The Warriors play their first game of the NBA Summer League on Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers in Las Vegas. This will be the first chance to see the Warriors’ new rookies Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green play in a real NBA game environment. Also, returning players Klay Thompson, Charles Jenkins, Jeremy Tyler and Chris Wright look to showcase the skills they’ve been developing over the past year. However, there are always surprises when it comes to the NBA Summer League. As we mentioned in
, numerous unheralded players will inevitably seize the opportunity and stand out as promising young professionals with an NBA future. Could one of those players be on the Warriors? Tune in to NBA TV and/or
to watch all of the Warriors’ Summer League action and find out for yourself.
Festus Ezeli and Dallas Lauderdale jockey for rebounding position at Wednesday’s Summer League practice in Las Vegas.
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In the mean time, here’s a closer look at the Warriors Summer League roster:
A two-year starter at the University of North Carolina, Barnes was drafted 7th overall by the Warriors in the 2012 NBA Draft. For his full bio, click here
A four-year player at Old Dominion, Bazemore averaged 10.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, and 2.7 apg for his college career. He is known for his defensive prowess, winning the Lefty Driesell Award as the Nation’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, a season in which he averaged 2.2 steals and 0.9 blocks per game.
As a four-year player at St. John’s, he averaged 8.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. A versatile, explosive frontcourt player, he earned Big East All-Rookie honors and NABC All-District second team accolades as a freshman. As a first year pro, he spent the last year playing for Yokohama BC in the Japanese professional league, winning league MVP honors after averaging 18.7 points per game.
A four-year player out of Vanderbilt University, the 6’11” Ezeli was selected by the Warriors with the 30th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. For his full bio, click here
The Warriors selected the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year and consensus First Team All-American with the 35th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. For his full bio, click here
The 6’3” guard out of Hofstra University is entering his second year with the Warriors. As a rookie, he averaged 5.8 points and 3.2 assists in 51 games. For his full bio, click here
Dallas “Fort” Lauderdale played four years at Ohio State, earning All-Big Ten Defensive Team honors as a junior in 2010, a season in which he averaged over 2.1 blocks per game. He most recently played for PGE Turow in the DBE League of Poland.
A junior college transfer, Ragland was a two-year player for the Wichita State Shockers. For his collegiate career, he averaged 10.0 points and 3.0 assists per game. This past year as a senior, he earned First Team All-MVC and was selected to the Most-Improved Team.
Robinson graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 2008 after his third year with the Titans. He averaged 13.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game for his collegiate career. He has earned two invitations to NBA training camps, and he played for the Los Angeles Defenders in the NBA D-League for the ’09-’10 season. Most recently, he played for B.C. Habikaa of the Israeli Super League, averaging 13.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
Sanders transferred to Fairfield University in 2010 after spending the first three years of his collegiate career at Boston College. In 2011-12, his lone season at Fairfield, Sanders earned First Team All-MAAC honors after averaging 16.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.
Harrison Barnes’ three-pointer is contested by fellow rookie Draymond Green. (warriors.com photo)
Sim, a 6’2” point guard from Portland, played four years at the University of Oregon. This past season as a senior, Sim averaged 12.2 points and 2.7 assists per game, garnering All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention honors.
Selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the 6’7” shooting guard out of Washington State is entering his sophomore season with the Warriors. As a rookie, he averaged over 12.5 points per game on his way to earning First Team All-Rookie honors. He was recently picked for the USA Select Team to practice with the USA National Team headed to the London Olympics. For his full bio, click here
The 6’10” center is entering his sophomore season with the Warriors. As a rookie, he appeared in 42 games, averaging 4.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. For his full bio, click here
Wayns went undrafted as an early entrant in the recent 2012 NBA Draft after his third year at Villanova University. The 6’2” point guard received Second Team All-Big East honors this past season after averaging 17.6 points and 4.6 assists per game.
Now that you’re more familiar with the players, use that knowledge to play the Summer League Fantasy Challenge
! For each of the Warriors’ five Summer League games, correctly predict who will lead the Warriors in points, rebounds and assists, and you could win a Harrison Barnes autographed photo! Click here to make your picks for Game 1