Golden State Warriors: Odds of Each Sophomore Having a Breakout Year In 2013-14

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4. Kent Bazemore

Odds: 250-1

Jul 22, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Kent Bazemore looks to dribble past Phoenix Suns center Arinze Onuaku during the NBA Summer League Championship game at the Thomas and Mack Center. Golden State won the game 91-77 to remain undefeated during the Summer League games. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

As much of a fan of his bench celebrations as I am, I just can’t see this kid making it very high on the rotation this year.  At his best, he’s a decent defensive guard with some range on his shot.  He brings in a great work ethic and a lot of spirit.  He showed a lot of promise in Summer League this year, but that’s an entirely different beast from full-fledged NBA games.

Even in Summer League, he showed some of his fatal flaws on a few occasions. He has the ability to score, but he remains a pretty inefficient shooter and an average passer despite minutes at point guard.  He also seems fairly turnover-prone, a trait that’s pretty common on this team, but Bazemore doesn’t have the upside to compensate.

Additionally, he’s fighting against Toney Douglas for point minutes, already playing on a team that’s heavy on guards and wing players.  It’ll be tough for him to make significant appearances, much less develop into a breakout player.  The kid’s got promise or sure, but this won’t be his year.

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