There's no question that the Warriors have experienced success through their first two Summer League games, having amassed a 2-0 record while outscoring their opponents by a combined score of 185-124. Their plus-61 point differential is by far the best in the Las Vegas Summer League; the product of timely offense, staunch defense and impressive teamwork.
As expected, the Warriors Summer League success has been dictated by the individual performances of key returning players. As of this morning, Klay Thompson ranks fifth in the Summer League (and second among players who have played multiple games), with 20.5 points per game while shooting a combined 10-of-14 from 3-point range. Thompson, however, will sit out the remainder of the Summer League as he is already in tip-top basketball shape after his time with the USA Select team
. Meanwhile, Charles Jenkins has not only provided the team with steady play, but he's also taken the game over at times. In Saturday's 95-74 victory over the Denver Nuggets
, Jenkins scored 24 points on 9-of-12 shooting, 13 of which came in the third quarter.
Charles Jenkins has provided the Warriors with steady point guard play on their way to a 2-0 start. (warriors.com photo)
While the returning players were somewhat of a known quantity, the Warriors didn't know what kind of production they'd get out of their new rookie threesome
of Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli, and Draymond Green. Ignoring the small sample size, the early returns have been encouraging. Barnes came out of the gate strong, scoring 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including 4-for-4 from 3-point land, in the Warriors dominant 90-50 opening victory
over the Los Angeles Lakers. The No. 7 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft
ranks seventh among rookies with an average of 18.5 points per game, and first in 3-point shooting percentage (6-of-6). Ezeli has given the Warriors exactly what they expected when they drafted the 6'11" 255-pound big man out of Vanderbilt, and perhaps a bit more. Having started both of the first two Summer League games, Ezeli ranks second on the Warriors in total rebounds (12) and first in blocks (three). Not to be forgotten, Draymond Green has been doing a little bit of everything for the Warriors, showing off his unique versatility. His 15 rebounds and four steals rank first and second on the team, respectively, and he has produced on offense as well with 7.5 points per game.
As we noted last week
, the Summer League has historically been the sight of some truly great performances from some under-the-radar players. While we've yet to see a record-setting performance like that of Anthony Morrow's 47-point game
three years ago, this Summer League season has still shown a lot of promise, and it's not over yet. A couple of free-agent names to keep an eye on: Justin Burrell and Joe Ragland
. Burrell ranks fourth on the team with an average of 7.5 points per game, while Ragland's defense and energy has provided a nice spark off the bench. Both players look to continue to impress with their play, and should get more opportunities to do so in the team's final three Summer League games.
Warriors coach Pete Myers on the teams' performance through two games of Summer League play.
While the Warriors are still a ways off from proclaiming this Summer League season a complete success, they're certainly off to a good start. They can take the next large step toward that goal on Wednesday when they take on the Miami Heat
with a chance to push their Summer League record to 3-0. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and not only can you watch the game on NBA TV and Summer League Broadband
, but you can also play the Summer League Fantasy Challenge
for a chance to win a Harrison Barnes autographed photo!