Warriors' Summer League review: Festus Ezeli


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.

Klay must have one thing before every game or 'chalk it up as a loss for me'

Klay must have one thing before every game or 'chalk it up as a loss for me'

Klay Thompson is really good at basketball.

He's been an All-Star three straight years and was named Third-Team All-NBA the last two seasons.

What's the secret to his success? He recently talked about his preparation with CBS Sports:

"My approach to the game is a lot more caluculated now -- as far as getting my rest, recovery after a big workout. Balancing your life is essential; on the court, off the court -- it's huge.

"As a high school player and as a collegiate, I would just kind of show up and play. As a professional, I have a certain routine that is very regimented. If I don't have a gameday nap you might as well chalk it up as a loss for me. I have to have my gameday nap just to get my mind right, get a little rest, maximize your energy for the game.

"Whether it's the arena or the practice gym, we're always there. Don't get to see the light of day sometimes so it's very important for me to get outside -- get some sun, get some fresh air.

"You have to get your mind off the game. I'm really a simple man -- it could be just sitting outside reading a book or playing pool, playing chess, video games. I love to take my dog, Rocco, to the park -- just stuff to keep your mind active, or your body active and get away from baskteball.

"You need that balance in your life. You can't just get totally consumed by basketball and then it kind of wears on your happiness. You gotta have a certain balance so you are eager to go to the game every day, and your hungry to get in the arena and put on a show."

First thing that comes to mind: McCollum's six words to describe Warriors

First thing that comes to mind: McCollum's six words to describe Warriors

The Warriors ended the Blazers' season with a 128-103 victory in Game 4 on Monday night.

And Portland shooting guard C.J. McCollum now has some free time on his hands.

On Thursday, his flight got delayed, so he held an impromptu Q&A on Twitter.

One question asked: "First thing that comes to mind when u think of the Warriors?'

McCollum's response:

The Warriors averaged over 27 assists in the series and shot over 40 percent from 3-point territory.

Golden State has ended Portland's season each of the last two years.

McCollum was terrific in Game 1 (41 points) and Game 3 (32 points) but struggled in Game 2 (11 points, 4 for 17) and Game 4 (six points, 2 for 12).

Next season is Year 1 of the 4-year, $106.6 million contract he signed last summer.