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The Warriors’ Options at No. 7 Are Aplenty

The draft’s heavy hitters are now expected to come through downtown Oakland. So far, Golden State’s workouts have been filled with second-rounders and a few options at No. 30. But now that the Warriors have the No. 7 overall pick, you can expect the notables to come through.

General manager Bob Myers said a few agents were waiting to see how the draft order played out. But now, Myers said he expects his phone to ring off the hook. Landing at No. 7 opens up a huge window of options of the Warriors. Myers said he hopes to workout every player he can.

“We’ll get in as many people as we can,” Myers said. “I see no reason not to. Put them against each other the best you can. Hopefully they’ll come. I think they will.”

Myers said the depth is at the forward spot, and that is where the Warriors’ greatest needs are, so many of the top options are now on the board. Here is a look at 5 players the Warriors could take. The question is do they go for need, best player available or the player they fell in love with most.

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HARRISON BARNES, North Carolina

Position: Small forward

Age: 20

Size: 6-foot-8, 223 pounds

Stats: 17.1 points, 44 percent shooting, 5.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists

Strengths: He combines good size and athleticism. He’s a scorer who proved to be a shot-maker in college. He can shoot it pretty well and has NBA range, though he’s better in spot-up and catch-and-shoot situations.

Weaknesses: Barnes is not the kind of small forward the Warriors typically like since he’s not good at creating shots for others. He’s not the point-forward type and he tends to stick on the perimeter. Despite his size, he’s not especially physical either – which doesn’t bode well for his defense.

Fit with Warriors: He’s considered the second-best small forward, a position the Warriors need to upgrade. And he’s an NBA-ready scorer. But the Warriors need someone who can create shots for others, and that’s not Barnes’ game. He doesn’t significantly boost the team’s athleticism either. He’s a good value pick, and probably the best player available, but he’s not exactly what they need to put with the four other starters. Would be good off the bench early in his career though.

 

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PERRY JONES III, Baylor

Position: Small forward/Power forward

Age: 20

Size: 6-foot-11, 221 pounds

Stats: 13.5 points, 50 percent shooting, 7.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists

Strengths: A load of potential, thanks to his size, athleticism and youth. He’s long, covering a lot of ground. He can shoot a little bit and can play both forward positions depending on his supporting cast.

Weaknesses: He confessed his “motor” needed to improve, which is why he stayed at Baylor for a year. On top of that, his skill set is raw, making him a high-risk pick. He just doesn’t have the feel for the game you’d like.

Fit with Warriors: He would definitely be an injection of athleticism and size. He has the potential to be a good defender, something the Warriors also need. But Golden State, according to sources, isn’t high on him. He has too many question marks. Considering the Warriors need to make the playoffs next season, they can’t afford to draft someone so high-risk as Perry Jones.

 

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JARED SULLINGER, Ohio State

Position: Power forward/Center

Age: 20

Size: 6-foot-9, 280 pounds

Stats: 17.5 points, 51.9 percent shooting, 9.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists

Strengths: He’s a big guy who knows how to use his size. But he also has great footwork, soft hands and deft touch, which makes him one of the best low-post scorers in the draft. Also a pretty good passer, especially out of post-up situations. He’s shown signs of a developing jumper, also.

Weaknesses: He’s not a great athlete and he’s one whose weight will be an issue.  He has problems producing against long, athletic types. His game befits a center, especially since he can’t stretch the floor. But he’s undersized as a center.

Fit with Warriors: He doesn’t really fit unless he’s coming off the bench. Golden State is set at the positions he can play, so the chances of him being a difference maker for the Warriors are slim. Plus, the Warriors don’t really need a subpar athlete, though Sullinger could provide some inside scoring. He’d be aa good if somehow Andrew Bogut isn’t healthy. But the Warriors can afford to spend the No. 7 pick on a precaution.

 

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JEREMY LAMB, Connecticut

Position: Shooting guard

Age: 20

Size: 6-foot-5, 185 pounds

Stats: 17.7 points, 47.8 percent shooting, 4.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists

Strengths: For a shooting guard, he has good size. He’s long as a holiday weekend and has enough athleticism to get anywhere he wants on the court. He’s a natural scorer who shoots it really well if he’s not forcing shots. His sophomore season allowed him to develop more as a ball-handler, playmaker, which will benefit him in the pros.

