Golden State Warriors shooting guard Kent Bazemore is undoubtedly best known for his wild celebrations on the sidelines that he put on display during his rookie season after going undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft. On the floor, though, he didn’t have much of an impact. He played in just 61 games and played just 4.4 minutes per game while averaging two points, 0.4 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 0.3 steals per game on 37.1 percent shooting.
Now playing with the Warriors at the Las Vegas NBA Summer League, Bazemore is starting to turn some heads with his play on the court rather than with his celebrating. Through three games in Vegas, Bazemore has averaged 15.7 points, six rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 steals on 44.7 percent shooting in 28 minutes per game.
When watching Bazemore play, the first thing that you notice is his ability on the defensive end of the floor and as a rebounder. Though he measured just under 6’4” without shoes before the draft, Bazemore has a freakishly long 6’11.5” wingspan. This allows him to cause problems defensively and be an effective rebounder, especially for a guard. He’s also sneakily athletic as well.
The biggest issue with Bazemore, though, is that there is a worry that he’s going to be an offensive liability. In the mostly garbage-time minutes he played last season, Bazemore averaged just 96.9 points per 100 possessions and ranked 410th in the league by averaging just 0.75 points per possession.
His play at Summer League shows that he’s worked on his offensive game, but it’s still not a strong-suit. However, there are some holes in the Warriors’ rotation, particularly on the wing, that Bazemore will have the opportunity to fill. Based on his defensive abilities, he could step in and play some solid minutes for Golden State. However, he will need to continue to work on his offensive game before that happens.