Saturday, June 23, 2012


This list ranks draft prospects based on order of value to the Warriors in terms of immediate need and projected value within 3 or more years. When healthy, the Warriors aren't too far away from having a roster that could go deep into the playoffs. They have four staring positions set: Curry at PG, Thompson at SG, Lee at PF, and Bogut at C. There are a number of capable SF starters like Rush, McGuire, Jefferson, and Wright. As a rule of thumb, draft Best Available Player (projected 3 years out) and worry about rotations later. The important thing is to draft the best asset and not draft for need.

Once you get past Davis, there's a fantastic group of 3 players in MKG, Robinson, and Beal. After that, all hell breaks loose.
  1. Anthony Davis: no brainer franchise guy
  2. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: perfect fit for the current roster; shut down defender with a passion to win, an incredible work ethic, leadership skills, and the physical tools to succeed
  3. Thomas Robinson: proto PF who will rebound and defend; nice motor; rapid improvement 
  4. Bradley Beal: much hyped coming out of high school; came on strong towards the end of season
  5. Terrence Jones: big and physical enough to play PF; skilled enough to play some SF
  6. Dion Waiters: powerful combo guard with game similar to D. Wade; very good defensive potential
  7. Harrison Barnes: good scoring SF with face-up defense; athletic but doesn't seem to translate
  8. Myers Leonard: 7'-1" athletic big with a lot of upside; raw on offense but excellent finisher; has mid-range game
  9. Andre Drummond: major upside; project 2-3 years away; could contribute on defense right away; horrible free throw shooter
  10. Perry Jones: top-3 talent with motor issues and the tweener label; shies away from contact
  11. Jeremy Lamb: offensive-mind guard with excellent size
  12. Moe Harkless: young, SF with great size and upside; must improve shooting to become complete
  13. Royce White: top-10 talent with anxiety issues; does everything well except shoot and get on planes; point forward ideal role
  14. Damian Lillard: top PG in the draft; questions vs. better competition; light's out shooter
  15. Tyler Zeller: NBA ready big man with limited upside; underrated shooter; great character guy
  16. John Henson: one of top defenders in draft; rail thin; can he stay healthy vs. NBA bigs?
  17. Quincy Miller: prep superstar trying to return from devastating ACL injury; great at #30
  18. Jared Sullinger: one of NCAA's best bigs, but medical red-flag a stock killer

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