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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

  • 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.

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  • 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.