Weaknesses: He needs to get stronger and smarter. He’s not good at getting to the free throw line and he needs work at creating offense for others. He has the tools to be a good defender, but didn’t seem interested in defense at times. But part of that can be attributed to the load he carried on offense.

Fit with the Warriors: Lamb is basically a duplicate of Klay Thompson, though not as good a shooter. Lamb seems to be the better playmaker, but the difference isn’t big enough for him to replace Thompson. The only way Golden State could use Lamb is if they feel Thompson can slide over to small forward. But even then, Thompson is not the kind of small forward the Warriors really need, so they’d still be left wanting. Selecting Lamb would be simply a value pick.

 

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TERRENCE  JONES, Kentucky

Position: Small forward/Power forward

Age: 20

Size: 6-foot-9, 249 pounds

Stats: 12.3 points, 50 percent shooting, 7.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists

Strengths: The former high school point guard is highly skilled. He can handle, penetrate and pass like a small forward. But in his sophomore season at Kentucky he showed he can produce inside. Has nice footwork, is calm under pressure and has the physicality to finish strong. He has the size, length, athleticism and toughness to be a force on defense.

Weaknesses: He’s a bit of a tweener because he’s talented enough and flawed enough at both positions to not really know where he belongs. His jumper needs a lot of work and he’s been known to disappear. Can get out of control at times. Not as explosive as you’d like.

Fit with Warriors: He’s probably the best fit for small forward other than his college teammate, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. He’s has the athleticism, the body and some of the skills they want. But the transition to small forward in the NBA (from power forward at Kentucky) is going to come with its bumps and bruises. But he comes with some risk, thanks to his questionable motor and lack of definitive position. He would be much more ideal if the Warriors could nab him later in the draft. If he’s available between 17 and 25, which some mock drafts believe he will be, Golden State may be able to use their remaining three picks to get high enough to nab him. That would be a steal and much more value than taking him at No. 7.

Marcus Thompson

  • BugsyMogues

    Is the need for a playmaking SF mitigated by the fact that our 4 and 5 are good passers? Or are they looking for more of an initiator rather than a facillitator?

  • EvanZ

    Terrence Jones will be a disaster. Warriors absolutely need frontcourt depth and Sullinger could eventually replace Lee. We’ll regret not picking him in the long run.

  • Marcus Thompson

    BugsyMogues,

    There is some truth to that. But that is only effective in a half-court set and not in transition. And even then, the Warriors would only have Stephen Curry who can get into the lane. They need a secondary option, someone who can create from nothing. But yes, running O through Bogut will limit need for a playmaking SF.

  • Scrub

    Trade the 7th pick along with any combination of the multiple late round picks and player(s), to move up and grab Andre Drummond. Think BIG.

  • Martina

    If you’re looking to supplant/replace Dorell Wrght, then I suppose Harrison Barnes is a good pick.

    I like Sullinger if he loses 15 pounds and stays healthy.

  • JFish

    After the 7th pick, I’d like to see, them package a few later picks and move up take Arnett Moultrie – Seems like has many of the skills W’s need… REBOUNDING, size.

    Young senior, so has a more polished game than some of the Freshmen/Sophs.

  • rockridge

    Barnes, Jones or Sullinger…

    I understand the questions about Sullinger’s lack of athleticism — but I think Bogut is tall enough and can block/change enough shots for Sully and Bogut to play together.

    Lets go Dubs!

  • dknight007

    Perry Jones should be the pick for the W’s or Barnes. Perry Jones has big time upside and he won’t be expected to start right away and can work his way into the rotation behind Wright at the 3 spot.

    Perry Jones has the size and athleticism you want in a small forward at the 3 spot and he has a good inside/outside game and can handle the rock. Just needs to be coached up, just like anyother rookie. If the W’s aren’t high on him, then they are just plain “high” and delusional.

    Sullinger is going to be garbage. They don’t need Lamb, and Terrance Jones has a low ceiling.

    If they W’s don’t take Perry Jones or Harrison Barnes at #7, they need to TRADE DOWN!

