Reggie Williams scored 22 points to lead the Golden State Warriors in the Las Vegas Summer League to an opening-night win over the New Orleans Hornets, 77-76, on Friday.
Williams, the D-League refugee who played his way into the Warriors' plans for the 2010-2011 season, took the long way to his 22 points. He made just eight of 23 field goal attempts in a little over 36 minutes of action. He was two-for-three from behind the three-point line.
The 6'6" Williams hopes to earn minutes during the regular season as the Warriors search for answers at the small forward spot.
Brandon Wright played well, returning from the injury that sidelined him last season. He had 18 points, six rebounds and three blocks in 31 minutes. The former first round draft pick had a game-high five turnovers, too.
Power forward Andre Brown, who played at DePaul and spent last season playing professionally in Syria, grabbed 10 rebounds to get the attention of Warriors officials who are looking for big bodies to pound the boards. He had seven rebounds in just over seven minutes in the first half.
Brown, a 28-year-old who can also play center, is considered a good shooter, but his two-for-six effort from the field needs to improve if he's going to get a camp invitation.
The Warriors got a good effort from 25-year-old point guard Ben Woodside, who scored 11 points. He's a 5'10" former North Dakota State star who played in France in 2009-2010.
With first round draft pick Epke Udoh sidelined with a wrist injury, the Summer League roster is made up primarily of players hoping to earn an invitation to training camp. Wright and Williams are the only players on the summer roster who seem assured of roster spots for the NBA 2010-2011 season.
Stephen Curry is not on the Warriors' summer roster, but there are reports out of Las Vegas that he will play in two or three games for Golden State's team.
** Denver clobbered Dallas on Friday night, 88-70, but former St. Mary's star Omar Samhan made his debut for the Mavericks. The center had four points, seven rebounds, and one blocked shot in 18 minutes.
Ted Sillanpaa is a Northern California sports writer and columnist. Contact Ted at firstname.lastname@example.org