By Marcus Thompson
Friday, June 8th, 2007 at 11:26 pm in Uncategorized.
Golden State of Mind started The Yi Movement, a pretty cool catch phrase for hype to get Chinese center Yi Jianlian to the Bay.
Word is the Warriors like Yi (Of course they do. Who doesn’t?) and are trying to move up to get him (Of course they are). He’s projected to go between 3 and 10. The question is, do the Warriors have to move up?
He apparently he has all the tools, according to the scouting reports. Most important, he can rebound and shoot and run the floor. That’s the combination the Warriors need.
What would you give up for Yi? Ellis? Biedrins?
I’ll tell you what, Richardson doesn’t get you into the top 10. Nor does anyone on the roster, save for Ellis and Biedrins plus the No. 18.
Who in the top 10 would want to take on Richardson’s contract instead of drafting Corey Brewer or Jeff Green or Nick Young? Who would rather have Harrington over Julian Wright or Al Thornton or Thaddeus Young?
Here’s an interesting twist: if Yi’s there at 10, the Warriors would have to trade with rival Sacramento in order to get Yi.
Another interesting twist: Phoenix will assuredly dangle Shawn Marion to move up. How will that impact the Warriors chances? Ditto for Chicago, who wants Yi as well.
This will likely be a moot point as Yi could very well go to Atlanta at No. 3 or Boston at No. 5. If he falls below 10, the Warriors chances decrease. Yi would certainly be the highest players left on the board for any team selecting 11th or lower. A smart GM would snatch him up even if to trade him later. The Warriors best bet is to find a way to get into the top 10. Though the cost might be too high, though.