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Nevada alum Cameron Oliver will play for Warriors' summer league team

Cameron Oliver
Cameron Oliver plays for the Cairns Taipans in December 2019. (Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Nevada alum Cameron Oliver will play for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Sumer League, which starts this weekend, per ESPN'S Olgun Uluc.

Oliver made his NBA debut at the end of the 2020-21 season after signing a 10-day contract with Houston. Oliver spent the majority of the season in Australia playing for the Cairns Taipans when complications with his wife's third pregnancy forced him to leave the team and return home to Sacramento. That's when the NBA opportunity in Houston arose.

Oliver was in the first year of a two-year deal with Cairns, which plays in the top level of Australian basketball (the NBL), but that contract included an NBA opt-out.

Golden State is the hometown team for Oliver, who grew up in Oakland before moving to Sacramento. Oliver has previously played in the NBA summer league with the Rockets and 76ers. He also has spent time on the Trail Blazers' training camp roster.

During his short NBA stint last season, Oliver made a successful impression.

Playing four games, Oliver averaged 10.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 blocks in 21.8 minutes per game. He made 57.8 percent of his shots, including 30.8 percent from three. He sank 1-of-4 free throws. An athletic 6-foot-8 big, Oliver has an ideal skillset for the modern NBA with his ability to protect the rim defensively, finish at the hoop offensively and hit enough 3-pointers to maintain spacing. Additionally, at just 25 years old, there's opportunity for growth ahead.

A summer league roster sport does not get Oliver an invitation to the Warriors' training camp roster but it gives him another chance to get in front of NBA teams and pro scouts.

The summer league starts Saturday and runs through Aug. 17 at Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on UNLV's campus. The 10-day competition includes 75 games and will air live on ESPN's networks or NBA TV. Every game also is available on the ESPN App. Oliver is not expected to play for the Warriors' California Classic team, which runs today and tomorrow at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento.

Oliver played for Nevada from 2015-17 and averaged 14.7 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 1.3 assists per game. He made 48.6 percent of his shots, including 36.9 percent of his threes.

You can watch our interview with Cameron Oliver from earlier this summer below.


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