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Last installment of our preview of the Nba rookies e sophomores for the 2016/17 is the Pacific Division. If you need to catch up just follow the links for the Atlantic, Southeast, Central, Northwest and Southwest divisions
Golden State Warriors
Sophomore: Kevon Looney
Rookie: Patrick McCaw, Damian Jones
Kevon Looney entered the league with a hip injury that forced him to undergo surgery and lost most of his rookie season. Once his rehab was over he was assigned to the D-League to get back into rhythm, but he was favoring his non-injured leg, and that costed him another surgery. It is hard to predict his role this season, the Warriors bench is not as deep as the last couple of seasons and the team will not try to go for 74 wins, but there are plenty of forwards at roster. His best chance is that the team needs better rebounding, in which case he will get his minutes, but he will have to keep up on defense as well.
Damian Jones torn his right pectoral muscle during a workout in Orlando before the draft. The injury made him slip to the very end of the first round, where the Warrios picked him. It will likely cost him the whole season, – for reference, Al Horford, back when he was with the Atlanta Hawks, suffered the same injury, had surgery late December and missed the remainder of the season – but that is a lucky thing for the ex Vanderbilt. He can spend the year learning the system and the nuances of the Nba from afar, and next year he will be better prepared, considering he is right now the only non small-ball center signed beyond this season.
Plenty of experts wondered how could a player like McCaw still be available with the 38th pick. In McCaw the Golden State Warriors have the kind of 6-7 wing who can shoot, pass and switch every pick and roll, pretty much like every other wing at roster, and given the shortened rotation for the year, the Nevada product is carving himself a spot in the rotation.