  • dknight007

    6.rockridge Says:
    May 31st, 2012 at 10:49 am
    Barnes, Jones or Sullinger…

    I understand the questions about Sullinger’s lack of athleticism — but I think Bogut is tall enough and can block/change enough shots for Sully and Bogut to play together.

    Lets go Dubs!

    ^^^^^^^^
    Sullinger is going to be a garbage NBA player. He has no big time upside and he would be absolute terrible pick for the W’s….to go along with the many terrible picks this team has had.

  • manhattanproj

    didn’t even remember lamb as a possible pick. he was tabbed as a top-5 pick after last year ncaa run. i think he can be a creator in the pro. someone that can create off the dribble. just a matter if the w’s want 2 SGs in the lineup.

    i’m not a fan of t.jones @ 7. don’t think he has the athleticism to stay with nba 3s.

  • rockridge

    Moultrie would be awesome if we could find a way to move up from #30…

    If not Jeffery Taylor or Royce White.

  • BugsyMogues

    I understand the focus on the 3 spot here, but this team has a lot of holes: scoring off the bench, back up guard(s) who can defend, a backup big man, and athleticism.

  • rockridge

    Dknight #7

    “Perry Jones has big time upside and he won’t be expected to start right away and can work his way into the rotation behind Wright at the 3 spot.”

    Bob Myers said he wanted a starter with the #7 pick… Wright and his expiring contract will be shipped out. I agree with Jones III “upside” but there is more to basketball than hypothetical “upside.” How many young guys whit high “upside” never live up to their potential???

    I like Jones III and he has the “highest ceiling” in the draft — but also the most bust potential. Sully doesn’t have the athleticism of Jones but has a higher basketball IQ and a MUCH HIGHER MOTOR.

    Jones admitted himself he doesn’t have as high a motor as he should… Not a good sign for a guy to come out and admit he’s basically lazy.

  • deano

    If those guys are the choices at #7, I’d try to trade the pick to Houston for their #14 and #16 – where GSW would probably get a desperately needed back-up center (Zeller or Leonard) and a moderately needed SF (TJones) or back-up PF (Moultrie).

  • Young

    Excellent article, addressed each draftee I was looking at. Sucks that all players have downsides for us.

    Next can you breakdown trade scenarios / who might be available for the pick(s)?

  • ivanbe

    Heading into the draft thinking Small Forward is a mistake. Also a mistake: thinking in terms of 2012′s starting rotation.

    First, I think it’s a bit of a myth that SF is the W’s biggest need. It’s the weakest ink in the starting five, but we have more NBA-caliber depth at SF than at any other position, and it’s not even close. Wright, Rush, and Jefferson are all capable of spreading the floor, hitting corner threes, and not making too many mistakes.

    Meanwhile look at PF and C. Tyler is awful, Biedrins is a lost cause, and McGuire is such a negative on the offensive end that you can’t rely on him playing significant minutes. Your guard rotation is pretty weak as well: Rush is the backup 2 but doesn’t have the foot speed to defend some of the quicker SGs (not to mention the two-PG lineups you’re starting to see more these days); and I like Jenkins, but a veteran lead guard should be on the radar, with Steph’s health concerns in mind.

    You don’t draft for need: you draft the best player available. But even if you *do* let your needs affect who you draft, I think the W’s should be looking PF/C. The gap between Barnes and Wright is smaller than the one between Sullinger and whoever we send out there when Lee hits the bench.

  • http://ibabuzz.com antispy3

    Sullinger plays below the rim & was exposed by COLLEGE talent this past year. he would follow in the footsteps of past Warrior draft failures.

    With the likes of Curry & Thompson benefiting the W’s in the past they need to keep the draft momentum going & take perry Jones. he has handles, thus he has the potential to make his teammates better, has a bit of a midrange game, plays good defense & will be a matchup nightmare for other 3′s.

    Perhaps the W’s are discounting his game as a smokescreen. . .

    All the likely suspects (as a 3) come with flaws to their games. PJones has the best upside to offset his weaknesses, which are mainly attributed to playing out of position as a 4/5 in college. Perhaps this contrubuted to his “motor” problems. . .

