2013 NBA Summer League: Golden State Warriors Take Home Title
The Golden State Warriors had won 13 consecutive games at the Las Vegas NBA Summer League coming into Monday night’s championship matchup against the Phoenix Suns. Having not lost a game at Summer League since 2010, the Warriors have made themselves somewhat of a dynasty as far as playing in Vegas with rookies, young players and unsigned guys goes.
When the buzzer sounded on Monday night, the Warriors had made it 14 consecutive wins at Summer League as they earned a 91-77 victory over the Suns. Ian Clark and Kent Bazemore led the way for the Warriors as Clark put up an impressive 33 points on 12-19 shooting and 7-10 three-point shooting and Bazemore added 18 points, four boards, five assists and two steals.
Obviously with that winning streak in Vegas still in-tact, the Warriors finished this year’s stint at Summer League with an unblemished 7-0 record. More importantly Golden State got to see some great performances over the past few weeks, most notably from the two stars of the championship game, Bazemore and Clark.
Clark went unselected in the 2013 NBA Draft, but showed that he probably deserves a place in the league, even if it’s not with the Warriors. In seven games he averaged 12.4 points per game on 47.8 percent shooting and 48.5 percent three-point shooting in 21.6 minutes per game off of the bench.
More importantly for Golden State, though, was how Bazemore played. He showed a great deal of improvement offensively, especially with his ability to attack the basket, knock down mid-range jumpers, and with his passing. He’s always had great defensive potential, but if his offense comes around, he could be a real asset in the Warriors’ rotation.
With the addition of Andre Iguodala and their success from this past postseason, the Warriors figure to be in the mix in the Western Conference. Even if they don’t end up in the NBA Finals next year, though, they will always have the inaugural Summer League title.