Diamonds In The Rough

Thursday, July 19 (4:56 p.m.)
Submitted By Warriors.com


If you're an NBA Summer League aficionado, then you're probably well aware of the Summer League being a time of unexpected surprises. While it serves as a valuable time for NBA roster players to develop chemistry and hone their individual skills, it's also a great opportunity for free agents to grab the spotlight and earn an invitation to training camp. Whether overlooked in the draft or making a return from playing overseas, these free agents all have something left to prove. There's no better chance to showcase those skills than in the Summer League, where teams are constantly on the lookout for the next diamond in the rough. Laurence Scott examines this phenomena in the video below:


Historically, the Warriors have been adept at finding talent from unexpected sources in the Summer League. Could this year be more of the same? In the Warriors' first three games, there have been a few free agents whose performances have stood out. Justin Burrell and Joe Ragland, in particular, have seized the opportunity presented by the Summer League and made an impact with their all-around play and activity.

Could either of them be the next Warriors Summer League success story? Time will only tell. Until then, check out their interviews with Warriors broadcaster Tim Roye below and get acquainted with these promising young free agents.