The Golden State Warriors may not have had a pick during the NBA Draft on Thursday, but are definitely looking into the undrafted free agent market.
Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group, citing various sources, laid out some names that will be on the Warriors’ roster during summer league action, which begins early next month in Orlando:
- Orlando Johnson
- Aaron Craft
- Travis Bader
- Walt Lemon, Jr.
- Davon Usher
- Kiwi Gardner
- Tyrus McGee
Johnson is the only one on the list with NBA experience. Drafted in the second round in 2012, he has played sparingly in two seasons with the Pacers and Kings.
The most interesting name is Craft, who spent four years at Ohio State and is a premier defender. He was the Big Ten defensive player of the year twice during his college career.
Bader seems to suit the Warriors perfectly, being that he is the all-time NCAA leader in three-point field goals made, playing for Oakland University in Michigan. He worked out with the Warriors prior to the draft and likes the team.
“Golden State, I went off my vibe,” Bader told the Detroit Free Press. “That was the one I had the best feeling.”
The best story out of the group has to be Gardner, who left two colleges, signed on with the Santa Cruz Warriors, and made a name for himself last season. Read more about it in this piece.
These players will sure learn a lot from summer league whether or not they make the team because they will be coached by Steve Kerr, head coach of the Warriors. Summer league squads are usually led by assistant coaches, but for a first year head coach like Kerr, it will provide an opportunity to get his feet wet.