Hidden Gems Golden State Warriors Can Nab in Late 2nd Round of 2013 NBA Draft
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Going into the Golden State Warriors' offseason, there are several tangible missing pieces, but nothing that should prevent them from contending next season.
Those two aspects include: a guard who can handle while providing a scoring lift (think Jarrett Jack, who is an unrestricted free agent), and more length to compensate for David Lee's terrible defense, Andrew Bogut's injuries and Festus Ezeli's knee surgery.
Unfortunately, the Warriors won't have a draft pick after giving up their first-rounder in the Marcus Williams trade. They also lose their second-round pick to the Orlando Magic.
However, Warriors' management has expressed interest in buying into the second round.
The 2013 NBA draft, criticized for being apparently talent-deprived, still boasts an impressive amount of talent at depth in the lower portion. There might not be stars, but there are plenty of budding rotation players like Otto Porter, Gorgui Dieng, Cody Zeller, C.J. McCollum and Trey Burke.
Conversely, that also means any player slotted to go in the second round can also go undrafted, so the players here might be players the Warriors should bring into camp.
Not to be mistaken for C.J. McCollum, who should be a lottery pick, Ray McCallum is an excellent pass-first point guard who every Stephen Curry critic appears to love.
He shot a little over 47 percent in his last season at Detroit, but most importantly, he averaged 4.5 assists per game to just two turnovers.
According to Chad Ford of ESPN, he is an excellent ball-handler, dribbles with the ball quickly and is unselfish at the point of attack.
All that is nice jargon for a player who would ostensibly take over Jack's spot if he were to leave. Perhaps not a top-flight guard at his peak, McCallum should blossom into a great backup guard for Curry.
This pick would give more flexibility for a team that doesn't want to hamstring itself into the luxury tax with a large free-agent influx in 2014.
Compared to Steve Nash in college because of his ability to score, pass and his flowing hair, Nate Wolters has good shooting ability, high basketball IQ and excellent passing ability.
All those are traits the Warriors love—high-intelligence players who show plenty of hustle and stay out of trouble off the court.
Wolters is a near-perfect bench guard, like McCollum, but a much better shooter without the athleticism. Wolters is currently slated as a late first-round pick to second-round pick, but if the Warriors like him, they'll decide buying into his draft slot is better than overpaying Jack.
With Ezeli out, the Warriors are probably less inclined to go with the draft-and-stash technique the San Antonio Spurs covet. So, they need a player who's older but more polished in his game.
Like Ezeli, DeWayne Dedmon started playing basketball at an old age and has consequently been up and down in his play. However, he does look the part with his athletic finishes and defensive length.
Although he is about as raw as Ezeli is on offense, he did shoot a bit more from the outside, so there is room for a bit of growth there. Most importantly, he averaged nearly four blocks in 40 minutes, pace adjusted, according to DraftExpress.
Who should the Warriors pick in the second round or undrafted?
With Ezeli out and Carl Landry unlikely to opt in and re-sign, the Warriors aren't looking for an offensive center as much as defensive depth on the front line.
There are, of course, many other players the Warriors will do their due diligence on, but the two needs at this moment are both backup players. That, in and of itself, speaks to the success Jerry West and Bob Myers have acquired in the short period they've been running the team.
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