Bell drew another start at power forward with Draymond Green (knee) sidelined, and he was able to make his presence felt on the boards. The 23-year-old is also competing with Kevon Looney and Damian Jones for the starting center job to open the season, but all three players are likely to see their fair share of playing time there come the regular season until DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) is ready to suit up.
Bell will start at power forward for Wednesday's preseason matchup with the Lakers, Mark Medina of the Mercury News reports.
With Draymond Green (knee) sitting out a second straight contest, Bell will get his chance to work in the top unit after Kevon Looney received the starting nod at power forward the last time out. A stint in the top unit should give Bell another opportunity to impress coach Steve Kerr, though he's eventually expected to be apart of a three-man rotation at center with Looney and Damion Jones until All-Star DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) is healthy.
Bell came off the bench for the second straight game to open the exhibition slate, but he turned in a performance comparable to that of starter Damian Jones, who posted seven points, seven rebounds, two blocks and one assist across 15 minutes. Bell, Jones and Kevon Looney figure to continue battling for the starting center job throughout the balance of preseason.
Bell will compete with Kevon Looney and Damian Jones for the starting center job, Marc J. Spears of ESPN reports.
The Warriors are expected to be without DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) for an extended amount of time and head coach Steve Kerr confirmed Monday that Draymond Green would remain at power forward to start the year. As a result, Bell, Looney and Jones are expected to battle for the top job. With the likes of Zaza Pachulia, JaVale McGee and David West all no longer on the roster, the entire trio should see more playing time during the upcoming campaign than they did a season ago. That said, considering the talent already on the roster, Bell would be nothing more than the fifth option offensively if he starts, which would likely limit his fantasy utility to those in deeper leagues.
Bell (shoulder) will remain out for Friday's summer league finale, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
Bell ended up playing in four combined games between Sacramento and Las Vegas Summer Leagues, posting averages of 5.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.5 steals and 2.3 blocks across 24.3 minutes. However, he dealt with some soreness in his shoulder and missed the last few contests, so the Warriors are comfortable just shutting their second-year big man down. Bell should be a full go for training camp and he could be in line for a bigger role this season following the departures of JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia and potentially David West.
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