  • Young

    @ #16 I was thinking the same thing, but you said it great!

    #17 maybe you can the rest of us understand why this Perry Jones is more than just talent. I never watched him before, but he averaged more points as a freshman than a sophomore and he only scored 13.9 PPG as a freshman…not dominate by any standards

  • Joe

    Maybe not with the 7th overall pick, but the W’s need to draft a decent back-up for Steph. As for the Iguodala discussions, he may just be a small improvement from Corey Maggette so I would nix that idea.

  • rotfogel

    I watched college basketball.
    Andre Drummond was complete and utter garbage. I watched him get outrebounded by 6-5 guards on a regular basis. What did he average in the tourney? Like 2 and 2? We want that clown? Please.
    Perry Jones is a tall player with average skills across the board. Not really a good defender, not a good shooter, not a good dribbler.
    People are really sleeping on Terrance Jones. Did anyone watch the tourney? He was a shutdown defender who can hit a three. He was on a great team so he didn’t score a ton, but the guy can dribble, shoot and is a great, not good, defender.
    I’ll settle with Sulinger, he reminds me a lot of David West and I certainly wouldn’t mind that coming off the bench. Great rebounder and good shooter, albeit not the best defender.

  • rotfogel

    Oh, and there’s a zero percent chance that Barnes falls to the W’s. Nice thinking though, keep dreaming.

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    Well put Ivanbe…

  • Gummy

    Harrison Barnes seems like a bigger reggie willams ..

  • Niners in 2012

    It’s a 7 player draft! Not really, but I believe there’s a drop of after 7, we’re in a good spot!

    Won’t be there at #7
    1 A.Davis
    2 MKG
    3 T.Robinson
    4 Beal

    BPA: 5 Drummond, 6 Sullinger, 7 Barnes. Everyone else is not worthy of a top 7 selection.

  • Niners in 2012

    Taking Terrence Jones #7 would be drafting for need. Have we not learned our lesson yet?

  • FatSchlub

    The best scenario would be to trade the pick (or picks) for a vet wing. Some of the names being tossed around (Iggy) would be much better than whoever they could get with the 7th pick. Here’s an idea. Trade Biedrins and the #7 pick to Dallas for Shawn Marion. Marion could be plugged right into the starting 5 (ahead of Jefferson), great wing defender who can still score and guard the other teams best player, and comes from a great program. Both AB and Marion have 3 years left, so to sweeten the deal for Dallas, you throw in the 7 pick. Dallas would like to dump Marion anyways, this way they get value back, and who knows, maybe AB can be a decent backup in Dallas. A starting 5 of Curry/Klay/Marion/Lee/Bogut is strong defensively at the 3 and 5, and strong offensively at the 1,2, and 4. Good balance.

  • Mr. Mean

    I would agree with #16 that it would be a mistake drafting a 3 at the 7spot. But I don’t agree with his assessment of Mc Guire who would be an excellent choice as a wing defender who can pass,rebound and has a lot of toughness, all of which the starting unit needs, not another shooter.
    That being said, I would love it if we traded up to the #2 position for Thomas Robinson who could eventually start. Failing that, I would go for PJ III at the 7 spot. Yes, he’s quite raw but he’s been tearing it up during the team auditions and showing what he’s capable of.
    If he’s not available, we could easily trade down a bit and end up with Henson or Zeller rather than taking them at the #7 spot. That trade should include D. Wright for sure.
    Our biggest need is another big, by far, and this draft’s loaded with them.

  • rotfogel

    Drafting Terrance Jones is what the W’s should do if they like winning and making the playoffs. Has anyone noticed how big that kid is? Almost 250 lbs at SF/PF and can defend better than anyone else on the warriors AND hits the three! Did you not like young Ron Artest? He’s exactly like Ron except he’s not nuts. He is the perfect pick period. Perry Jones wasn’t good in college, why would he be good in the pros?

  • ivanbe

    #27: I really like McGuire’s rebounding, defense, and tough energy. I do. But inserting him as a starting SF and giving him significant minutes will just murder you offensively. Opposing teams will simply not guard him, and that makes the game much harder for everybody else, who will constantly see Dom’s defender helping off him. If he could shoot a corner 3 even at 35% then that’s a different story.

