The Golden State Warriors released their 2016 training camp roster on Friday as the team inches closer to possibly the most anticipated season debut since the 2004 Los Angeles Lakers.
Beyond the superstars — Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson — were a handful of NBA hopefuls that may not have a great chance of making the team, but will be interesting to track nonetheless.
The most recognizable name among them is JaVale McGee, a 7-footer with loads of talent but one who has struggled to stay on the floor due to injuries and mental lapses. McGee signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the team in September and could be a useful piece in the frontcourt in case the team is hit by injuries.
Former Oregon Duck Elgin Cook was also invited to camp. Cook is known for being a forward with first-rate athleticism. He can defend and create off the dribble, but he struggles shooting. Cook is the son of Alvin Robertson, who played in the NBA from 1984 to 1996.
Journeyman Elliott Williams also made the roster after stops with the Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz, New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies. He’s played the last two seasons in Santa Cruz for the Dubs’ D-League affiliate.
Phil Pressey was drafted into the league with a lot of hype after a solid college career at Missouri but has failed to establish himself in the league. It’s unlikely he’ll make the team as the third point guard, but he would be a good player to keep in the organization, if possible.
Another Santa Cruz Warrior product Cameron Jones will work out with the team in the preseason. Jones, a 6-foot-4 guard, last played overseas in Israel and Greece.
The team will practice for four days before tipping off the preseason Oct. 1 in Toronto.