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Warriors links: How the Santa Cruz and Golden State Warriors go hand in hand

With this being a slow news day, we turn our attention to the D-League. The updated league rules could impact who will remain on Golden State's roster as the season begins; and with Aaron Craft signing for a new team and Kevin Looney injured we might see some fresh faces playing for the Santa Cruz Warriors.

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This season, it's very important to focus on both the Golden State Warriors and the Santa Cruz Warriors because the 2015-16 season will be the first time every D-League team has had a one-to-one affiliation with an NBA counterpart. The D-League is becoming more important to focus on as it's now more widely used.

Teams are using D-League teams, like the Santa Cruz Warriors, to develop talent among rookie players, and sometimes the talent can be traded mid-season. This season could definitely be a little different for the non-affiliated teams as affiliated teams will be given increasing advantages.

How NBA teams can use the D-League to increase trade value
Starting this season, the D-League's Flex Assignment rule will make things interesting for NBA teams looking to trade young assets.

With the first week of training camp winding down, it's about time to start analyzing who is standing out, who is emerging, and who might be taking a new path.

Steve Kerr had a chance to weigh in on the topic, stating that Andre Igoudala, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Bogut, and Ian Clark have been looking good this week.

Updated D-League rule

With the updated D-league rule that the maximum number of of NBA assignees each team can send to the D-League has dropped from four to three.

Each NBA team owning a D-League team can still designate four players after training camp.

NBA D-League FAQ
This FAQ is designed to give readers insight into the nuances of the NBA D-League.

Aaron Craft of Santa Cruz Warriors Signs with Szolnoki Olaj

Aaron Craft, who has been part of Golden State's training camp in the past has recently signed with Szolnoki Olaj in Hungary.

Aaron Craft Signs in Hungary – RealGM Wiretap

The 6-foot-2 point guard for the Santa Cruz Warriors started and played in every game during the regular season, and had an overall goal of playing in the NBA.

Craft won the league title last season for the Santa Cruz Warriors, and also played on the Golden State Warriors' Summer League team in Las Vegas in each of the past two seasons.

Kevon Looney Injury / Faces We Could See in Santa Cruz

With Kevon Looney recovering from his hip surgery in August 2015, it is a possibility that we could see him playing for the Santa Cruz Warriors as he on his road to recovery.

Looney, 19, was selected by the Warriors with the 30th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Warriors Rookie Kevon Looney Undergoes Successful Surgery | Golden State Warriors
Looney, 19, was selected by the Warriors with the 30th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. In one season at UCLA in 2014-15

Others who could conceivably end up in Santa Cruz if they don't make the cut in training camp:

  • Chris Babb: Former Celtic Chris Babb has the opportunity to play for the Golden State Warriors this year, as he was invited to training camp.
  • Ian Clark: Clark played with the Warriors in the 2013 NBA Summer League and earned MVP honors in the championship game, helping Golden State complete a perfect 7-0 campaign in Las Vegas.
  • Jarell Eddie: Eddie graduated from Virginia Tech and last year ranked second in the D-League in three point percentage (.452) while playing for the Austin Spurs.
  • Juwan Staten: After transferring from the University of Dayton, Staten played three seasons at West Virginia University.
  • Tony Mitchell: Mitchell appeared in games for the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA D-League last season and in tplayed in Puerto Rico with Atleticos de San German.

Warriors Sign Ian Clark, Jarell Eddie, Tony Mitchell & Juwan Staten | Golden State Warriors
Staten, 23, played three seasons at West Virginia University after transferring from the University of Dayton.

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