    We really need more two-way players. I think Sullinger is better than T Jones, but Jones does have more versatility on both sides of the court.

  • Stan

    It seems like over two months since the Warriors last played..and the NBA playoffs are only half way done. Sheesh.

  • Black-White Kidd

    I couldn’t imagine Myers not attempting to go after the game-changer that the W’s so desperately need, especially a young player that they can retain for 10+ years. Mullin seems like the last great franchise player, and with the new stadium going up soon it seems like a practical business move as well. Filling a single spot on a five man roster with six needy teams in front seems pretty daunting to not explore other possibilities aggressively.

  • WarriorRaiderA’s

    Word out here is the W’s will try to move up to the 2 spot in a trade w bobcats to get the “christ” at SF, apparently the kid can play some D. Our second option is to trade down and nab C leonard, and either PF moultrie, or tweener SF/pf jones. W’s are not to hot at the choices at 7.

  • RamboDave

    I like what FatSchlub,#26 said above. If we can’t move up to the #2 spot, I would trade the 7th pick for a veteran like either Iggy or Marion, for our small forward needs.

    And then let’s use our mid-level exemption to bring back Kwami Brown for our backup center. Remember, even though we traded him to the Bucks, he is now a free agent. All we need is a backup center to play defense. Kwami is a better option at backup center than anyone we could draft. And he proved himself in the games he played for us this year. He totally dominated in the paint on defense.

    Could David Lee play both the 3 & 4 positions interchangebly at the same time Perry Jones III is on the floor ? That might be an interesting combo that would give us real good size.

    Forget the 2 Connectict players. They were “one & done” in the tourney. I watched that game. These guys just dissapeared when everything was on the line.

  • dan

    The W’s need a guy who can drive to the basket because they have none today. Curry and Thompson are not really drivers. Nate can but he is a bench guy.

    San Anton have Parker and Manu. Miami has Bron Bron and Wade. Celts have Rondo.

    You need guys that can create or slash to the basket.

  • Gizzle

    Dorrell wright was the best defender in the starting lineup and a sharpshooting 3 point threat remember he lead the league in 3s made. I beleve he would be very valable as the 5th option with bogut drawing double teams he and lee would find him, wright should stay unless we tdade up for mkg. Warriors should draft zeller because the sf in the draft besides mkg are too iffy and only MAYBE a slight upgrade when we can take care of the real weakness on the team andris beidrins I mean if bogut get 2 quick fouls or foul trouble period we are back to the same ol warriors with beidrins and center is the most difficult position to fill (kwame brown 7 million). With zeller the the center position will be completed 1st and 2nd string finally thats worth a lottery pick to me, wright jefferson and rush are good fits. Also this is a bit crazy but we should trade beidrins, the 30 and 35 picks to boston for their second round pick this year and a 1st next year or the year after because we dont need all those picks and we git rid of beidrins and his 9 million dollar contract so we can match any offer to keep rush he is top priority. Boston will have some extra $ because ray allen aint coming back and beidrins I believe will be a perfect fit for rondo. And honestly I want a veteran pf to back up david lee fhats defensive minded and can maybe hit a jumper when needed an oh yea thats over 6’9

  • Gizzle

    Im lookibg forward to seeing the starting lineup with bogut will have a field day on the low block oneon one because teams cant double him because if they double off curry open automatic 3, double off of klay automatic 3, double off of wright automatic 3, and double off of lee automatic midrange jumper or he will finish at the rim and fhe same goes for jenkins, rush, and nate maybe. DRAFT ZELLER we need him as a backup center liks I said before its the harsest position to fill, its really our biggest need and he can play pf if needed imagine during the game maybe bogut and zeller playing together 2 sever footers, sounds familiar haha. All in all remember we lost epke udoh but zeller is a better center, we need 2nd string 4s and 5s more than anything not a MAYBE slight upgrade at sf, bogut will enhance the whole starting lineup dorrell wright will benefit big time.

  • roadster

    I think Dorell Wright will be traded this year. Rush might be our SF and draft a reserve for future. On the other hand we need to rebound so building the bench is very important. We can’t assume Bogut and Curry to be playing 60-80 games. We need some backups. I think Nate Robinson will be let go if more than $3M. Need to unload Biedrens salary to succeed this year.

