With the Santa Cruz Warriors gearing up to open their season with a seven game road trip on November 30th, coach Nate Bjorkgren still has one more cut to make. So who's the odd man out?
A player that was a major leader vocally and also on the court for the team last year while they were still known as the Wizards. There is little doubt that he will make the team as his numbers were superb averaging 18.4 points and 4.8 assist per game last year. He's continued his role through this year's training camp and will look to make it back to the Golden State Warriors roster where he was waived earlier this off-season.
Brown was also signed by the Golden State Warriors earlier before being moved down to the Santa Cruz Warriors. Standing at 6'5" he is an absolute match-up nightmare for opposing shooting guards. He showed just how much of a scoring threat he really is last year while at the University of Colorado where he lead the Buffs to a Pac-12 Championship while earning the MVP of the tournament.
He showed some of his raw scoring ability during the road trip to Texas dropping 26 points against his former team the Texas Legends. He was acquired by trade earlier this month, but that didn't stop the Warriors from parting ways with Harouna Mutombo earlier this month.
The former Los Angeles Clipper will make a huge impact with the Warriors this season. Coach Bjorkgren has raved about his athletic ability and his on ball defense. Just like Brown he is not only going to make this team, but has a great chance of being called up to the NBA to play with the big boys.
Another player that was with the team last year while they where still in the state of Dakota. Johnson showed that he can come off the bench and bring some scoring ability. Bjorkgren has said that he likes what he brings and that could be what saves him in the end.
An impressive three point shooter and scorer. He averaged 14 points per game and shot a solid 43% from long range last year for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. His ability from three will look like it will keep him in Santa Cruz this year. Not a real vocal guy in practice, but he has been a hard worker and hustles on defense.
Has great size at 6'5" and is an absolute sniper from outside. While at Air Force he shot a ridiculous 45.1% from three. An early neck injury sidelined him for a few days but recently has picked it up. What's interesting about Nwaelele is coming out of Air Force he had NBA interest and even was working out a contract with the San Antonio Spurs, but he had to full-fill his three five-year commitment and has been stationed in both Baghdad and Afghanistan.
Everybody knows that he is the older brother of Los Angeles Clipper superstar Blake Griffin, but Taylor has been making a name for himself and finding his groove during training camp. Bjorkgren is leaning to expanding his role in the offense and big things are expected from Griffin this season. It goes without saying that he will be on the roster opening day.
Has played both small forward and guard while at Vanderbilt and standing at a long 6'8" he gives them length and athleticism in one package. He averaged 8.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while at Vandy. Both Taylor and Lance are as good as signed because of their versatility and size.
A bit undersized for a center at 6'8", but he makes up for it with is physicality and tenacity under the basket. In his final year at Syracuse he was the only senior on the team. He lead the Big East in rebounds, field goal percentage and blocked shots. After going undrafted in last years draft he signed with Chorale Roanne Basket over seas in France. He's been a hard worker all training camp long and is easily one of the most athletic big men.
The tallest player on the Warriors roster standing at seven feet tall Daniels has shown that he is a little raw in the low-post, but his work ethic and passion for the game have shown through during training camp. He does excel in the mid-range game which is odd for his size. Again both Jackson and Daniels are just about locked in for opening night.