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Starting Five at Summer League

The Warriors will have a summer league team worth watching considering this potential starting lineup:

PG – Stephen Curry
SG – Anthony Morrow
SF – Anthony Randolph
PF – Rob Kurz
C – Jermareo Davidson

Note: PG C.J. Watson and PF Brandan Wright are not playing. I doubt if Marco Belinelli plays. It’s usually just for rookie and first-year players. They could if they wanted to (Patrick O’Bryant played three years, I think), but they have nothing more to prove.

Marcus Thompson

  • JT

    Perfect time to roll out to Vegas….

    I’m glad we’re keeping Curry, he was the #2 player in this draft! Perfect compliment to running and gunning….I think the Warriors have made it through another day without screwing anything up!

    We’re like 12 steppers as Dub fans, one day at a time.

  • ALsMouthGuard

    Should be fun to watch. Wish I could head out there, hopefully the streams are good.

  • johnfree

    I am very excited about the guys that are showing up, but very bummed about BWright not showing up.

    In terms of NBA mileage, Wright is basically a first year player, and I think the dude has a lot to prove considering the difference between his expectations and the basically ZERO impact he has had on the W’s in his two(?) years.

    I want to like him, but I’m falling off the BWright bus.

  • petaluman

    There’s no restrictions on who can play. I thought they might send BW so he and Randolph could practice playing together, or Law just to get some work in the system.

    I think Speedy Claxton played some SL last year in an effort to convince the Hawks that he was ready to contribute. He didn’t end up playing the regular season until the last 2 games, however. Any word yet on his plans, Marcus?

  • Marcus Thompson

    Petaluman,

    From what I heard, Speedy will try to play, but few have confidence he will be able to. From everything I’ve heard, he’s done even if he doesn’t know it yet. Remember, he could be bought out and let go.

  • Mopeddler

    Marcus,

    If speedy is bought out doesn’t that mean the money will be pocketed? Especially since the potential impact of the contract to benefit the cap won’t be realized. Can they hold his rights and include him in a trade in a few months?

    JohnFree

    Statistically speaking BW is one of the best contributors on the team. The limiting of his minutes (besides injury) is almost inexcusable. His leash was too short, but we may never know until he plays on another team. With Randolph at the four it is almost a moot point. Obviously people are clamoring for an all-star (I am a Beans fan), but the unsung storyline is the need for a big, backup power forward (Bass, Anderson anyone?). I say build up with the reliable, and upgrade steadily.

    The Warriors are not the Lakers or the Celtics, and the fans should not expect a trade handout of all-star caliber players. Homegrown are the best kind anyways.

  • A’s in 2009
  • petaluman

    Marcus,

    Thanks for your response. He could also be a 5.2M expiring contract, with a 4M cash payout – potentially valuable trade bait.

    For example, he could be combined with BW (2.7M) and traded for a 10M contract. The other team would get a 1 year tryout with Wright at a total cost of 4M, while shedding 10M for 1 year or more.

    I’m not picking on Brandan. Speedy’s contract could be used to supercharge any rookie’s trade value. I’m assuming that we are still looking to acquire a veteran forward. In this year’s money-conscious NBA, our most tradable contract could be for a player who can’t play.

    BTW, if he’s bought out, will the insurance company still kick in? My guess is no.

  • petaluman

    BTW, Kurz could play for the 76ers in Orlando and the Warriors in Las Vegas. He might miss a game, but he wouldn’t be the first player to play in SL for multiple teams.

  • A’s in 2009

    He won’t be back. You hear about Morrow, Randolph, Davidson working out together, if we had plans on keeping him he would be mentioned in the mix. He’s gone.

  • Nuck

    Marcus,

    If speedy is bought out doesn’t that mean the money will be pocketed? Especially since the potential impact of the contract to benefit the cap won’t be realized. Can they hold his rights and include him in a trade in a few months?

    JohnFree

    Statistically speaking BW is one of the best contributors on the team. The limiting of his minutes (besides injury) is almost inexcusable. His leash was too short, but we may never know until he plays on another team. With Randolph at the four it is almost a moot point. Obviously people are clamoring for an all-star (I am a Beans fan), but the unsung storyline is the need for a big, backup power forward (Bass, Anderson anyone?). I say build up with the reliable, and upgrade steadily.

