Not to mix sports metaphors, but if the 2012 Warriors draft looked like a home run at the time, it's beginning to look like a three-run jack.
No. 7 pick Harrison Barnes is a top Rookie of the Year contender, pick No. 30 Festus Ezeli has already become a menace on defense and on the glass and No. 35 selection Draymond Green has outplayed several lottery picks.
The way all three rookies have played is encouraging, but the rate at which they are growing should have Warriors fans ecstatic.
In his first few games, Harrison Barnes played like a rookie: timid on offense, slow on defense and overmatched across the board. Quickly, he began attacking the basket, getting on the glass and playing tougher defense. Now, 15 games into his career, he looks more like a leader than a rookie.
Festus Ezeli was incredibly raw early on, missing everything he put up and fouling too often on defense. Then, Andrew Bogut's injury problems forced Ezeli into the Warriors starting lineup. He responded to the challenge exceptionally, becoming a ferocious rebounder, post defender and, slowly but surely, a better offensive player.
Draymond Green barely saw the court early in the season, and his garbage-time play didn't turn any heads. He looked more lost and fazed than Barnes or Ezeli, which is saying something. But after Brandon Rush and Richard Jefferson—the Warriors second and third-string small forwards—went down to injury, Green was thrust into the rotation. Quickly, he has returned to being the player he was in college: a tough defender, gritty rebounder, good passer and a guy who is just hard to take off the floor.
The Warriors three rookies haven't only been playing well, they've been helping them win against NBA teams. And considering how much each player improved in their first month, their second month should be a treat to watch.