Kevon Looney’s Uphill Battle

Second year Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney is rehabbing after his second hip surgery in less than a year. Looney has had procedures on both hips, and the Warriors are hopeful he will be back at the beginning of the 2016-17 regular season.

Looney still has a lot of potential and promise. The second year forward out of UCLA had an impressive freshman year where he displayed a variety of skills that can help the Warriors. Looney’s length, rebounding, and shooting are desperate area of needs for the Warriors, their front-court depth was ravaged in off-season free agency due to the signing of Kevin Durant.

The Draft Express video breakdown illustrates the qualities Looney brings to the Warriors.

 

If Looney’s health and game development are improved this season, he can carve out a role with this year’s Warriors roster. Zaza Pachulia, David West and Kevin Durant will see a lot of minutes at PF and C, but there are more minutes to be had, especially when injuries play a part.

The next few months will create a better picture of whether or not Looney is ready to contribute. He is still very young and if he fully recovers from his  hip surgeries the opportunity to earn playing time can become a reality sooner rather than later. The mix of roster needs with his skill set could very well equal a positive impact for Looney on this year’s Warriors roster.

 

 

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