After an impressive start to their 2012 Las Vegas Summer League campaign, the Golden State Warriors play their second game today at 3 p.m. on NBA TV against the Denver Nuggets, who will be playing their first summer league game.
We've already discussed the Warriors' 90-50 win over the Los Angeles Lakers yesterday and you can see all the stats and video you need to know at the Warriors' 2012 Summer League Central page.
But to prepare for today's game, we'll take a quick look at the Nuggets' roster and highlight a few things that we might like to see today in today's game.
The Nuggets' Roster
The Nuggets' summer league roster features their three 2012 NBA Draft selections Evan Fournier, Quincy Miller and Izzet Turkyilmaz.
Fournier, a 6'7" guard from France, is an intriguing player to watch as a guy who SB Nation's Denver Stiffs have described as "an international man of mystery" and it's probably safe to assume that the majority of us know about as much about him as they did. We might be more familiar with what Baylor product Quincy Miller did, but he's a guy who I would've been content with the Warriors drafting with one of their late picks (not that I'm dissatisfied with who they added).
The Nuggets have also signed Cal point guard Jorge Gutierrez and I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do.
But the player I'm most excited to watch is 6'8" forward Kenneth Faried, a member of the 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie team and an outstanding rebounder. Part of that is that I simply like watching Faried work on the boards and part of that is wanting to see how the Warriors' bigs contend with him.
Tyler continued to tease us with signs of athleticism yesterday, but didn't quite show that he's learned how to channel his athletic gifts into anything that would translate into consistent NBA contributions. While it isn't entirely fair to compare Tyler to Faried in this setting, it is fair to say that it will be a reasonable litmus test for how close Tyler is to being a legitimate contributor at this level.
Burrell made some nice plays defensively yesterday and I'd be interested to see how he compares to Tyler again today. It would seem the chances of him making the roster are slim-to-none, but it's not unreasonable to suggest that he could very well outplay Tyler this summer league.
I'd argue there's less pressure on Ezeli than there is on Tyler simply by virtue of the Vanderbilt big man playing in just his second summer league game, but it will be interesting to see how he matches up with a guy like 7'1" center Soloman Alabi.
Yesterday, Ezeli showed some signs that he could develop into a solid rebounding presence in the NBA, but his offensive game left a bit to be desired. Alabi has two seasons of NBA experience under his belt - albeit limited - and should be a bigger challenge than Robert Sacre.
Jenkins didn't stand out in yesterday's game except for the fact that he controlled the pace of the game fairly well. But when Klay Thompson is lighting it up the way he was, it's not hard to make decisions as a point guard: get the ball to Klay.
What we might want to see more of from a second-year point guard that has a few NBA starts under his belt already is the ability to penetrate and create plays for others a bit more often. That's not Jenkins' forte, but it's something would be nice to see and part of the reason I thought it would be interesting to see how he compares to Maalik Wayns (who did not play) in running the team in summer league.
Even if we disagree on how good Barnes will be in his rookie year, it's clear from yesterday that he's going to be a scoring presence in the league. Today it will be more interesting to watch him defensively and what he can do on the floor outside of scoring.
Thompson doesn't really need to prove anything at this point - yesterday he proved that he has already outgrown summer league. But what made his performance yesterday particularly exciting was that he was doing a lot of things beyond scoring quite well, picking up 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 blocks. He was making his impact felt everywhere, which is what you'd hope for from a NBA starter.
For the full Las Vegas summer league schedule for today, visit SB Nation's summer league storystream.