Warriors focus: Kent Bazemore

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Warriors focus: Kent Bazemore

Editor's note: This is the second of seven individual player analysis, focusing on new Warriors' faces.

The Warriors have made plenty of changes since the end ofthe 2011-12 season. They will likely have four first-year players on their rostercome the start of the season, and they also acquired veterans Jarrett Jack andCarl Landry.Center Andrew Bogut came to the Warriors in March, but hesa newcomer, too, if you factor in that he still hasnt played a game for theteam yet. With training camp set to begin in early October, lets begin ourplayer-by-player analysis of the Warriors new players.Kent Bazemore, 6-foot-5, 195 pounds, shootingguard.Whats most important to know about Bazemore -- at thispoint, anyway -- is that hes currently occupying the 15th roster spot, which isthe maximum number allowed in the NBA.Whats also very pertinent is that his contract isntguaranteed. That means that while the Warriors like Bazemore, there are noassurances hell be around for the whole season.Yes, theres a scenario in which Bazemore could spend theentire 2012-13 with the Warriors or their D-League affiliate, which is prettymuch what Chris Wright did last season.But Bazemore is also a candidate to be waived at any time --which is the nature of a non-guarantee.What Bazemore has going for him is that he has the potentialto be the teams best defender on point guards and shooting guards. That alonecould make him worth keeping around.Its not a secret that Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, theWarriors projected starting backcourt, do not excel at the defensive end.Jack will help on thatend of the floor, but its not like hes a defensive stopper.Charles Jenkins is certainly improving defensively, butwere still talking about a stocky, 6-foot-3-ish sized player who isntoff-the-charts athletically.Bazemore, a left-hander, is a long 6-foot-5, and hesathletic. On top of that, hes got a defensive foundation, he has goodinstincts and he anticipates well. Bazemore comes into the league afterwinning back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year awards in the ColonialAthletic Association his junior and senior seasons.Bazemore defended well for the Warriors in the Las VegasSummer League. He also averaged 1.8 blocks per game, including one game inwhich he had seven. Bazemores length sometimes gives smaller playersdifficulty, and in Vegas, he showed an ability to block shots from behind intransition.There were times this summer when Bazemore and Jenkinsplayed together -- with Bazemore defending the point guard and Jenkins theshooting guard.When you look at the Warriors roster -- top to bottom -- youcould see how a player such as Bazemore could stick around. After all, he hasthe ability to do something very important -- defending guards -- better thananyone else on the roster.You can see why the Warriors like that and like Bazemore,too. Then again, the Warriors liked Wright and Jeremy Lin and even DominicMcGuire -- and none of those players are still with the team.Still, Bazemore has a shot with the Warriors. Lets see whathappens.

Former UCLA guard to play for Warriors' summer league team in Vegas

Former UCLA guard to play for Warriors' summer league team in Vegas

Programming note: Watch Jordan Bell's introductory press conference on Friday at 1pm on NBC Sports Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

Now that the NBA Draft is behind us, it's time to look ahead to NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

It's safe to say that Jordan Bell -- the player the Warriors paid $3.5 million for to select at No. 38 overall -- will be suiting up in Sin City.

And one of his teammates will be a guy he competed against in the Pac-12.

Bryce Alford will play for the Warriors in Vegas, he tweeted on Friday morning.

The UCLA product averaged 15.5 points and 2.6 assists per game for the Bruins last season, while shooting 43 percent from deep.

He made 116 3-pointers.

Against Colorado on Jan. 12, he scored 37 points on 9-for-14 from distance.

The Warriors open their summer league slate on Saturday, July 8 at 7:30pm against the 76ers.

They play the Cavs on Monday, July 10 at 5:30pm, and the Timberwolves on Tuesday the 11th at 5:30pm as well.

Then, the tournament begins...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

A behind-the-scenes look at Jordan Bell's NBA Draft party

A behind-the-scenes look at Jordan Bell's NBA Draft party

Programming note: Watch Jordan Bell's introductory press conference on Friday at 1pm on NBC Sports Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

With the 38th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls select ... Jordan Bell.

But the Bulls didn't truly make the pick, because the Warriors paid Chicago $3.5 million for the rights to the big man from Oregon.

Bell hosted an NBA Draft watch party on Thursday, and the house was full of family and friends.

The folks at GazettesSports.com chronicled the whole thing in the video below.

Bell handed out gifts -- some of his college jerseys.

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The guests in attendance erupted (and even made it rain) when deputy commissioner Mark Tatum announced his name.

Bell then told everybody to be quiet, and he explained how Golden State traded for him.

The place went wild.

Bell then danced to E-40's "Tell Me When To Go."

Enjoy...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller