The Golden State Warriors open their Summer League schedule in Las Vegas on Friday and two of the biggest questions we had going into the five-game schedule won’t be answered.
First, we won’t find out anything about first-round pick Ekpe Udoh because he injured his left wrist Sunday in a controlled workout at the Warriors’ practice facility and won’t be able to play. Not a good start to his NBA career. Not a good omen for the Warriors.
Second, we won’t learn anything about Anthony Randolph’s health or maturity. Randolph, along with Kelenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf, is part of a pending deal that will bring Knicks All-Star David Lee to Golden State.
That leaves only Brandan Wright and Reggie Williams as players on the Warriors’ summer roster who figure to make an impact this season (though, as we learned last year, just about anyone on the roster could end up seeing time if the Big Team can’t stay healthy).
So now we enter the Summer League with two big areas of focus.
1. Is Brandan Wright’s shoulder fully healthy and can he pick up where he left off when he got hurt? Last season, Wright was one of the Warriors’ best players during training camp and was pushing Randolph, the pre-determined starter at power forward, for a spot in the starting lineup. We haven’t seen much of Wright in three injury-riddled years with the Warriors and now that Randolph is out of the picture, it’s time for him to step up and play like a lottery pick. If, that is, he can. It starts now for Wright.
2. Is Reggie Williams a real NBA player? We won’t learn that for sure against the level of competition in the Summer League, but we should get some insight into Williams, the player. He made the most of his opportunity last year and turned that into an NBA job. How hard did he work in the offseason? How hungry is he? Can he dominate the Summer League the way Randolph and Morrow did recently? Is he legit and a viable option for the Warriors’ starting lineup? We need to see a lot from Williams in the Summer League, especially with the Warriors’ opening at small forward.
Here’s the Warriors’ Summer League schedule:
July 9 vs. Hornets, 7 p.m.
July 10 vs. Pistons, 5 p.m.
July 11 vs. Wizards, 5 p.m.
July 13 vs. Heat (which could be holding open tryouts to fill its roster), 7:30 p.m.
July 15 vs. Suns, 3 p.m.
All games except the one against the Heat will be shown live on NBATV (the Heat game will air on July 14). You can also follow the action online. Go to warriors.com for more information.
Click here for the entire roster and Summer League guide.