Energetic bench warmer Kent Bazemore is a lock to make the Golden State Warriors roster. So are 13 other guys that have full salary protection in the upcoming season. That means that either the young Seth Curry or former USC center Dewayne Dedmon will be the odd man out when cut day rolls around.
Financially cutting either Dedmon or Curry has little impact on the Warriors cap. Dedmon is guaranteed to make $25,000 while Curry is guaranteed to make $75,000.
The winner for the final spot will not be the better overall player, Seth Curry, but instead will be Dedmon.
In terms of team need, Dedmon has an edge. He is currently battling with Bosnian rookie Ognjen Kuzmic for the third center postion. With Festus Ezeli out for at least the first month of the season and backup Jermaine O’Neal injury prone, the need for depth at the center position is more important.
Curry was a scorer in college. He averaged 17.5 points but only 1.5 assist per game in his final year at Duke while shooting 44 percent from three. Because of his limited stature, standing tall at only 6’2″, Curry will likely be more of a combo guard than a shooting guard at the next level.
He currently ranks sixth on the Warriors backcourt depth chart which very likely will make Curry the odd man out even though he shares a name with the team’s best player.
When asked about his thoughts on Dedmon, Coach Mark Jackson said, “He’s an NBA player. He’s a big guy who can shoot the ball. He’s got great instincts as far as shot-blocking and rebounding.”
By the sound of those remarks it seems like Jackson will elect to take the big man on the active roster and relegate Seth Curry to the Warriors’ D-League, the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Either way, expect both players to be spending far more time in Santa Cruz then in San Francisco. If you want to watch either on the court, the best time to watch is during the preseason because neither will see much game action when the games start to count for real.