It’s only been 24 days since the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals to capture their second consecutive championship. But already it’s time for more Warriors basketball.
While Golden State normally only participates in the Las Vegas Summer League, this year they’re also playing in the inaugural year of the Sacramento Summer League. And that starts today, Monday, July 2.
The Warriors play three games in Sacramento. It starts tonight, at 6:00 p.m. PT against the Miami Heat. Tuesday, July 3, the Dubs take on the host team, the Sacramento Kings, at 8:00 p.m. PT. They finish things off on Thursday, July 5, with a 12:00 p.m. PT game against the Los Angeles Lakers (no, LeBron James will not be playing!).
All three of these games will be broadcast on NBA TV.
Who to watch?
The Warriors are sending a contingency to Summer League that includes three players with guaranteed contracts: Rookie Jacob Evans III, second-year fan favorite Jordan Bell, and third-year center Damian Jones.
Here’s the rest of the roster:
Golden State Warriors 2018 Summer League Roster pic.twitter.com/aEjZe77oob— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) June 27, 2018
It should be noted that Keenan Evans is no longer on the Summer League roster, as the Detroit Pistons have signed him to a two-way contract.
Of the remaining players, keep your eye on Kendrick Nunn, who the team signed to a partially guaranteed contract. He’s surely a player they think can contribute.
But Evans III, Bell, and Jones are certainly the Warriors to watch. And while the rookie and the exciting Bell will surely capture the most attention, Jones is the most intriguing player here. The Warriors are betting on Jones to provide big minutes this year, and this is an opportunity to prove that he’s ready.
As for opponents, the most exciting game should be against the Kings, as it will be the Warriors first look at second overall pick Marvin Bagley III.
What’s at stake?
Relative to other teams, there’s not too much at stake for the Warriors. Evans III, Bell, and Jones all have their spots on the roster secured. And it would be incredibly shocking if any of the other players on the Summer League roster were to sign guaranteed contracts.
Still, one or two of these players could sign two-way contracts with Golden State, and whoever does is likely to play a big role in the upcoming season.
So the team is surely looking for potential two-way contracts, in addition to the development from their three recent draftees.