The Golden State Warriors are the favorites to win the 2017 NBA championship but they still have not finalized their roster. In a recent interview, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr revealed that JaVale McGee has a “good chance” of making the final cut.
“I think he’s got a good chance of making the team. We’ll see what happens, but I think he’s had a good camp,” Kerr told SF Gate.
“You can tell he’s getting more comfortable. The two things he has that you can’t teach are his length and athleticism. When you’re that long and you’re that athletic, you’re going to give yourself a chance,” assistant coach Mike Brown added.
Golden State signed JaVale McGee to a non-guaranteed contract this summer hoping that the once-promising center can contribute to a great Warriors team. In the game against the Los Angeles Lakers last weekend, McGee had 12 points, four rebounds and two blocks in 14 minutes.
The Warriors currently have 20 players this preseason and they have to release four players before the start of the season, per NBA.com. They start the season against the San Antonio Spurs on October 25 in Oakland.
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Zaza Pachulia, Shaun Livingston, Ian Clark, Andre Iguodala, Kevon Looney, Anderson Varejao, David West, Damion Jones, Patrick McCaw and James Michael McAdoo are expected to make the roster.
That makes JaVale McGee, Elgin Cook, Phil Pressey, Cameron Jones and Elliott Williams the candidates for the final roster spot. Kerr also had praise for Jones and Pressey but it looks like McGee will make the final cut.
Williams has a partially guaranteed deal with the Warriors but he has missed all the preseason games due to a right knee injury. Nevertheless, Kerr and his coaching staff still have several days to decide who will be part of the 2016-17 Golden State Warriors roster.
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