Warriors utilize D-League affiliate to get McCaw seasoning

OAKLAND — The Warriors announced they assigned first-round pick Damian Jones to the D-League on Thursday for the sixth times this season — and this time he has company.


Patrick McCaw, who Golden State traded $2.4 million for on draft day as the No. 38 pick, was optioned to the Developmental League team to get more playing time.

The skinny guard played ably in the moments he was given off the bench. He’s averaging 2.8 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist in 12.2 minutes per game. He scored nine points with five assists against the Indiana Pacers two nights before scoring a career-high 10 points at Utah.

But with the emergence of Ian Clark as a regular rotation player, and veterans Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston forcing McCaw to the bottom of the depth chart, McCaw had little hope of getting playing at the NBA level.

“He hasn’t done anything wrong here. I think he’s played really well every time we’ve thrown him out there,” head coach Steve Kerr said after practice on Thursday. “But, Ian has played so well that Ian’s earned those extra minutes and it’s tough to play 11 guys, we’re already playing 10.”

So, McCaw and Jones were sent down to play in the Santa Cruz Warriors’ game against the Northern Arizona Suns on Thursday. And they’ll likely be recalled soon, if Jones’ pattern is an indicator.

Kerr, a former reserve guard himself, said he appreciates the growth of the NBA Developmental League for players maturing on the floor instead of practice.

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