Should the Golden State Warriors Trade into the 2013 NBA Draft?
It should stay that way.
It's always fun looking forward to the draft, Warrior fans should know that better than most, but for once, Golden State is just fine being a spectator for this draft.
The Dubs are only watching this one because they traded a conditional first round pick (which ended up to be this year's first rounder) to the New Jersey Nets, (which they eventually dealt to the Utah Jazz to acquire Deron Williams) for Marcus Williams.
Who apparently, according to Wikipedia is an "American professional basketball player for Unicaja Málaga of the Spanish League".
Their guess is as good as mine.
In 2008, the Warriors needed point guard depth after Baron Davis bolted to the Los Angeles Clippers. So they took a shot with Williams.
And missed. Badly.
In nine games with Golden State, not a typo, Williams averaged 1.3 points and 1.4 assists in six minutes per game. He was eventually waived.
Since then, the payment of that draft pick had been hanging over the Warriors head.
The trade ramifications boiled down to them trading a 2011 second-round pick and owing a top-seven protected 2012 or 2013 first round pick or a top-six protected 2014 first rounder. And if the pick was not conveyed by then, it would turn into a 2014 second-round pick and a 2016 second-round pick.
That trade for Williams actually could have been a whole lot uglier than it already is. Imagine if the Warriors finished with the No. 8 pick last season and missed out on Harrison Barnes!
Even tougher to think about than if the Warriors didn't have to relinquish a first-round pick and only gave up the two second-round picks. All the losing that would have had to transpire! Not to mention missing out on the 2013 playoffs!
Fortunately the Warriors finally got good at the right time. Yes they lost this years pick, but what a year to lose it in.
One never knows how a draft class will pan out. Remember when the 2011 draft class was supposed to be weak? However, the 2013 draft class isn't exactly brimming with talent, so the Warriors might be missing a bad party.
While things appeared to have turned out fine in spite of the trade, it's great they can finally put it behind them.
Well, unless the Jazz use that pick to draft a hall-of-famer, but odds are in the Warriors favor that's not going to be happening with the 21st pick.
Even if they miss out on a decent prospect, right now the Warriors have no little use for more youth.
With Barnes, Draymond Green and Festus Ezeli having all played significant minutes in the second round of the NBA playoffs, really there is no need to add yet another young player.
However, with Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack possibly leaving, the draft could be a means to replace either one of them if need be.
If the Warriors really wanted to get back into the first round they more than likely would have to part with Green or Ezeli. With Brandon Rush expected back, if they feel the need to unload one of their wings, teams would come calling for Green. Festus is an option only if the front office falls in love with a certain player and decides to deal him. An unlikely scenario though.
Another option is to call the Oklahoma City Thunder. They own a couple first-round picks and have a little need for two more rookies on guaranteed contracts. Perhaps Golden State could acquire the 29th pick for pennies on the dollar.
If they trade into the mid-late first round area a few prospects they could be looking at are:
C.J Leslie out of N.C. State, who is an explosive talent, but has questions about his motor. Mark Jackson could be the guy to help him realize his potential.
His teammate Lorenzo Brown, a 6'4" point guard with strong handles who owned a 4:1 assist to turnover ratio last season.
Shane Larkin out of Miami, Fl., who can break down a defense and would be able to hit the Splash Brothers (are we sticking with that nickname?) or hit the open three. He is also a tenacious defender.
Or Tim Hardaway Jr. from Michigan. He is able to score inside and out with strong handles. Plus, how much fun would it be to have Tim Hardaway's kid on the team?
As far as the second round goes, they don't have a pick there either because it was sent to the New York Knicks in the sign-and-trade deal that brought David Lee to Golden State.
Even if that cost them a first rounder there should be no complaints about that one.
Should the Warriors attempt to trade into the first round?
The Warriors do have options if they want to acquire a mid-to-late first-round draft pick. But if the price were either Green or Ezeli it would be far too great. If they can find a cheaper way to get a rookie it's worth at least a look.
But as good as the Warriors look right now there is no pressing need to do so.
Things are starting to really turn around for Golden State. They do lose that first-round pick, but in what could be the weakest draft in decades. And next year, for what could be the strongest draft in decades, their pick is no longer earmarked for someone else.
Plus it's the same offseason that Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson's contracts expire!
Things are looking bright in the Bay Area.
*All stats and info courtesy of NBA.com
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