Wednesday, June 13, 2012

2012 MOCK DRAFT 1.0

On the bubble: Will Barton, Quincy Miller, Doron Lamb, Scott Machado, Kyle O'Quinn, Jared Cunningham

#7 Pick: Terrence Jones

With the starting PG, SG, PF, and C positions set, the Warriors need to either upgrade the SF position from Jefferson and Wright, to someone that better compliments the other 4 starters - someone who doesn't need the ball in his hands, is able to defend the perimeter, can rebound, can block shots, and is a capable passer. The Warriors basically need a guy that can do it all, with scoring as a low priority.

With MKG off the board, the likely remaining candidates at SF are Terrence Jones, Perry Jones, Royce White, and Moe Harkless. Is someone from that group 'BAP?' In a deep draft like this with no player free of any flaws or redflags, it's safe to say that BAP is in the eye of the beholder. When it's close, 'need' is the tiebreaker.

Although Terrence Jones is physically more PF than SF, the former PG has some of the skills and abilities to play at SF. He's an underrated passer with good shooting range and ball skills for his size. Jones' versatility will allow him to be a mismatch at both ends of the floor. He'll have to lose weight to gain quickness, but he's shown at Kentucky that he's capable of using his strength and length to change shots in the paint and on the wing. I expect the quicker SFs will be able to drive by, so coaches will have to draw match-ups accordingly, making sure that a rim protector like Bogut is there to clean up.

Terrence Jones adds toughness and helps at two positions. It's likely that Coach Mark Jackson and the competition will inspire him to play at a more consistently higher level than he did in Kentucky. When focused, Jones could be the best player on the floor.

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