Sleepers of the Draft

It probably doesn’t matter to the Warriors because No. 6 is too high for a sleeper, but there are some guys in this draft who haven’t gotten much attention but would be good on the Warriors. Some of these guys are good bets to wind up as stars, and we’ll all look back and wonder why they weren’t taken higher.

To be sure, it is not out of the realm of possibility that the Warriors could get one of these guys. Trading down might become a more attractive option on draft day. Golden State may be looking into already and just keeping it under wraps. They don’t want more young guys, but they could get a another first-round pick and keep No. 6 if they wanted to cash in some of their depth. At least Indiana and Miami are looking to trade out of the draft.

If there Warriors did go that route, here are some guys I think will be good and a good fit for the Warriors (Ekpe Udoh from Baylor had been my sleeper, but he doesn’t qualify anymore):

SF Paul George, Fresno State

Not even sure if he can be a sleeper anymore. He has blown up, thanks largely to a video clip of his workout in which he was abusing people. One thing the Warriors have needed for a while is someone other than the point guard who can create a shot from anywhere on the floor against good defense. SJax was the closest they had, but he was defendable (as evidenced by the high turnovers). The Warriors need a guy who can make it happen on his own, for others, in a half-court setting and in transition. I think George can do that. If the Warriors aren’t going to play D, the least they can do is be deadly on offense. Hard to do that with a bunch of guys who need help to score. All George needs is the rock.

SG/SF Xavier Henry, Kansas

The Warriors have nobody who is good enough on defense to stop a hot man or guard a big-time scorer like D-Wade well enough to not need to bring the whole kitchen sink. The trick is, in the Warriors’ offense-based system, he also has to be able to score – knock down an open 3 or produce in transition or get to the basket. Henry has the size, atheltic ability and desire to be that guy on defense, and the skills to still produce on offense. He can knock down the three, and maybe more. And he can do that right away.

PF Patrick Patterson, Kentucky

If you can’t go out and get Paul Milsap or Brandon Bass, this guy is the next best thing. He’s undersized, and not as polished on offense. But he’s going to get rebounds. He’s going to guard opposing big men. He’s going to provide some beef to whatever frontline he’s on. Warriors fans have longed for a player like that since Carlos Boozer abused Golden State in the 2007 playoffs, back when Matt Barnes was the low-post defender.

Patterson is small, listed at 6-8, but he can finish strong and the scouting report says he has nice touch and good hands. Watching Kentucky play, I noticed how he never tried to “go for his.” He did what he was supposed to do, defend and rebound and finish. He just seemed coachable. That usually equates to development.

PG Eric Bledsoe, Kentucky

I know, I know. The Warriors don’t need a PG. And with Curry and Ellis, the definitely don’t need a 6-1 PG. But I like this guy. With C.J. Watson is on his way out, I’d much rather Bledsoe backing up Curry than Charlie Bell. With Bledsoe, you won’t have to worry about energy. He can defend and get to the basket, and he would be a great type of player for Curry to practice against because he is strong and quick.

Marcus Thompson

  • A’s in 2010

    Sorry to go sorta off topic but C’MON MARCUS, tell me this Udoh rumor is just smoke!

    The track record for 23 year old guys drafted in the lotto is very BAD!!!

    VERY BAD!! Everyone knows this. Udoh is just an older, poor mans version of Randolph. Horrible pick at #6. Awful. Terrible idea. Just terrible. (Barkley voice) Turrible.

  • haastheman

    i like this larry sanders kid from VCU. He’s got good size, great athletism, plays defense and rebounds. What more could you ask for out of a young big man? I have a lot of respect for the Hayward kid out of butler for what he did in the tourny as well, he played his ass off.
    I’m not feelin these Kentuky players for some reason. Either Calipari can’t coach, the SEC was weak this year, or their players just ain’t that good. There’s no way you have five players drafted in the first round and your school leaves the tournament that early. I understand they are young players but…

  • A’s in 2010

    I agree on Larry Sanders. Now that’s a sleeper. I have a feeling OKC takes him, those guys are loaded.

