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Warriors vs. Spurs 2016 NBA summer league recap: Patrick McCaw shows flashes of promise in 63-61 loss

Warriors draft selection Patrick McCaw was impressive in his summer league debut.

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Patrick McCaw shoots the ball well enough to command the attention of summer league defenses and skinny enough to split double teams without much effort.

His instincts off the ball make allow him to find easy buckets for himself and quick enough with the ball in transition to constantly make himself a threat.

He did enough in the Warriors 63-61 loss to the San Antonio Spurs to make you think that he could eventually replace what Leandro Barbosa gave the Warriors for the last couple of years. He's pretty much everything we might have hoped the Warriors could find with a purchased second round pick. McCaw scored 14 points and a team-high two blocks.

In the first half we got to see what McCaw has to offer offensively, with 11 points on 5-for-8 shooting, demonstrating great instincts and sound decision making as he scored in a variety of ways. He showed comfort handling the ball in transition and creating off the dribble in the half court. His ability to stroke threes is certainly evident as he looked fluid shooting off the pass, which would be critical for a wing stepping into the Warriors' offense.

The second half offered some insight into areas of improvement for McCaw as he got beat defensively a couple of times. Whether due to losing focus or reaching instead of moving his feet at times, he had a few lapses. Offensively, he just seemed to tire in the second half as he missed shots and didn't finish quite as easily.

But McCaw is one of those guys who just seems to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time with little hesitation about what he wants to do once he has the ball. That might seem like a minor feat, but it stands out after watching a day of summer league where many guys either look lost or unable to pick their spots effectively.

Other notes:

  • Keifer Sykes led the Warriors with 15 points and was nothing if not aggressive.
  • Nice to see Ognjen Kuzmic back in a Warriors uniform. Unfortunately, Spurs players just looked quicker than him off the jump and off the drive on more than one occasion. Really difficult to imagine him having much room for improvement give  his athletic limitations.
  • Robert Carter, Jr. looked promising and seems to have solid instincts but the concerns about his quickness at this level were justified.
  • Royce Oneale has some noteworthy plays that made him stand out, making him someone to keep an eye on moving forward.
  • The game was tied with 14 seconds left and I was mostly hoping the game would end. McCaw got a contested floater off that missed and the Spurs came away with the win with a clutch play drawn up by coach Becky Hammon.

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