    The Warriors are not the Lakers or the Celtics, and the fans should not expect a trade handout of all-star caliber players. Homegrown are the best kind anyways.

    For some reason this won’t post.

  • Fantom

    only possibility is optimism. In 20 years of season ticket holding this is the best since Weber-and before that spreewell. but without sarcasm, its a strong deep team and I’d rather they see wright than trade him. A rotating the guards of ellis, curry ,morrow and three big men of wright,biedrins,randolph could be quite exciting with enough minute to go around,less for Jackson which will make him far better, and enough perhaps for azubuike. Maggette not needed for firepower anymore nor bellinelli (sadly) and davidson and one of the point guards in case of injuries or warrior blowouts. trading two or even three for one better big player makes sense and then let them grow. too bnad mullin isn’t part of this. but itd a credit to nelson’s genius that we are in this place and soon free agents WILL want to play here again

  • Perry

    The thing with Marco and Brandan is that we really even’t haven seen them play significant PT…..’

    When given PT, we all remember that Marco was running the offense for the period of time he was in the game.

    He does everything we wish Mike Dunleavy could have done for us. By that I mean, he’s an offensive facitlitator, can do everything pretty well and looks comfortable on the court, largely because of his International experience.

    Brandan is our most closest thing to a low-post threat. Best case scenarion, Brandan Wright is Lamarus Aldridge……..games are similar, obviously Brandan’s length makes him play a little taller….defensively, I think Brandan’s better. Comes from UNC, good coaching, left college early obviosuly, but I’ve always liked his game.

    I had big hopes for these 2 guys…….they were the young group that came in in 2007-2008, after the playoff push…..I was excited at that time….of course, I just Marco and Brandan as additions to that time, already a deep team with BD, Monta, Al, Stephen, Mickael and Matt……..

    But still, I like both BW’s and Marco’s games for those reasons I highlighted above and throughout my posting career on this blog.

  • Perry

    Corrections on my grammar in the last post please………I was over-excited and rushing my post, you know how that gets, guys:

    even*
    haven’t*
    facilitator*
    scenario*
    obviously*
    “I just saw Marco…..”*

    Just another side note on the Wright, Aldridge dynamic, they’re both 70+ in FT%………obviously Brandan will just have to get some touches in any offense he’s in…..if he does, there’s no question in my mind that he can score around the basket and hit that little “bunny” (mid-range or less than mid-range shot) that he hits from the elbow and around.

  • son of ahmed

    A lot of astute comments about Wright on this thread. I think a lot of NBA scouts know Wright’s real value. Sadly’ casual dub’s fans and Wright’s coach doesn’t.

    I don’t know if Wright will ever be a starter, but he ge has the attributes to be a very valuable rotation player. His low post game, shot blocking abilities, and his ability to run the floor could serve the team well. Nelson doesn’t like wright’s game and will be happy to get rid of him. I think whoever trades for him will get him for pennies on the dollar.

    Why would he play in summer league for the Dubs? Right now his bags are packed and he’s waiting by the phone to find out where he’s headed.

  • earl Monroe

    Its too early to judge Brandan Wright, he sure looks like a player though

  • earl Monroe

    And we should all be thanking Minnesota right about now, Flynn over Curry?
    I fell out of my chair when I saw Rubio, then Flynn.
    I think the Minnesota GM outsmarted the wizards, then outsmarted himself.

  • JustPuked

    @Earl Monroe-

    Nailed it. Flynn’s ceiling is Aaron Brooks. Curry’s ceiling is Steve Nash.

  • Purvis Short

    I think you are selling Flynn short (not height).
    He is going to be a starting point guard that can run a team. The guy is a leader and he can handle and jump out of the gym. He may not be able to shoot like Curry, but he is very strong, should be a better defender, and we needed a point guard.
    Curry looked bad defending Mills when Davidson played St. Marys.

  • earl Monroe

    This is what makes this point guard heavy draft interesting, not that Flynn is not going to be a good player, he may be the next coming of Tim Hardaway, and in the NBA athleticism counts for a lot but in this case, I just like Curry better.
    The other question is-will Flynn be better than Randy Foye when its all said and done?
    I hope Flynn is the real thing, I like seeing small guards do well, makes the game
    exciting. By the way I loved watching Purvis Short.

  • MountainJim

    A lot of people had trouble guarding Mills, because he’s as quick as anyone in the draft. Curry also caused problems for St. Mary’s.

