OAKLAND -- Mark Jackson gets a good laugh out of the transformation. Last year, he found himself having to defend Jarrett Jack. But after watching Warriors backup point guards this preseason, tunes have changed.

"In the past, people said Jack dribbled too much," Jackson said. "Now they're saying, 'Wish we had Jack.' "

The Warriors are hoping Toney Douglas will not have fans clamoring for Jack. But the new backup guard has given life to concerns the team will pay for not bringing back Jack.

Douglas was signed this offseason for his defensive prowess. But he has stood out more for struggling mightily on offense. In six exhibitions, he averaged 3.7 points on 24.1 percent shooting. He is 3 of 13 from 3-point range with nearly as many turnovers (eight) as assists (11).

But Jackson doesn't seem worried. And, though he is a little frustrated, neither does Douglas.

"Look," he said, "I know I can get buckets. I can get buckets."

Certainly, this is not the Douglas who broke into the league out of Florida State in 2009. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound guard became a valuable bench player for the New York Knicks. And he did it with offense.

His first two seasons, he averaged 9.8 points in 22 minutes. Douglas shot just 43 percent, but he connected on 37.8 percent of his 3-pointers. For his career, he is a 35.9 percent shooter from 3-point range.

Douglas signed with the Warriors because it seemed to be an ideal fit. Last season, Jack played starter's minutes and was a playmaker in crunchtime. That's how it was for Douglas as a rookie when he played a pivotal role for a Knicks squad that made the postseason.


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"I'm not really concerned about him making shots," Jackson said. "He impacts the game picking up full court, defending, pushing the basketball and playing reckless. He's just trying to find his way. He hasn't yet, but we got him for a reason, and he will have an opportunity and we believe in him."

  • The Warriors live streamed practice for fans Saturday. It wasn't a typical practice, mostly drills and competitions. The trio of Douglas, Kent Bazemore and Andrew Bogut won the team-wide 3-point contest. Bogut, who just signed a three-year contract extension Friday, made the winning shot on the final ball in the rack to conclude practice.

    "Now he's going to want me to put in a set where he gets a look," Jackson said. "He's making the big bucks, so he can call all the shots."

    Afterward was the rookie hazing. Guard Nemanja Nedovic and center Ognjen Kuzmic (who sat out practice with a sore ankle) received their kiddie backpack and hats. Nedovic got a pink and black backpack featuring the boy band One Direction and a skull cap of the stuffed animal Furby. Kuzmic got a Hello Kitty backpack and a leopard print beanie.

    On top of that, both had to sing. Each chose a song in his native Serbian language. But there was a distinct difference in performance.

    "It was pretty lame," Jackson said of Kuzmic's song. "No energy. No passion. If I was Serbian, I'd be disappointed. But Nedo(vich) did a great job of actually embracing his song. I could see the people back home watching it over the Net, joining in on their couch somewhere. So it was inspiring."

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