The Golden State Warriors selected Damian Jones of Vanderbilt with the No. 30 pick of the NBA Draft on Thursday.
Fans hope Jones, who just turned 20, will be able to give the Dubs effective minutes this year after the expected departure of one or all of Festus Ezeli, Anderson Varejao and Andrew Bogut (who will be gone if they succeed in landing the prize of free agency, Kevin Durant).
Jones projects as a physically impressive big man who can run the floor and shoot with middling range. He has a questionable motor and is a poor free-throw shooter (54 percent his junior season). But if he can shake that reputation in the pros, he could develop into a versatile big man who sets screens and catches oops in Steve Kerr’s offense.
In the second round, general manager Bob Myers stayed true to his word that the team would be aggressive by buying the Milwaukee Bucks’ second round pick (No. 38 overall) for $2.4 million, according to The Vertical.
Golden State used that selection on Pat McCaw, a 6-foot-5 (without shoes) wing who spent two seasons at UNLV.
McCaw averaged 14.7 points with 3.9 assists per game in his last season in college and was named to the Second Team All-Mountain West Conference as well as the All-Defensive teams.
Who will rep Team USA?
NBA superstars haven’t been this disinterested in playing in the Olympics since the 2004 Athens Games.
Stephen Curry announced during the playoffs he wouldn’t be headed to Rio, LeBron James said he was out, telling Cleveland.com he “could use the rest,” MVP runner-up Kawhi Leonard, Oakland native Damian Lillard and Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond all declined invitations on Thursday as well.
That leaves Carmelo Anthony, Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George, DeAndre Jordan and future Warriors teammates Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson to represent Team USA this summer.
The official roster will be announced next week.
Fans in the Bay Area will have a chance to catch Team USA play China in an exhibition game July 26 at Oracle Arena.