NBA Summer League Championship 2013: Breaking Down Warriors vs. Suns
In the title before the title, the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns will square off on Monday in Las Vegas for the rights to the 2013 NBA Summer League crown.
Sure, it may not mean much in the grand scheme of things, but try telling that to players fighting to be included in teams' plans moving forward.
Here's a breakdown of Warriors versus Suns, 2013 NBA Summer League Championship edition.
Forward Draymond Green, swingman Kent Bazemore, guard Cameron Jones, guard Ian Clark and guard Scott Machado have received the most minutes in the Summer League for Golden State (in that order).
While the Warriors as a whole are shooting 38 percent from the floor in the Summer League, they have gone 6-0 mainly because of their defense. They held the Charlotte Bobcats to 35 percent shooting in their 75-67 victory on Sunday. In fact, no team has shot better than 42.2 percent against them this summer.
It helps when you have a guy like Bazemore, who proved down the stretch for the Warriors last season that he could be counted on to make stops.
Meanwhile, the Suns haven't been the same defensive team as Golden State this summer. They've gone 6-0 mainly because of their offense. They shot 54 percent against the Miami Heat in their 91-89 victory on Sunday. They are shooting 49 percent in Vegas.
Part of that is because the Suns are playing three regular-rotation players in the Summer League—Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris and P.J. Tucker. They are also playing point guard Kendall Marshall and shooting guard Archie Goodwin, who was the No. 13 overall selection in last year's draft and the No. 29 overall pick in this year's draft.
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Bazemore has been very impressive this summer, but overall the Warriors can't match up with the Suns' offense in Vegas. The Suns have five players averaging double digits in points in the Summer League, while the Warriors have three (Bazemore, Green and Jones). And Green is shooting 31 percent from the field.
The Warriors have had success defensively with this group against, well, legitimate Summer League squads in Vegas. However, the Suns don't exactly have a Summer League squad out on the court. As bad as they were in the regular season in 2012-13, they still outclass the Warriors in talent as far as the Summer League goes.
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