grades: How four important young players fared

The Golden State Warriors entered the Las Vegas Summer League with an abundance of necessary curiosity.

With three draft picks and a second-year player on the roster -- combined with the uncertainty surrounding the team -- the offseason tournament provided a glimpse of what to expect from its young core in the upcoming season.

Now, with Summer League wrapped up, here are the final grades for four important young Golden State's participants.

Jordan Poole

The 2019 first-round draft pick struggled with his shot during the California Classic, making just four of his first 20 attempts through three games. However, he picked up his scoring output in Vegas, averaging 17.8 points, including a 12-point performance against Denver, helping Golden State overcome a 17-point deficit.

Poole also showed an ability to make plays, throwing a variety of behind-the-back passes, often getting teammates involved in the offense. If Poole can continue his upward offensive trajectory, he can compete for minutes on the floor.

While Poole showed flashes of potential, he did have some low points. Though he averaged 2.3 steals in Vegas, he struggled to get around switches, something that hindered him in college. In addition, despite the scoring outbursts, he shot just 40 percent from the field over his final four games.

Final Grade: B- 

Jacob Evans

Evans entered the Summer League hoping to reverse the ills of a disappointing rookie season. In his second Summer League appearance, he seemed to do that, averaging 16.3 points, 4.8 assists and 5.8 rebounds.

With Shaun Livingston no longer on the roster, Evans will have primary ball-handling responsibility when Stephen Curry and D'Angelo Russell are not on the floor. In Vegas, Evans played a lot of time at point guard and sometimes struggled against heavy ball pressure. Nonetheless, he showed an improved midrange game that could suit him well during his sophomore season.

Grade: B

Eric Paschal 

Lauded for his shooting, Paschal impressed during the California Classic, shooting 61 percent from the field, including an 18-point, 6-of-8 performance in a loss to the Lakers.

Golden State remains high on Paschal, despite the fact that he's a second-round draft pick, citing his toughness, IQ and defensive prowess as a reason he'll see playing time next season.

Grade: B

Alen Smailagic

The 18-year-old showed a bevy of potential, with numerous highlight-reel dunks during Summer League. In four games in Vegas, he averaged 8.5 points, adding 5.0 rebounds in 22 minutes.

For the Warriors, the Serbian is a long-term project worth an investment, evidenced by the fully guaranteed four-year, $4.3 million contract the team tendered last week.

In Vegas, Smailagic simultaneously showed why he's worth the contract while giving reminders of the work needed to get playing time. While he showed flashes with his dunks, he was frequently out of position for rebounds due to lack of strength.

Grade: C

Is Jordan Poole-Zendaya date happening? Warriors rookie says he's trying

Is Jordan Poole-Zendaya date happening? Warriors rookie says he's trying

Jordan Poole isn't about to give up on his dream date.

The Warriors rookie shot his shot five days ago, and now he's going to try to get that date with actress and singer Zendaya.

"We're about to see," Poole told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock at the House of Highlights camp in Hayward on Saturday.

Earlier this week, Klay Thompson's girlfriend Laura Harrier posted cute photos on Instagram of the couple in London. Zendaya, who is from Oakland, commented on the post.

That's when Poole slid into the comments and tried to score a double date with Zendaya.

Poole's daring ask definitely caught everyone's attention, though it didn't draw a response from Zendaya.

Poole spent a good portion of the week with Klay Thompson in Newport Beach at the Thompson Family Foundation Golf Tournament, but he didn't consult with the All-Star shooting guard on trying to set up the double date.

"Nah, it was a freestyle," Poole said.

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If Poole knows how he's going to lock down the double date, he's not divulging details. He played coy when asked for his plan.

"We'll see," Poole said. "We'll find out."

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Klay Thompson proclaims Warriors' championship dynasty 'far from over'

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Klay Thompson proclaims Warriors' championship dynasty 'far from over'

All the national pundits and talking heads have danced on the grave of the Warriors' dynasty.

With Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston gone, and Klay Thompson out for a large portion of the upcoming season after ACL surgery, most believe the Warriors' reign of dominance is over.

But Thompson isn't listening to the noise. The Warriors might be down, but they aren't out.

"The dynasty ain't over," Klay said Friday during the second annual Thompson Family Foundation golf tournament in Newport Beach, Calif. "It's far from over."

After five season atop the NBA mountain, the Warriors no longer are the favorites to win the title, and they will look vastly different this season.

At the beginning of the season, Steph Curry and Draymond Green will be flanked by newcomers D'Angelo Russell and Willie Cauley-Stein. Instead of Durant at the starting small forward spot, Warriors coach Steve Kerr might go with Alfonzo McKinnie.

Super Death Lineup this is not.

Making matters tougher for the Warriors is the improvement of other teams in the Western Conference. The Clippers, Lakers, Jazz and Rockets all made blockbuster moves over the summer, while the Nuggets and Blazers return teams that were top-four playoff seeds in the West last season.

But once Thompson returns in February or March, the Warriors will be able to close games with a lineup of Curry, Thompson, Russell, Green and Kevon Looney, who signed a three-year contract in the offseason.

[RELATED: Eight things Warriors need to do to make playoffs]

As Green said last week, no one will want to face the Warriors in the playoffs. That will be especially true if Thompson is 100 percent in April.

Durant isn't around anymore, but the dynasty isn't dead until Curry, Thompson and Green say it is.