With the FIBA World Championship attracting or not attracting the eyes of basketball fans all over, there have been some little developments going on back home in the NBA. Teams are starting to put together their training camp rosters of players who might make the final 15 or be sent down to the NBDL to develop.
Two teams making these kinds of invites right now are the Miami Heat and the Golden State Warriors. Both teams sent an invite to a player who contributed to their summer league rosters. The Heat invited former Duke Blue Devil guard Andre Dawkins. The Warriors invited former North Carolina Tar Heel forward James Michael McAdoo. Matt Moore of CBS Sports does not believe that either player will ultimately make the 15 man roster of their respective team.
Dawkins averaged 12 pts per game in the Orlando Summer League earlier this summer. He shot 11/30 from the three point arc in those games. Despite that latter number, Dawkins will make his reputation on being a 6’5” guy who can shoot off the bench. In that way, he is sort of a replacement for former Heat forward James Jones. Jones signed on with Cleveland after LeBron James signed their in the off season.
McAdoo averaged 9 pts and 5 rebounds per game in the Rocky Mountain Revue in Las Vegas. The knock on McAdoo has never been his athleticism, and that potential remains the reason why Golden State is looking at him right now. It has been the lack of progress in the rest of his game. Down low, McAdoo is still hesitant to finish plays and other post players can knock him around on defense. If McAdoo is put at the three, then his lack of shooting becomes a problem.
How Golden State might use him is a mystery that only Steve Kerr truly knows. Last year Golden State played small a lot, putting Draymond Green or even Harrison Barnes at the four spot. McAdoo is not that kind of forward.
But those things will be decided in camp. Who knows, maybe both players will be riding the bench by the time the season starts.
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