    The thing I like about Curry, from the six or so games I’ve seen him play, is that although he was a high volume shooter at times he rarely forced shots that he didn’t have a good chance of making and reacted well to what the defense threw at him. He seems to have a good head for the game.

  • Oregonguy

    I send my son off to an expensive college and he tells me “Dad! I saw every NBA game last year!” So apparently he’s getting an education in the NBA, hopefully in addition to what we’re paying for…However he loves that Summer line-up, says it could win that league. In addition–though it may be off-point here–he and I agree that after much reflection and analysis there is a point where the Amare trade becomes too much. If it is Biedrens, Bellinelli and Wright, it is worth a go. Two of those guys will not see a lot of playing time with GS so it is basicly Amare-for-Biedrens with a lot of money tied up. But it is Cohan’s money, not ours and the problem for me is how difficult–in a sea of 12 contributors–it is to figure out the best starting line-up. That means a deep team without stars and stars are what put you over the top. Amare’s a star, so if it is basically just Biedrens, and Cohan’s money, do it.

    If no Amare, I really like what Kirilenko could do for GS.

  • Gizzm

    Wright is a wuss and doesn’t have a NBA motor.

    Just wondering, if Bosh was offered for Andris, Belli, Wright and Curry, would fans support that trade?

  • wmcinema

    I am thinking 2 moves but after all the posts about trading with Phx. for Amare,I don’t think they would make the move I want with them and that is trading for Nash. we all know how Nellie feels about him and bringing him home for the finish of his career would be great. My other move is the one I really want to make and that is signing Paul Milsap.6’8″ 250 18PPG and 9 boards and a massive body to plug up the middle.
    Whatever it takes……

  • petaluman

    Marcus,
    Any word on Warriors SL signings? When will they announce the full squad? As I recall, they usually practice in Oakland a few days before heading out to Vegas.

    I just saw that the Jam has been resurrected, and will continue to be our NBDL affiliate. Unfortunately for them, we and the Clippers both had only 1 very high pick each. I’m not sure they’ll be getting any hype-worthy players sent down this year.

    I do like the idea of a minor league very much, though – we’re seeing a lot of skills-challenged players drafted these days. Has there ever been any talk of the Warriors picking up their own franchise, so that we can develop players to fit our system?

  • Marcus Thompson

    Kurz will not be on the roster. The Warriors did not tender him a qualifying offer, so he is an unrestricted free agent.

    Law will be on the summer league roster.

    They are announcing it tomorrow. There is one name that hasn’t been nailed down yet and they expect it to by tomorrow

  • CARtone

    Where will the summer league games be televised/streamed at???

  • alan

    Do you know if Davidson is signed for next season. The Chronicle made a comment to that affect but I have not seen anything else indicating that.

  • gkingus
  • earl monroe

    Who thinks the warriors will make a run for Marquis Daniels?

  • http://kenstuart.blogspot.com Ken

    Where does one find the streams, thanks !

  • bimboandmookie

    Rocky Mountain Review? This year?

  • JustPuked

    It’s a shame Wright and Belinelli aren’t on the Summer League roster. Nellie seems determined to trade them. This would have been the perfect opportunity for them to get meaningful minutes. At this point, Davidson seems to be ahead of Wright on Nellie’s depth chart. Any clarification on Brandan and Marco’s absence from the roster Marcus?

  • http://Yahoo! PeteyB

    Thanks Marcus!
    That SL roster could set the Vegas SL scoring record!!! Lots of scoring and entertainment. I’ll try to make a game or two!

  • deano

    Marcus: That SL lineup would 3/5 of a decent regular season squad;. Just sub Biedrins for Davidson at 5; move AR to 4; move Jack to 3; and keep Morrow and Curry at 2 and 1.

    Actually, if Curry can play the point in he NBA, I will be pleasantly surprised. It’s nice to hear Nellie compare Curry to Nash; but Curry has not yet shown that he can play the position, let alone be a star. Nash was a dominant point guard in college, as were all of the other players who became top NBA point guards in the last 10-20 years.

    Even if Curry does perform well at the point in the summer league, the Warriors should still be looking for a veteran point guard to run the team for the next couple of years. To get that vet, the Warriors may have trade either Curry or Ellis. That would be an interesting decision.

  • Drod

    when does the summer league start??