Let's see how the new guys look
So last years crop of free agents did disappoint somewhat but as BlueMan Hoop reminds us,
"It’s important to note that the Warriors only had 12 contracted players last offseason until they signed JaMychal Green on August 1. Their 14th player signed to the roster, Andre Iguodala, didn’t come until September 23."
Just saw this on Thinking Basketball:
Mike D'Antoni explains the origins of "small ball"
Checking in from Lake Como and I'm happy to see some strong early showings from the new guys. I'd caution against reading too much into any summer league stuff, but hey, have fun and overreact! I'd rather be delusional and eventually proven wrong than gloom and doom with the same (basically no) info.
On the free agent front, beggars can't be choosers, so I'm not gonna get too hung up and Saric or whoever.
Italy? Still amazing. These are our final few days so we are just chilling around the lake for a bit and being good tourists
Really liked what I seen from podz, that floater of his is money but I questioned it at the NBA level due to his quickness, but he seemed much quicker today then I expected and was easily able to beat closeouts to get to wide open midrange shots where he either did a floater or made on target reads, now let's see the off the dribble three point aggression and we have a player
> The Heat have told free-agent players like Malik Beasley, who agreed to a one-year contract with Milwaukee on Monday, that Miami is in a holding pattern before moving forward with its veteran-minimum signings, sources said. Other players like Josh Christopher, recently traded from Houston to Memphis, and Dario Šarić, who had a strong suitor in Golden State, could also be involved with Miami depending on these Lillard proceedings, sources said.
Did we see this already? This offseason is looking really lackluster if the Warriors strike out on Saric too.
Keegan Murray was the difference in this game. No way he belonged in this group, but them's the breaks. I must say the Warriors are a soft team. They've got no power players except when Looney is on fire. They always focus on the shooters. A guy like Quetta could make an enormous difference for us but I think Kerr is disinterested in the concept. It's all finesse with him, but with an older team, it be harder and harder achieve the glory as in past years. However, there were some bright spots in this game. The Podz is proving himself as a primary ball handler and passer with nice rebounding instincts ala DDV. Redheads are sexy. Then, there is Lester, the star of this game. He played within his game and was a steady presence and scorer. He seems ready for our bench. With these two players in hand, the Dubs knee jerked themselves into signing Corey Joseph. He takes a spot that we need for size.
Gui still needs time. His ceiling is very high but I don't think he will see much playing time with the team. Back to SC, probably. Kendric Davis is a spark plug but all wrong for our team. Jayce Johnson impressed me and I look forward to seeing more of his game. He looked. solid in 18 minutes. More pnr's with him and Podz, please. Reggie Perry is intriguing, too. -17 but played very decently. Need to see more of him. Mike, Sword, and Collins, all looked very decent off the bench. Surprisingly, the Warriors shot 47.8%fg, 42.4%. 3pt, 82.4% FT. Very respectable for their first outing.
There goes 7-0…
Whew, I don’t think I’ll ever go to another Summer League game as fun as that one. I had no expectations, but it was a special convergence:
- quite a big crowd for July 4 eve
- SAC crowd excited due to great season
- SAC *hates* GSW extra for beating them in the playoffs a couple of months ago
- just enough GSW fans to make it spicy
- Keegan Murray playing
- close game throughout
The crowd was playoff-intensity in the first quarter. They cooled off to mere regular season levels for the rest of the game, and always got up for the call-and-response “Keegan” “MURRAY”.
Podz and LQ playing well, Gui came through in second half.
Podz played pretty well with lots of nice passes, excellent energy on the boards, got into the paint more than you’d think. I think his play would be multiplied by having players around him who can play around his creativity and vision.
Podz body language was grouchy all game. There was one sequence in the 4th where he drove but the roller did not roll so he could receive the pass, so Podz had to just go. The next play Podz seemed to be frustrated and tried to fire a pass to the opposite corner through traffic for a pick-2.
I’ve already mentioned how solid LQ was. I was impressed.
Gui has a god of chaos thing going.
Wiseman's lack of actual experience before going to the NBA really hurt him. I think he'll develop into a solid competent big in a few years
Lester Quinones, the best part of the Wiseman draft?
7 rebounds for Yuri Collins.
Too bad we didn't get to see TDJ.
Lester's really improved, would love to see him on the big squad. Gui's a work in progress still, big gaps in his game. Podz was what I hoped for, and not what I feared most - yeah, bit slow, can't stay in front of guys (except Keegan Murray), but he has really good court vision, positioning, and hustle. Gotta re-learn when to launch the floater with the faster competition, but he can ball.
Who do you guys think will be the bust from this year's lottery?
Podz stat line coming more into line with how well he played in the last couple minutes.
12 points on 9 fga, 6 rebounds, 6 assists in 30 minutes.
Castleton got yammed on by JJJ? Well deserved. That's what you get for choosing LA.