By Marcus Thompson
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2007 at 8:58 pm in Uncategorized.
Since the Warriors couldn’t get either one, it would have been nice to see Greg Oden land in Boston and Kevin Durant wind up somewhere in Milwaukee or something.
Unfortunately for the Warriors, both are landing in the West. I know some of you think the Warriors are a lock for the No. 4 seed, but I think they are going to have to fight to get in again unless they make a move to significantly improve their roster. New Orleans, if they stay healthy, will be formidable, and you know the Clippers will respond.
With Portland landing the top pick, that puts another team in the mix. Check out their lineup now, assuming they pick Oden. PF Zach Randolph (who is an All-Star caliber player), F/C LaMarcus Aldridge, C Joel Przybilla, PG Jarret Jack (who might soon be replaced by Segio Rodriguez), SG Brandon Roy, Martell Webser (who has been disappointing), G Juan Dixon, F Travis Outlaw, even Darius Miles, who will come back from injury next season. They certainly have enough pieces to go out and get a quality small forward.
They are going to be tough.
Don’t sleep on Seattle either. Check out their starting lineup: Luke Ridnour, Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis (if they can resign him), Kevin Durant, Chris Wilcox. That leaves them a bench of Earl Watson, Nick Collison, Johan Petro, Robert Swift, Damien Wilkins, Mickael Gelabale, 7-footer Mouhamed Sene. That’s certainly enough to make a move.
Then there’s Memphis, which wasn’t as bad as their record. A healthy Gasol, a healthy Damon Stoudamire, Mike Miller, Rudy Gay, Hakim Warrick, plus maybe Al Horford or Brandon Wright or Yi Jianlian. They’re going to solid as well.
The Warriors, as currently comprised, might have a much harder time making the playoffs now.