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Harrison Barnes is an intriguing option at the number seven pick.
Who is the Warriors' starting small forward?
Dominic McGuire, Dorell Wright and Richard Jefferson all started at SF at various points throughout the season, but none of them really stood out.
All three of these guys would be great to bring in off the bench, but none of them are classified as bona fide starters.
McGuire is also an unrestricted free agent, which could potentially leave the Warriors shorthanded at an already prone position.
Here are my two options for the Warriors to obtain a starting small-foward.
1) Draft a Small Forward—Thomas Robinson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Harrison Barnes are three high-profile forwards projected to go in the top 10. All three are capable of starting at small-forward, and all have unlimited potential.
The only problem is they might all be gone before the No. 7 pick, meaning the Warriors would have to trade up to grab one of them.
ESPN's Chad Ford has Kidd-Gilchrist going second, Barnes going fourth and Robinson going fifth.
2) Trade the Pick for a Small Forward—Marcus Thompson II of the Contra Costa Times reported the Warriors might look to trade the No. 7 pick, along with other assets, for a small-forward.
The Warriors will also explore using the No. 7 pick to get a veteran. The Warriors' starting lineup—which is already set at four positions with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee and Andrew Bogut—is in desperate need of athleticism and experience. So Golden State may not want to give such a prime position to a rookie.
Golden State has long since had interest in Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala, who is exactly the playmaking athlete the Warriors need at small forward. Other small forwards high on their list, according to league sources, are Portland's Nick Batum, Indiana's Danny Granger and Memphis' Rudy Gay. And don't be surprised if the Warriors make a play for Atlanta forward Josh Smith.
In my opinion, this is the better option.
Sure, they might have to give up some other pieces, but if the Warriors can land a Danny Granger or a Rudy Gay, they will receive a bona fide starter at the small forward position.