Prospecting: Who Should the Golden State Warriors Draft at No. 7?

Ethan Sherwood StraussNBA Lead WriterApril 27, 2012

LEXINGTON, KY - APRIL 17:  Terrence Jones of the Kentucky Wildcats talks with the media during the news conference in which he announced he will enter the NBA draft at Joe Craft Center on April 17, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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As broken by ESPN's Beckley Mason: The coin flipped the right way for the Warriors, a stroke of luck for an organization that needs good fortune just as much as it perhaps doesn't deserve it.

Golden State has "earned" the right to a seventh spot in the upcoming lottery selection. This means that the Warriors will likely keep a pick that recently looked to be headed to Utah.

To make Warriors fans nervous, I'll note that their chances of still losing the pick are roughly equivalent to those of Baron Davis missing a free throw.

Even with concerns that the pick still might slip away, GSW fans are now permitted to at least look ahead.

At the seventh spot, the Dubs could potentially take Jared Sullinger, Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, John Henson, Perry Jones or Terrence Jones.

Of those possibilities, Sullinger is probably the best pick, but projects out to something of a David Lee clone. He also could very well be gone by No. 7.

So, were I Bob Myers, my lot would be cast with mercurial Kentucky forward Terrence Jones. He was underused due to UK's talent glut, but still managed a fine season, averaging 12.3 points and 7.2 boards on 50 percent shooting.

More importantly, Jones registered nearly two blocks a game, a stat that often correlates well to pro success for college prospects. 

Jones has fallen this far on account of attitude issues and the dreaded "tweener," status, but after the top three picks, teams are looking for bargains. This is how you find one.