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Kent Bazemore among those ready to enter rotation

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"Kent Bazemore, Golden State Warriors Role: Backup point guard Incumbent in danger: Toney Douglas Bazemore's primary competition for minutes behind Curry will be Douglas, who can replace the shooting the Warriors lost when Jarrett Jack departed as a free agent, but whose performance has been in decline since his solid first two seasons with the Knicks. Douglas has been effective as a reserve during his two of his four NBA seasons, but the clunkers have been the past two, both which left him below replacement level. Enter Bazemore, who should have been named MVP of the Vegas league and has been all over highlight reels lately because of his acrobatic play. With Golden State waiving Scott Machado -- who showed little in Vegas -- Wednesday, Curry, Douglas and Bazemore are the point guards left on the Warriors' roster. None of them are exactly lead guards in the John Stockton tradition, but all fit the mold of what most teams have at the position in the contemporary NBA, where pure playmakers are few and far between. Curry is the franchise player, of course. Douglas carries with him a better projection than Bazemore, with the ATH system forecasting a .471 winning percentage for Douglas versus a tepid .388 mark for Bazemore. The rub: Bazemore's projection is almost exactly what Douglas posted in 2012-13 for Houston and Sacramento, and is almost certainly too low. Bazemore's potential as a perimeter stopper who can make life miserable for opposing guards of all varieties will likely earn him the larger role, and it should. However, he and Douglas have very different skill sets and body types. Douglas is a much better 3-point shooter, and has a solid defensive reputation as well. There will be matchups and lineups in which Douglas will make more sense than Bazemore, and the two will likely play together at times. In terms of bottom-line value though, Mark Jackson will do well to make sure Bazemore sees more of the floor than Douglas."

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