The strange journey of DeMarcus Nelson from Duke to the NBA took another sudden turn Monday when the former Sheldon High star was cut by the Golden State Warriors.
Nelson went from long shot to make the roster, the hometown team for the Vallejo native, to becoming the first undrafted rookie to start on opening night since the Warriors moved from Philadelphia before the 1962-63 season. But his minutes fluctuated wildly, until Nelson was sent down to the Development League affiliate in Bakersfield. He received positive reviews for his play there and Golden State brought him back in mid-December.
In five appearances after returning to the NBA, he played 20, one, nine, 16 and eight minutes, before the bad news came Monday and Nelson was a free agent again.
His totals from the two stints: 13 games, 13.1 minutes, 4.1 points.
The Warriors used the roster spot to sign Jermareo Davidson to a 10-day contract. Davidson was a 2007 second-round pick by Golden State who had been playing for Idaho in the D-League.