  • haastheman

    I like Damion James out of Texas, and James Anderson out of Oklahoma st. too. Both are upperclassmen with good size for their respective positions. They’ve played big time college ball and their not 19 years old, so they won’t, or shouldn’t be too overwhelmed by the bay area.

  • deano

    Greivis Vasquez. Somehow this tall, hyperactive Maryland PG, the ACC Player of the Year, gets no respect. I see that some draft boards have recently moved him up, from the middle of the second round to the very end of the first. The Warriors badly need a back-up point guard, or Curry will get run into the ground.

  • Legacy510

    Dubs need to keep CJ Watson to play the backuo point. I would also trade up to get Demarcus Cousins. Wright or Biedrins plus our number six should move up into the number 4 or 5 spot in the draft. Cousins would give us a legitimate, athletic, offensive and defensive, rebounding presence in the middle.

    At that point our starting 5 could be Curry, Monta, Williams/Tolliver, Randolph and Cousins.

    That’s lineup as is, barring injuries, challenges for the 8th seed in the West, IMO.

    All we would need at that point would be legitimate 3 through free agency if possible to get us over the hump.

  • Paul George, PLEASE! True 3, and if we can swap ME8 for Rudy Gay, put Paul George at the 2 spot.

    He does say he believes he’s best fit as a SG.

    PAUL GEORGE, come this 6pm Thursday!

  • OregonGuy

    I see this as a 14 player draft (defined as players who would really help the Warriors as opposed to say, the Trailblazers) with no significant difference between 6 and 14. I would love for them to either trade the 6 for a decent SF plus another pick in the top 14 or trade for a 2nd lottery pick. Patterson, Udoh, Paul George and Xavier could all excel on the Warriors.

  • Kommon Senze

    Just a point of clarification on Patterson. He measured out at a legitimate 6’8 w/o shoes (or 3/4″ shorter than Udoh), with a standing reach of 8’11 (a 1/2″ higher than Udoh).

    Paul Millsap measured out at 6’6 1/4″ without shoes (and a standing reach of 8’9 1/4″)

    Brandon Bass measured out at 6’6 1/4″ without shoes (with a standing reach of 8’9 1/2″)

    You want to know who, measurement wise, Patterson compares most favorably too? Rony Turiaf. Turiaf measured out at 6’8″ without shoes with a 8’10 1/2″ standing reach back in 2005.

    Patterson, in fact, out weighs what Turiaf weighed coming out of college (240 lbs to 238).

  • Hook Mitchell

    How bout PF/C jajuan Johnson as a “sleeper?”

  • DKnight007

    Yeah, but the Sixers can get a dynamic player at the point like Ellis (which they also need) to pair up with Agwedola and Young and still get their big man with Cousins or Monroe at 6.

    2 for 1!

    The Warriors should also consider drafting XAVIER HENRY…..I think he is going to be a good one!

  • DKnight007

    Warriors….should try and trade Ellis and the 6th to Philly for the 2 and take Evan Turner! But they won’t.

    If not…trade down a few spots if possible and draft XAVIER HENRY!

  • DKnight007

    Silverstreak Says:
    June 22nd, 2010 at 5:43 pm
    Dear Warriors Management, Uhm, let me see… We finally make the playoffs and your answer is to let Baron go; The one important piece you had. Ilogical. Then you come back and sign Corey to big money. Plain stupid. From this, you fall on your face as usual. Then fans cheer that you’re finally able to clean up your sh*t and get nothing in return. This is your MO after all, making reaches and mistakes and cleaning it up while we get nothing in return. Get the hellouttahere!

    Exactly and they forced Mullin out the door, the guy who turned them into a winner….briefly!

  • PJ

    Best draft article from Bay Area media. MT2 always on top of it.

    Draft Paul George at 6 if Cousins doesn’t fall. No Monroe, No Aminu, No Edoh.

  • DKnight007

    Paul George or Xavier Henry!

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  • KennySeagle, Emperor of the North

    def georger is the sleeper in the lottery part

    & general greivus in the later part