The Golden State Warriors will be forced to explore all potential options at point guard if Jarrett Jack doesn’t return, and one of those options happens to be giving Kent Bazemore a trial run at the position. Stephen Curry, obviously, is penciled in as the starter, but Golden State received huge contributions from Jack, which probably aren’t replaceable.
Jackson: Big summer for Kent Bazemore … will have opportunity to be the PG in the Summer League.
— Kyle Bonagura (@KyleBonagura) May 20, 2013
Of course, Bazemore will showcase his potential skills as a point guard in a much less-pressuring environment. After all, he has never really handled the ball much at the NBA level. In his brief Warriors career, he’s been more of a defensive-replacement, being substituted in for a couple of possessions at a time. HIs lengthy frame and quick feet give him that stopper-like appearance.
Bazemore’s offensive abilities, meanwhile, need some major refining. He averaged just two points and shot 37.1 percent from the field. While those numbers are highly skewed by small sample sizes, the general “eyeball test” will conjure the same sentiment.
I wouldn’t look too far into this report as an indicative that Warriors management isn’t confident in their ability to retain Jack. Instead, it’s more of a worst case scenario plan incase Jack doesn’t return and they aren’t able to lure a backup point guard to the Bay Area.