Kent Bazemore was one of the most popular Golden State Warriors last year. He didn’t play as much as David Lee, Andrew Bogut, or Harrison Barnes. He develop as much as Klay Thompson. He didn’t rise to stardom quite like Stephen Curry. But Bazemore burst onto NBA radars because of his constant energy and towel waving.
Bazemore was one of the best bench warmers in the league last season. He was a great team guy taking his rookie punishment like a champ. He was one of the players featured in the NBA 2k14 video game promo video, an accomplishment Luke Walton will never boast.
This season though, because of the departure of backup point guard Jarrett Jack and backup shooting guard Brandon Rush, Bazemore may actually be forced to make an on court impact. Bazemore averaged a mere, 2.0 points, 0.4 rebounds, 0.4 assists in 4.4 minutes of action. He played 61 games on the Warriors and 5 games for the Santa Cruz Warriors, the Dubs NBAD-League affiliate.
Bazemore is currently the Warriors backup shooting guard if you consider Toney Douglas to be the Dubs current point guard and not a shooting guard. Still expect Bazemore to be the Dubs third guard in behind Douglas, and first round pick Nemanja Nedovic.
In terms of production expect the Old Dominion product to average 4 points in 10 minutes of action this season. Bazemore scoring’s total should double from last season with slight improvements in his assist and rebounding totals as well. Basketball-referance.com per 36 projections for the upcoming season, believe Bazemore will score more than 16 points per game, grab more than 4 boards, and dish out three assists.
If Bazemore was to consistently play 36 minutes per game for the Warriors in the upcoming season, then the Dubs would struggle in the win-loss department, but whose to say games would be less exciting with the young highflying Bazemore on the floor.