The Warriors return from Las Vegas flying high after an undefeated Summer League performance. Guided by Warriors' assistant coach Pete Myers, Golden State notched victories over the Los Angeles Lakers (90-50)
, Denver Nuggets (95-74)
, Miami Heat (65-62)
, Chicago Bulls (66-57)
and New Orleans Hornets (80-72)
on their way to posting the best record in Sin City. It was an encouraging sign for a young Warriors squad that made the best of an opportunity to build some crucial team chemistry, while not suffering a single loss along the way.
The Warriors won big in Las Vegas, going 5-0 in the 2012 NBA Summer League. (NBAE/Getty Images)
In case you missed any of our Summer League coverage, here's a brief recap of the Warriors' time in Las Vegas:
A Perfect Summer
The Warriors completed the Summer League slate with a perfect 5-0 mark, becoming the 10th team in Vegas Summer League history to go undefeated and the only team to do so in either the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas or the Orlando Pro Summer League this year. Overall, the Warriors have won seven consecutive Summer League contests and boast a 19-6 summer mark since 2007 (22-13 all-time in Vegas). After finishing the summer undefeated for the first time in team history, Golden State has now posted a winning record in Vegas in each of its last five trips to Sin City.
Beating The Best
The rosters don't look quite the same, but the Warriors can take a certain amount of pride in the fact that they beat the Summer League squads of four 2011-12 playoff contenders, including the Lakers, Nuggets, Bulls and the NBA champion Heat, teams that posted a combined 171-93 (.648) mark last year.
'D' In The Desert
The Warriors outscored their summer foes by an average of 16.2 points, 79.2 to 63.0, including victories of 40 and 21 points, holding all opponents to less than 75 points. Golden State held the opposition to 33.3 percent shooting and just 24.6 percent from long range this summer, while forcing 19.6 turnovers.
The Warriors blocked a team-record 29 shots in five games in Vegas, led by 10 from rookie Festus Ezeli. Kent Bazmore finished with seven blocks--all of which came on July 20 vs. Chicago (including six in the first half), the most ever by a Warrior in a single summer contest.
After practicing with Team USA as part of the USA Select Team, Klay Thompson played in two Summer League games for the Warriors, averaging 20.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.50 steals and 1.50 blocks in 29.5 minutes while hitting 14-of-27 (.519) from the field and 10-of-14 (.714) from three-point range. Thompson set a new Warriors Summer League record in three-point percentage (.714).
JENK ON IT
Charles Jenkins finished the summer with averages of 14.2 points, 2.8 assists, 1.4 rebounds and 1.60 steals in 27.8 minutes, inspiring the twitter hashtag #JENKONIT in support of his role as the starting point guard on the only undefeated team in Vegas. Jenkins wouldn't mind if his shooting display became a trend, as he hit 51.2 percent from the field (22-of-43 FG) and 96.4 percent from the foul line (27-of-28 FT), connecting on 27-straight free throws after missing his first attempt.
Seventh overall pick Harrison Barnes finished Summer League with averages of 16.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.80 steals in 33.6 minutes, hitting 57.1 percent from long range (8-of-14 3FG). Barnes played a total of 168 minutes, tying him with Stephen Curry (2009) for the most minutes logged by a Warrior in a single summer.
EZELI DOES IT
The 30th overall pick, Festus Ezeli, tallied averages of 4.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.00 blocks in 20.2 minutes. The Vanderbilt grad posted three-plus blocks in three games and his 10 blocks represent the third most by a Warrior in a single summer.
The 35th overall pick, Draymond Green, led the Warriors in rebounds, hauling in 7.6 boards to go with 6.4 points, 1.6 assists and 1.40 steals in 25.9 minutes. In his lone start on July 20 vs. Chicago, Green tallied a Warriors Summer League best 11 rebounds, just the 15th double-digit rebound performance in team Summer League history.
While the Warriors made sure to take care of business on the court, they rewarded themselves with some fun off of it. From magic carpet rides
to singing with the King
, the Warriors jumped on the opportunity to see all that Las Vegas has to offer. Check out the videos below for some behind-the-scenes access of the team's time in the entertainment capital of the world.