  • Gizzle

    We dont need no sg period we got klay and rush hopefully, harrison barnes got exposed when marshall got injured in the tournament he cant create his own shot we are better off with wright, we dont need sullinger because we already have an undersized pf david lee besides he is not athletic, and perry jones is lazy andhas the highest bust rate on him I dont see a potental durant I see a anthony wright all over again. Zeller for our team is worth the 7th pick he is a solid productive backup 7 footer that will hit the weight room and play behind bogut when he sits and behind lee if needed. He is the piece we need to make a strong playoff run, keep dorrell wright he fits perfectly with bogut in the inside out game he dont need to do too much but do what he do best spot up and shoot that 3 and be a good defender especially with boguts help enfodcing the paint

  • Gizzle

    Rush is better as a 6th man and wright should staybecause his defense and his 3 point shooting remember 2 years ago he lead the league in 3s made and richard jefferson should back him up because he has older legs and wright is a better defender. The only significant upgrade at sf in the draft is mkg and if we dont move up to get him then I say stay with dorrell wright

  • marc

    Nobody really knows, it is all speculation. Everybody said Kevin Love had no upside and was limited athletically. I see no reason Sullinger cannot be a very good pro. You have to measure the heart as well.

  • rotfogel

    I like Sullinger just as much as I liked Ike Diago out of college. I still don’t know why Ike wasn’t any good. Baffles me actually.

  • Marcus Thompson

    #25 Niners in 2012

    And I’m not sure he really fits the need

  • Stan

    Sad news…ex Warrior Robert Parrish sold his 1981 championship ring. Probably for the obvious reason. He also played for the Celtics, btw…

  • PhillyJ

    #7 to Hornets for Al-Farouq Aminu and #10

    Draft Meyers Leonard or any of the Joneses with #10. Aminu is strong on D and better SF prospect than anyone else left in this draft beyond #7.

    Hornets will take Lillard with #7.

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    For a Warriors centric draft breakdown check out The First Annual Mock Mock Draft…

    http://www.trappedingoldenstate.com/2012/06/first-annual-mock-mock-draft.html

  • rotfogel

    PhillyJ,
    Are you a Warriors fan or someone trying to hijack the Ws? Al-Farouq Aminu? Have you seen that guy play the game of basketball? He’s not very good at that game and is nowhere close to as good as Terrance Jones is right now. Meyers Leonard is a project, Tyler Zeller just dominated him in a workout.

  • earl monroe

    I am an absolute no on Rudy Gay, how about you Marcus?

  • Ultimate Warrior

    No we don’t need a small foward, shooting guard or 6’8 power foward. It’s insanity repeating the mistakes of the last 16 years. How about a legit pass first Point Guard in Kendall Marshall? If we aren’t going to get a big in the top 4, Let’s draft Arnett Moultrie a legit 6’11 power foward, explosive above the rim with small foward skills and foot work.

  • Young

    agreed about rudy gay. He’s not a competitor. If we do get a vet at sf, I hope its Josh Smith…

  • Oaklandsfinest

    I thought this was suppose to be one of the deepest drafts in awhile. Everything I read doesnt sound like people are to enamored with our draft options.

    Glad to know we have one of the best drafters of all time in Jerry West. He will make sure we get value for the pick.

  • Stan

    What kind of crazy fashion statement is LeBron making with glasses…that have no glass?..I thought it was just me to see that until I heard a sports show mention it this morning.
    Is that like going to the Wizard for brains?

  • Stan

    BASG MT2 said that the Warriors don’t allow tweeting. Why would they do that for basketball??

  • Nick

    Put a package together that can land A) Andre iguodala/Rudy Gay/Danny Granger. If 7+30 + Dorell + Cash + one of our 2nd rounders doesn’t net one of em (and it probly won’t) put the same package together for B) the 2nd pick (MKG). The bobcats are probably more interested in the extra picks, but 30 probably isnt gonna look too good to them, and I doubt adding a 2nd rounder sweetens the deal enough.

