NBA Draft Rumors: 5 Better Prospects Than Dion Waiters for Golden State Warriors

Roy BurtonContributor IJune 28, 2012

NBA Draft Rumors: 5 Better Prospects Than Dion Waiters for Golden State Warriors

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    The latest draft buzz surrounding the Golden State Warriors has the team taking Syracuse combo guard Dion Waiters with the No. 7 overall pick.

    However, with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson already manning the backcourt, the Warriors would be better served by using their lottery selection on one of the other talented players in the deep 2012 draft class.

    So with that in mind, let's take a look at five prospects that would be a better fit for Golden State with the No. 7 pick.

Harrison Barnes

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    The best-case scenario for Golden State would be North Carolina forward Harrison Barnes—a fantastic shooter who would fit in nicely alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Barnes already looks the part of an NBA player and should have no problems stepping right into the Warriors' starting lineup.

    Golden State might be the best-case scenario for Barnes as well: With other players on the team to carry the scoring burden, Barnes' flaws (primarily, his inability to consistently create his own shot) won't be as evident as they would be in a different situation.

Andre Drummond

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    The team drafting Andre Drummond will likely need a fair amount of patience, but with David Lee and Andrew Bogut, Golden State can afford to use its lottery pick on the 7' UConn prospect.

    Drummond is an extremely skilled big man who will instantly be one of the more imposing big men in the entire league. He was a fantastic defender in the Big East last season, but he could use a year or two in a reserve role as he learns how to use his body (specifically, his massive wingspan) more effectively.

John Henson

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    University of North Carolina power forward John Henson may need a year or two to add weight to his 216-pound frame, but he'll provide a much-needed interior presence for a Golden State team that had trouble with opposing bigs last season.

    In terms of points per game, the Warriors had the second-worst defense in the NBA last year (101.2 PPG). By drafting the 6'10" Henson at No. 7, Golden State would add one of the best shot blockers in all of college basketball (2.89 BPG in 2011-12, 12th in the nation), as well as an extremely productive rebounder and scorer.

Damian Lillard

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    Lillard doesn't seem like an obvious choice given the fact that Golden State already has a prolific scoring point guard in Steph Curry, but the Weber State product may be far too talented to pass up at No. 7.

    The 6'3" Lillard isn't a natural playmaker, but he's a very heady player who can fill it up in a moment's notice. If there isn't a forward on the board that Golden State is enamored with at No. 7, don't be surprised to see Lillard put on the Warriors' draft cap by the end of the night.

Terrence Ross

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    Terrence Ross probably projects better as a shooting guard in the NBA, but the 6'7" swingman from the University of Washington is long and athletic enough to play either the 2 or 3.

    Ross is far better at attacking the basket than Klay Thompson, but he can also step out beyond the arc (37.1 percent on three-point attempts last season).

    With a trio of Ross, Thompson and Curry forcing defenses to stay honest, current big men David Lee and Andrew Bogut should have more than enough freedom to work in the low post.