As October nears, the next big offseason step for teams will be the start of training camp, a time in which the most polished pre-season roster will be assembled and the team will practice as a whole. After a spectacular showing at the Las Vegas Summer League, it’s time to look at which of those players will get the invite to join the actual team. Obviously, this excludes players who are already on contract.
With the loss of Carl Landry this offseason, Goulbourne seems like a cheap replacement for the backup big. At 6’8’’, Goulbourne is just an inch shy of Landry’s height and would fill the gaps left by Landry and affording some much needed bench support for David Lee.
Goulbourne averaged the second most rebounds per game for the Warriors, trailing only Draymond Green. What should be noted is that Goulbourne 5.6 rebounds per game were accomplished in 17.9 minutes of playtime and Greens 7.4 came in 30.1 minutes.
The Vanderbilt product also scored 6.9 points per game on an efficient 54.8 percent from the field. He did have an issue with his free throws in the Summer League, as he shot just 16.7 percent from the charity stripe in Vegas, though the small sample size of just six free throws attempted should be taken into account. In the D-League, where he played 35 games for the Warriors affiliate, he shot 78.7 percent from the line.
Goulbourne is a known quantity. He is a guy that can get you some boards and some efficient points in short bursts. He has paid his dues in the D-League and is a worthy candidate to get the opportunity to move up in the league.
Cameron Jones, like Goulbourne, is also a contributor to the Warriors’ D-League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors. Unlike Goulbourne, Jones started every game in Vegas. The 6’4’’ guard 11.7 points on 49.1 percent shooting from the field, a very high number for a shooting guard. He shot 53.8 percent from beyond the arc, making seven of his 13 three-point attempts. Jones also displayed his proficiency on the other side of the court, averaging two steals in his 26 minutes of playtime per game. The Northern Arizona product also shot 90.5 percent from the charity stripe, making 19 of his 21 attempts.
Jones has logged two season in the D-League and this could be his opportunity for a call-up. The Warriors could fill out their backcourt rotation with a pure shooting guard as opposed to the combo guard Nemanja Nedovic. Jones has also displayed an ability to get to the stripe and his steals make him a player who can contribute on both ends of the floor. All in all, Jones is a safe pick up and will likely be the first, if not second player, to get the prestigious invitation.