    Elegantly simple, this would be the best way to move forward. However, I wouldn’t bank on it. We could also try to move down (Houston has picks 14 and 16, though I dont think there’s any evidence that they’re seriously interested in the 7th pick) so most likely we’ll have to just pick 7th unless we wanna make a package for a picks 4 or 5 or something. Drummond would be interesting and have time to develop behind our bigs, but I think a better move is to take sully and use our midlevel exception to bring Kwame back. That gives us a deep and solid front court.

    We obviously need back court depth as well, but given how cheap he is, I’d rather take the chance and see how charles jenkins develops before we bury him on the depth chart by drafting a PG as curry insurance. with the 30th pick we can go after someone like Draymond Green or Royce White (If they’re there). I think they could both end up as starting 3′s and White could even end up runnign the point-forward as the starter we’re looking for. Regardless, I’m happy to load up the front court and take chances on combo guards and the like with our 2nd round picks, maybe even stash somebody abroad (or would that be to spurs-like for the dubs?). The starting lineup is set except for the three, where dorell will hopefully be serviceable with Jefferson behind him, and Rush as the swingman backing up Klay. I wouldn’t force it by drafting a 3 we’re not sure about at 7. I really don’t like Perry Jones’ swag, and I’m not confident any of the threes we could get would be as big a difference over dorell/jefferson/rush as a solid rotation big like sullinger would make on our non-existent depth.

    The pieces are coming together, I just hope we do this right! We can be a deep team with an even talent distribution that will be attractive to a FA superstar when guys like Biedrins come off the books in a couple years. Regardless, I still think this this a playoff team that could be put over the top in the not too distant future with the addition of a big time free agent. I definitely trust myers to do the right thing.

  • dknight007

    If the Warriors take Sullinger or Terrance Jones, it will just be another sorry bad pick by this historically bad franchise.

    The ONLY two players the Warriors should draft at #7 are Perry Jones III or Harrison Barnes!

  • dknight007

    28.rotfogel Says:
    June 1st, 2012 at 7:20 am
    Drafting Terrance Jones is what the W’s should do if they like winning and making the playoffs. Has anyone noticed how big that kid is? Almost 250 lbs at SF/PF and can defend better than anyone else on the warriors AND hits the three! Did you not like young Ron Artest? He’s exactly like Ron except he’s not nuts. He is the perfect pick period. Perry Jones wasn’t good in college, why would he be good in the pros?

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Perry Jones has greater upside than the one dimensional Terrance Jones. Terrance Jones was just a product of the Kentucky system. Jones wasn’t even the 3rd best player on that Kentucky team IMO.

  • http://www.trappedingoldenstate.com/ Trapped in Golden State

    Put your picks up against other Warrior fans, “Draft Experts” and mine…

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    King of the Golden State Mockers will be crowned June 29th!

  • river’s edge

    so 47 and 49 are anti gay. lol

  • Harp’s Dubs

    Biedrins, Jefferson and DWright for Rashard Lewis. Lewis’s contract is up at the end of this season, which is better than having to wait two years until AB and RJ are off our books.

  • moreaufan2

    I am late to the party but there is no way Terrence jones would be a bad choice, we arent looking for a guy who will lead us in scoring but a guy who can help us defensively, and thats what he bring husstle and he can rebound which we need much help with. Barnes wouldnt be bad either but not sure if he would be the best option. Perry Jones is an in betweener, not sure if he can truly play the 3 position.

  • anhdazman

    What are these crazy GSW fans talking about Dorell Wright playing GOOD DEFENSE?? He averages 1 steal a game, less than 1/2 a block a game and at 6’9 being an outside shooter, he only has 4.6 rebounds a game. Wright is a below average defensive player at the 3.
    If Wright was so good, why are there all this talk about bringing Iguodala, Batum, Josh Smith or Granger aboard. It’s because the guys I just mentioned, KNOWS a little something about defense.
    Most rookies coming in, are not very good defenders. MKG have been mentioned to be able to cover the 1,2 and 3 position. But unless you move to #2, GSW won’t have a shot at him.
    GSW are highly unlikely to draft 4 guys this year after picking up and probably keeping 4 rookies from last year’s roster.
    Also, just cutting Biedrins is not an option, this isn’t like the NFL roster where you can just easily cut guys off the roster.