Friday, April 6, 2012


Although I love the thought of drafting Anthony Davis, perhaps a more realistic goal would be to trade up in the draft to acquire Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. In my estimation, he's exactly what the Warriors need to round out their Starting 5.

Elite athlete
Prototypical size for SF
Elite defender
Amazing motor
Unbelievable will to win
Excellent rebounder
Attacks the rim on offense
Terrific transition player and finisher

Kidd-Gilchrist might have not put up the most impressive stat lines on his team, but there was no doubt that he was the heart and soul of the Wildcats. He did all the little things needed to win, whether it be locking down the opponents best player, motivating his teammates to get a stop, helping on defense, hustling for lose balls, inhaling rebounds, or stepping aside to insure his teammates get out of a slump.

Although MKG has anxiety talking in front of large groups, he's a true professional when it comes to letting his play do the talking on the court. He'll need to work hard on improving his shot, but given his work ethic, its a good bet that he can develop that part of his game. With all the shooters on the Warriors, MKG will be able to easily find seams and do what he does best in the paint - slither through, explode above defenders, and finish the play.

If the Warriors can keep their Top 7 pick, I'd consider trading No. 7 , No. 27 (Spurs pick) and any player besides Curry, Thompson, Lee, and Bogut to get him. He's projected to go at No. 2 or 3, so we'll have to give up a lot to get him. A player as relentless as Kidd-Gilchrist is hard to find and will be well worth the price. Scoring the No. 2 pick in the draft lottery would be preferable, but by the way the Warriors are playing down the stretch, it's going to be tough enough just to keep No. 7.

Warriors 2012/13
PG: Curry
SG: Thompson
SF: Kidd-Gilchrist
PF: Lee
C: Bogut

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