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Preview: Warriors battle Thunder at 4PM PT

It’s Friday the 13th, I wonder if anything crazy is gonna happen out in Vegas...

2021 Las Vegas Summer League - Toronto Raptors v Golden State Warriors Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images

The NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League showcase is in full swing as the Golden State Warriors jump back into action this afternoon.

Who: Warriors vs Oklahoma City Thunder

When: Friday, August 13th @ 4PM PT

How2Watch: ESPN2

Why: To see which organization is better at drafting and talent development

How apropos that the these two former rival franchises are squaring off on Friday the 13th. After all, Golden State has been like a haunting serial killer for the OKC franchise over the years, killing their title hopes over...and over...and over again.

But this is a new day with both organizations looking to get back to the NBA Finals in a post-Kevin Durant world. Both franchises have been busy collecting lottery picks in the rejuvenation process and today’s game gives us a sneak peek into how it’s all going.

In the 2021 draft OKC selected at #6 Josh Giddey, at #18 Tre Mann, and at #55 Aaron Wiggins. Unfortunately for the Thunder and us viewers, Mann is done with summer league play while Giddey suffered a rolled ankle and may not play today.

Hopefully Giddey plays, as he’s a solid talent that even some Warriors fans were hoping would fall to GSW at #7 in the draft.

But the Thunder will have Wiggins available, a guy who they expect to provide instant offense. Here’s how he did in OKC’s 80-65 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, per our blog buddy Welcome To Loud City:

Wiggins, on the other hand, made scoring look easy as he finished with 16 points. It’s not confirmed what exactly Wiggins’s role will be with the team next season, but he showed flashes of being a serviceable backup guard/wing who can provide a spark off the bench.

Meanwhile the Warriors are must see TV with several intriguing players that are fighting to prove their worth to an organization deadset on getting back to the championship stage. Their #7 pick Jonathan Kuminga is looking like a star in the making. Their #14 pick Moses Moody is showing that his threeball is real, hitting 3-of-7 from deep in the Dubs victory against the Toronto Raptors (overall he was 4-of-15 from the field though).

Gary Payton II is arguably the most entertaining dunker in summer league. Justinian Jessup even showed that his shooting rhythm ain’t dead.

This is another chance for these guys and the rest of the players to make an impression on the Warriors organization and I can’t wait to watch.




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