Alfonzo McKinnie’s improbable NBA story continues this week as he and the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors open training camp out in sunny Oakland, California.
McKinnie is one of five players that signed non-guaranteed deals to join the Warriors training camp roster this fall along with Tyler Ulis, Marcus Derrickson, Danuel House Jr, and former Horizon League guard Kendrick Nunn.
After splitting time last season with the Toronto Raptors and their G-League affiliate, Raptors 905, McKinnie played in 6 games for the Raptors this summer at the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League and averaged 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 23.8 minutes per game.
He appeared in 14 NBA games for the Raptors last season averaging 1.5 points in 3.8 minutes per game including a career high 9 points in 9 minutes of action against the Denver Nuggets on November 1st. In the G-League, McKinnie started all 35 games he appeared in averaging 14.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists while shooting 34.8% from beyond the arc in 29.9 minutes per game.
The Warriors roster already has 13 of its 15 slots claimed with one spot being held open for 22-year old Patrick McCaw, who is currently in a contract dispute but is likely to return to Golden State before the season begins. The other roster spot is likely to remain open to sign a ring-chasing veteran on an NBA minimum salary somewhere down the line.
McKinnie does have a shot, however, of making the roster via a two-way roster spot that is available. NBA teams are allowed to carry two players on two-way contracts, meaning that player can play for the team in NBA games and for the team’s G-League affiliate without counting towards the NBA’s 15-player roster limit.
Damion Lee, a 6’6” shooting guard out of Louisville, is the Warriors lone two-way player at this point leaving McKinnie, Ulis, Derrickson, House Jr, and Nunn to fight for that final spot, though there is no guarantee that any of those five will earn the contract.
Training camp began Tuesday and the Warriors first preseason game is this Friday night vs the Minnesota Timberwolves. You’ll be able to catch McKinnie in action a few times in the upcoming weeks as Golden State will be on national TV three times during the preseason: Friday, October 5th vs Sacramento (ESPN); Wednesday, October 10 at the LA Lakers (ESPN); and Friday, October 12 vs the LA Lakers (ESPN2).
NBA rosters must be finalized by Monday, October 15.
Golden State Warriors preseason schedule:
Saturday, 9/29 vs Minnesota- 8:30 PM (Central time)
Friday, 10/5 vs Sacramento (in Seattle) – 10:30 PM – ESPN
Monday, 10/8 vs Phoenix – 10:30 PM
Wednesday, 10/10 at LA Lakers – 10:30 PM – ESPN
Friday, 10/12 vs LA Lakers – 10:30 PM – ESPN2
Golden State Warriors training camp roster:
# 0 DeMarcus Cousins / 6’11” C / Kentucky
#1 Damion Lee / 6’6″ G / Louisville**
#2 Jordan Bell / 6’9″ F / Oregon
#3 Tyler Ulis / 6’3″ G / Kentucky*
#4 Quinn Cook / 6’2″ G / Duke
#5 Kevon Looney / 6’9″ F / UCLA
#9 Andre Iguadala / 6’6″ G / Arizona
#10 Jacob Evans III / 6’6″ G / Cincinnati
#11 Klay Thompson / 6’7″ G / Washington State
#12 Danuel House Jr. / 6’7″ G / Texas A&M*
#15 Damian Jones / 7’0″ C / Vanderbilt
#21 Jonas Jerebko / 6’10” F / Sweden
#23 Draymond Green / 6’7″ F / Michigan State
#25 Kendrick Nunn / 6’3″ G / Oakland*
#28 Alfonzo McKinnie / 6’8″ F / Green Bay*
#30 Stephen Curry / 6’3″ G / Davidson
#32 Marcus Derrickson / 6’7″ F / Georgetown*
#35 Kevin Durant / 6’9″ F / Texas
#34 Shaun Livingston / 6’7″ G / Peoria Central HS
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