The Golden State Warriors traded up in this year’s NBA Draft to take forward Jordan Bell out of Oregon, and he’s making that decision look like a solid one during the Las Vegas Summer League.
Bell turned in a five-by-five performance Tuesday in a double-overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, notching five points, 11 rebounds, five assists, five steals and six blocks. The Warriors’ and Timberwovles’ contest gave fans the rare chance to see the Las Vegas Summer League’s sudden-death double-overtime rules.
Patrick McCaw led the Warriors with 20 points, with Bryce Alford second on the team with 16 points. Bell led the team in rebounds, assists, steals and blocks. Golden State made a trade with the Chicago Bulls to take Bell with the No. 38 pick in this year’s draft. The Warriors traded for the 38th overall pick in the 2016 draft as well to select McCaw.
Bell averaged 10.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists his junior season at Oregon. In 105 career games with the Ducks, he totaled 233 blocks and 111 steals. He helped lead the Ducks to a Final Four appearance against North Carolina last season and also helped guide them to the Elite Eight his sophomore campaign.
The 6-foot-7, 190-pound forward is set to work alongside Kevin Durant and McCaw at small forward for the defending NBA champions, and could possibly see some time as a stretch power forward behind Draymond Green. The Warriors were able to retain free agents Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston, and will also be adding the likes of Bell and free-agent addition Nick Young to their loaded roster.