Golden State Warriors: 4 Predictions for Kent Bazemore’s 2013-14 Season

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He Has A Bigger Role In the Offense

Feb 5, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors shooting guard Kent Bazemore (20) attempts to score a basket during the fourth quarter as Houston Rockets power forward Donatas Motiejunas (20) defends at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Most of Bazemore’s appearances during the 2012-2013 season came during possessions when the Warriors desperately needed a stop. Stephen Curry – even if he is the Second Coming – struggles to contain opposing guards on the perimeter, especially if Andrew Bogut isn’t on the floor to clean up the mess.

Bazemore and his 6’11” wingspan gave Golden State some much needed length beyond the arc, but his offensive deficiencies precluded keeping him in the game for longer than one possession at a time (he shot just 37.1 percent from the floor during the regular season, largely because of his insistence on taking contested mid-range shots that he had no hope of hitting).

As Bazemore has expanded his offensive repertoire to include a mid-range jumper, keeping him on the court for longer stretches of meaningful games will become less of a liability. Furthermore, if he continues to develop as a passer after running the point through the Summer League, Bazemore could easily become Curry’s primary backup over the course of the season, especially if Toney Douglas continues to underwhelm defenses with his career 40.7 field goal percentage.

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