Golden State Warriors: Summer League Roster, Key Storylines

Luis Batlle@lbatll1Contributor IJuly 12, 2012

Golden State Warriors: Summer League Roster, Key Storylines

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    The Golden State Warriors' 2012 NBA Summer League team is set to take the Las Vegas games by storm.

    Former Tar Heel star Harrison Barnes and the crew will begin their five-game schedule on Friday when they take on the L.A. Lakers. Barnes is a top-notch scoring threat who posted big numbers with North Carolina and is expected to do just the same at the next level.

    With a schedule that favors this squad, a motivated head coach in Mark Jackson and two top-notch draft picks, the Warriors will undoubtedly set the standard at these games.

    This is everything fans need to know about the Warriors' league schedule and roster.

The Guards

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    The Warriors may not have the most popular backcourt rotation at the Vegas games but there is a plethora of talent there.

    Frank Robinson is a defensive specialist at the guard spot and now has a golden chance to get into the league. The talent finished his career at Cal State in 2008 and has a chance to show coach Jackson his ability to lock down opponents.

    Charles Jenkins is another guard teams will have to reckon with. Not only does Jenkins bring it defensively, he is also a scoring machine. He averaged a whopping 22.6 points per game and shot 51.7 percent from the field in his final year with the Hofstra Pride.

    These are the six guards the team will feature at the summer league games:



    Years Exp.

    Joe Ragland



    Kent Bazemore



    Charles Jenkins



    Frank Robinson



    Garret Sim



    Maalik Wayns



The Frontcourt

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    This Warriors' frontcourt unit is no joke and will be playing some top-notch basketball at these summer league games.

    Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson will be forces to be reckoned with for the Warriors. Green averaged an impressive 10.4 rebounds per game in his senior season at Michigan State. Barnes led the Tar Heels in scoring at over 17 points per contest and will need to bring that same scoring talent to these games.

    With a year of experience in the league, there is no question Thompson will be one of the leaders of this team in Vegas.

    This the full frontcourt rotation for the Warriors; summer league squad:

    Harrison Barnes



    Justin Burrell



    Festus Ezeli



    Draymond Green



    Dallas Lauderdale



    Rakim Sanders



    Klay Thompson



    Jeremy Tyler



    Kyle Weems



    Chris Wright



Top Scoring Threat: Harrison Barnes

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    No Dorell Wright in Golden State means Harrison Barnes will be playing with a world of confidence.

    Wright was another talented SF that would have undoubtedly had to duke it out with Harrison for playing time next season.

    Barnes is a special scorer in his versatility and the solid numbers he posts. Whether it's slashing to the rim on a give-and-go, popping out for a mid-range jumper or creating his own shot, Barnes can score nearly every which way.

    In his final season with the Tar Heels, Barnes 17.4 points per contest and shot 44 percent from the field. Considering the degree of difficulty of his shots and the countless number of jumpers he takes Barnes shot an especially respectable percentage. 

    All eyes will be on Barnes in Golden State, and he will surely rise to the occasion under these bright lights.

Player to Watch For: Charles Jenkins

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    This player can flat out play on both ends of the floor, and it will be interesting to see just how much of an impact he can make on this team.

    Last season with the Warriors, Jenkins averaged a mere 5.8 points and 3.3 assists per game. Yet when considering he only played 17.5 minutes per game, these are some outright impressive figures. Jenkins proved he can be especially productive when called upon and undoubtedly has the talent to succeed in the league.

    This will be an opportunity for Jenkins to prove his worth as a starter for this team. Jenkins can get it done on both ends and that is exactly the type of talent Jackson is looking for. Expect big things from Jenkins in Las Vegas if he can bring the 'A' game that he brought last season.

Best Player: Draymond Green

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    Hands down, Draymond Green is the most productive player on the Warriors' roster.

    Although he might not have the talent of a Harrison Barnes, Green will light up a stat sheet from the minute he enters a game. Despite being listed as a SF, Green is truly an undersized power forward that can play in the paint as well as on the perimeter. He can shoot, drive, post-up and at times is just impossible to guard.

    In his senior season with Michigan State, the swingman averaged an impressive 16.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals and one block per game. Defensively this talent is as hard a worker as any forward from the 2012 draft class. He may not light up a stat sheet swatting shots, but his rebounding ability is second to none.

    He will bring this toughness and leadership to this team in Las Vegas and have the troops rallying behind him.

The Schedule

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    The Warriors will play a five-game schedule at the Las Vegas 2012 Summer League games.

    The team will kick off the schedule against the Lakers at Cox Pavilion, and will play three of its five games after that at the Thomas & Mack Center. All games will be televised on NBATV.


    This is the schedule for these Golden State Warriors in Vegas:

    Friday, July 13, 2012: vs. L.A. Lakers @ 5 p.m. PDT (Cox Pavilion)

    Saturday, July 14, 2012: vs. Denver Nuggets @ 3 p.m. PDT (Cox Pavilion)

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012: vs. Miami Heat @ 7:30 p.m. PDT (Thomas & Mack Center)

    Friday, July 20, 2012: vs. Chicago Bulls @ 5:30 p.m. PDT (Thomas & Mack Center)

    Saturday, July 21, 2012: vs. New Orleans Hornets @ 3:30 p.m. PDT (Thomas & Mack Center)

Record at Las Vegas Summer League: 4-1

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    The Warriors are easily one of the top teams in Las Vegas this summer and will make their impact felt at the games.

    A final contest against the most talented team in Las Vegas will be the only loss for the Warriors. Golden State will start off 4-0 and assert its dominance over significantly less talented rosters. A stacked frontcourt and underrated backcourt will be quite intriguing to watch at the games.

    The 4-1 record overall is something the Warriors will have to be proud of, and they should use it as positive momentum heading into next season.