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Warriors' Summer League review: Festus Ezeli

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Warriors' Summer League review: Festus Ezeli

Festus Ezeli
- 611255lbs Center
- 2011-12Stats: 10.1 PPG (53.9 FG), 5.9 RPG, 2.0 BPG (junior season at Vanderbilt)
- 2012Summer League Stats: 4.4 PPG (36.4 FG), 4.0 RPG, 2.0 BPG

FestusEzeli actually took a step back statistically between his sophomore and juniorseasons at Vanderbilt. He averaged 13.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.6 bpg in 23.5 mpg inhis second campaign as a Commodore. In his final season in Nashville, his numbers dropped across theboard to 10.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.0 bpg in a fairly consistent 23.2 mpg. Yet theWarriors took him with the final 1st round pick because he is big, active, andraw.
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In fivesummer league games, Ezeli showed he was all three of those things, but notmuch else (yet). Ezeli averaged fewer points and rebounds than the 2011-12 Japan leagueMVP, Justin Burrell. Luckily for the Vandy product, the three inches he has onBurrell cannot be taught, whereas Ezeli can hope to pick up some of Burrellspolish.The 611center was a career 56.2 FG shooter in college, but only converted 36.4 ofhis attempts from the field in summer league. In college, his main source ofoffense was finishing around the rim on putbacks or drive and dishopportunities. So it makes sense that his game would suffer some in the moreme-orientated, less structured summer league environment.Thatexcuse does not hold for rebounding though. The big man collected four boards agame (5th on his own team). Extrapolating that out, he averaged 7.9 board per40 minutes which is 2.6 rebounds under the league average for NBA centers lastseason, according to Hoopdata.com. For the time he was on the floor, hisdefensive rebound rate was 15.9 and his total rebound rate was 11.0, whichare both drops from his 17.4 DRB and 15.3 TRB as a junior at Vandy.One bigpositive out of Ezeli was his defense. He averaged two blocks a game andconsistently challenged shots around the rim. He fulfilled the big and activepart of his billing along with the raw.Ezelinever played more than 23.5 minutes per game in college and barely cracked 20in summer league, so it is reasonable to expect that he will have a limitedrole on the 2012-13 Warriors roster as he continues to develop his offensive game.He is active, big and has six fouls, though, so dont be surprised to see himget some floor time this season.

Draymond Green reveals new Warriors banners, puts Noah Vonleh on blast

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Draymond Green reveals new Warriors banners, puts Noah Vonleh on blast

The Warriors' practice facility in San Francisco has a new look and Draymond Green is clearly a fan. 

On Saturday, Green posted a video to his Instagram story showing new banners of a montage to the team's 2016-17 championship run. One player who won't like the new images so much though is Blazers forward Noah Vonleh. 

Among the pictures in one of the banners is Green meeting Vonleh at the rim and rejecting him in Game 1 during Round 1 in the 2017 NBA Playoffs. In the video, Green says, "Alright Noah, watch out now," while laughing.

Because it never gets old, here's the video of the huge block. 

Kevin Durant has a little advice for heckling college student: 'Get a...'

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Kevin Durant has a little advice for heckling college student: 'Get a...'

The barbs won't stop.

Even after Kevin Durant won an NBA title with the Warriors, fans won't let him forget that he left the Thunder to join the best team in the NBA.

On Saturday, a fan from New Zealand wondered if Durant was set to join his college team, which, according to him, started its season 7-0.

Durant clapped back, offering advice for the young man.

The fan wasn't done.

"What do we have to do? Be the most dominant team in the league and beat you the year before? Or do you want us to blow a 3-1 lead?" Twitter user Morgan Tiare wrote back.

Durant got the last word.

The NBA Finals MVP is clearly having fun responding to Twitter trolls this offseason.