NBA Draft 2013: Notable undrafted players that could appear in summer league or D-League

Andy Lyons

With the 2013 NBA Draft completed, the Warriors are back where we expected them to be prior to the draft: finding an undrafted diamond in the rough for summer league or the Santa Cruz Warriors. While the Warriors have already released a preliminary summer league roster, here are some other names to keep an eye on.

Both Keith Schlosser of Ridiculous Upside and Scott Schroeder of SB have taken stock of the top undrafted 2013 NBA Draft prospects, including one player that figures to have some shot of landing in Santa Cruz.

Seth Curry, Duke (G, 6'2")

There's been quite a bit of talk about the younger Curry on this site and Schlosser would be shocked if he didn't find a NBA home for training camp and eventually the D-League.

What may prove to be more of a shocker, however, is if the guard doesn't catch on with an NBA team in time for training camp...his defensive footwork needs work. What's more, not much of a distributer, Curry stands as an undersized shooting guard. Given his potential, however, it wouldn't be surprising to see him go through training camp with an NBA team, only to catch on with their D-League affiliate after not making the cut. Could spending training camp with his brother before donning a Santa Cruz Warriors uniform be an option for the younger Curry?

The question might be whether Seth would want to play so close to Stephen's shadow, that would follow him almost anywhere he went: as Brandon McClintock of Bay Sports Net observes, while the younger Curry was at Oracle Arena during the Warriors' playoff run, he did avoid Davidson in college to try to make his own name.

Matthew Dellavedova, G (St. Mary's, 6'4")

Schroeder mentioned local WCC star Dellevedova in his piece and although he has signed with the Orlando Magic it's not uncommon for players to play in the summer league they host and then catch on with a team in Vegas.

The Aussie point guard made a ton of big shots and showcased his great passing and high basketball IQ on numerous occasions throughout his career. He likely wasn't ever a draft candidate for many teams due to his lack of athleticism, but he could prove his looks are deceiving by latching onto an NBA team this summer.

And he has a prominent advocate within the Warriors organization.

Myck Kabongo, G (6'1", Texas)

The hype surrounding Myck Kabongo when he in enrolled in college apparently vastly exceeded his draft stock, but Schlosser mentions him as the type of playmaker who could spend a brief stint in the D-League before finding his way onto a NBA roster.

...should an NBA team decide now is ultimately not Kabongo's time, he could bring his fiery quickness to the D-League.

Just how much time he would spend there, however, remains to be seen. With a versatile offensive game, Kapongo likes to drive through the lane before deciding to take it to the hole or instead dish it out to an open teammate. He has potential and relatively solid instincts, so it would be interesting to see how such skills translate to the D-League and/or NBA level.

Amar over at SB Nation's SLC Dunk really liked this guy and it will certainly be interesting to see how he pans out.

Jackie Carmichael, F (6'9", Illinois State)

We've already discussed Carmichael previously and Schroeder listed him as a guy who probably should've been drafted.

Carmichael wasn't expected to be a first-round pick, but the rugged power forward should've been selected somewhere in the second round. His age and lack of polish on the offensive end held him back, but bigs with great motors that know how to rebound and finish above the rim usually find a way to make good money playing professional basketball.

There are rumors that Carmichael has been signed but as of this afternoon it wasn't clear exactly where he has signed or whether he would still be available for Vegas Summer League.

Despite the concerns, there's a lot to like about Carmichael and if the Warriors are looking for a big he could be an interesting pick up.

Brandon Davies, F (6'9", BYU)

Davies was a guy that Jonathan Tjarks mentioned to us in a pre-draft Q&A and Schroeder took notice of him as well.

...turned in a very solid senior season for the Cougars with averages of 17.7 points and eight rebounds. He'll need to get stronger in the post and open up his offensive repertoire, but there's a solid chance Davies impresses someone this summer with his motor and solid rebounding instincts.

Davies has already been picked up by the L.A. Clippers but that means the Warriors staff will get a good look at him as well, as mentioned by Andrew Davis of West Coast Convo.

C.J. Leslie, F (6'9", N.C. State)

Schlosser mentions Leslie as yet another guy who has promise that he could fulfill in the D-League.

Leslie is a forward with a lot of promise. He's someone who does a lot of things well, but no one thing especially great. He can score the basket inside, rebounds well, and his long frame helps him pester opponents offensively. Though he even shoots it well from long range for a big man, he'll need to bulk up and become a bit more bulky and physical if he wants to truly compete in the NBA.

Playing in the D-League would provide him with the time he needs to better acclimate himself to the professional level.

He has already signed with the New York Knicks and as they have a D-League team he might stick with that organization, as Schlosser describes.

Click here for the Warriors preliminary summer league roster.

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