The Golden State Warriors opened the season with a logjam at the center position. Of the 15 guaranteed roster spots, six were occupied by centers, or the types of power forwards that Steve Kerr prefers to only play at center.
As a result, second-year big man Damian Jones hasn’t had the chance to play yet. In fact, through the first four games of the year, Jones has yet to even be activated. So the Dubs made a move to get him some playing time.
Damian Jones has been assigned to the Warriors' G-League affiliate in Santa Cuz.— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) October 25, 2017
The move is hardly surprising. Rookie Jordan Bell started the season ahead of Jones on the depth chart, and Jones doesn’t yet offer anything that Bell doesn’t do. In Santa Cruz, he’ll get an opportunity to get consistent minutes, and develop his game further.
Jones is no stranger to the Santa Cruz Warriors, having spent the bulk of his rookie year there as well. He appeared in 31 G-League games last year, and showed strong potential on both sides of the floor. In Santa Cruz, Jones averaged 11.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game, and shot 58% from the field.
Not surprisingly, Jones isn’t the only familiar name headed to Santa Cruz.
Golden State's two players on two-way deals, Quinn Cook and Chris Boucher, were at @GLeagueWarriors practice this morning.— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) October 25, 2017
Quinn Cook and Chris Boucher will spend most of the year in the G-League, as their two-way contracts only allow them to be with Golden State for 45 days. Unlike Jones, Cook actually saw the court during Golden State’s opening week.
Activated for one game, Cook played a single minute against the New Orleans Pelicans, though he managed to make a shot in that time.
We’ll surely be seeing Jones back with Golden State again this season, and probably Cook and Boucher as well. In the meantime, it will be fun to watch their development in Santa Cruz.