The Warriors don't have special plans for filling their 15th and final roster spot. They'd be fine going into the season with 14 players unless an opportunity presents itself.
"They have to do something to stand out," coach Keith Smart said.
Enter Jeff Adrien, a 6-foot-7, 243-pound rookie power forward. He had 11 points and 15 rebounds (seven offensive) in Sunday's exhibition win over Sacramento. What's more, he was physical, relentless and defensive-minded.
"That guy gets your attention in a hurry," general manager Larry Riley said. "He'll make you scratch your head. We've got six more games, so we'll see what happens."
Adrien's coming out party -- against No. 5 overall pick DeMarcus Cousins -- showed fans what the Warriors have seen since before training camp. Adrien has impressed with his desire and ability to rebound, which helps make up for being fairly short for his position. He has drawn comparisons to the likes of Utah's Paul Millsap or Sacramento's Carl Landry.
Smart said he was impressed when Adrien asked what he needed to do to make an impression. Smart's response: "run and rebound." Adrien also has been working on his midrange jumper, with assistants Mark Price and Calbert Cheaney, at the request of Smart.
Adrien played at Connecticut with other heralded big men such as Hilton Armstrong, Josh Boone and Hasheem Thabeet.
"Even being the 15th guy," Adrien said, "you don't know how much time you will get
Lin wasn't the only one yanked. Forward Brandan Wright was taken out for a bad pass. Smart said that it was his way of laying down the law.