Golden State Warriors 2012 Summer League Top Undrafted Free Agents: Fan's Review

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With six players on their roster with NBA contracts, the Golden State Warriors successfully went undefeated at the 2012 Las Vegas Summer League. From two initial blowout wins over the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets to three closer victories against the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, and New Orleans Hornets, a mix of drafted and undrafted players succeeded under coach Pete Myers.

Instead of focusing on the efforts of the six players under contract, there were three free agents in particular that had significant minutes during Summer League play. While the Warriors will likely not have a roster spot available for these players, these individuals were able to showcase their abilities to other teams while a member of the Warriors' Summer League team. While these players may not be signed directly following their showing at Summer League, a couple of the players on the roster could be invited to training camp to potentially earn a last roster spot.

Kent Bazemore

Statistics: 20.5 minutes, 8.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.8 blocks

After Klay Thompson made himself known as a player above the need to prove himself at Summer League, Bazemore stepped into the starting lineup alongside Charles Jenkins, Harrison Barnes, Jeremy Tyler, and Festus Ezeli. As an athletic wing player with a seven-foot wingspan, Bazemore was great as a help defender and even had seven blocks against the Bulls. With his athleticism and relentlessness, the Warriors should definitely consider bringing him into camp for his defense and potentially for future development as a member of the Warriors' D-League team in Santa Cruz. Particularly considering the time it will take for him to fully come back from his stress fracture from last year, Bazemore's ceiling is high and he will improve as a player over time.

Justin Burrell

Statistics: 19.2 minutes, 6.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.4 blocks

Although an undrafted free agent who last played professional ball with Yokohama in Japan, Burrell was one of the first big men off the bench behind Tyler and Ezeli. With a big body and a great motor, he did exhibit some talents on offense and defense. Out of all the players on the roster without a contract, Burrell would be the most likely player to end up on the roster if the Warriors missed out on free agent targets like Carl Landry and Kenyon Martin.

Joe Ragland

Statistics: 14.2 minutes, 5.6 points, 0.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.0 blocks

A successful player at Wichita State, Ragland displayed defensive intensity and was the primary point guard behind Jenkins. While he sometimes struggled with decision-making and shooting, particularly against Bulls rookie Marquis Teague, Ragland showed some skills in his time off the bench.


2012 Warriors Summer League Team, NBA

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Austin is a lifelong resident of the Bay Area, lifelong basketball fan and Golden State Warriors supporter, and a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow this contributor on Google+ and Twitter @_austinchang.

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