Golden State Warriors' Draft: A Big Decision
Heading into the offseason, the Golden State Warriors will be presented with a number of decisions. Do they trade or release Monta Ellis? Will Anthony Randolph start? or do they attempt to once again try to trade for Chris Bosh?
During College Basketball's most recent season, Clark was been the most consistent player on Rick Pitino's team. He's hoisted 10 or more shots ten times this season and has nine games in which he grabbed eight rebounds or more.
At 6'9" and added strength across his body, allowing him to absorb contact and score around the basket. Though he only scored 10 points against Kentucky, he showed how versatile he can be.
He only made two shots in the contest but both of them were layups in the paint and the remainder of his production came from the free-throw line where he shot 6-for-8. He only scored one point after halftime, and turned his focus to defense, grabbing eight boards and blocking a team-high three shots.
Clark has all the tools of a swiss-army-knife; he's long, has great lift, an excellent rebounder, understands positioning on both sides of the floor, and is a great team player. Like a shot-creating defensive-minded Lamar Odom.
His next step is to improve his jump-shot and work on his ball-handling which appears stagnant at times and allows the defense to exercise trapping methods against him.
He's already warming to the task of shooting. In the Cards' win over South Florida, Clark hoisted 13 jump-shots making 3-of-8 from long range. Though he didn't convert all of his perimeter shots, Clark's showing displays glimmers of confidence which is beginning to protrude out onto the court.
He's already a lottery pick. If he can upgrade his ball-handling and shooting, a Top 10 selection doesn't seem far-fetched.
For a player his size, he has immaculate ball-handling and loves advancing the ball up the floor (channeling his inner Len Chappell). A multi-dimensional scorer, No. 23 can drive to the rim, convert on put-backs, and post up any defender thanks to his envious strength.
He’s also a plausible jump shooter and likes to sense his opponents as he backs them down before relying on his patent fade-away ritual from the baselines.
He’s also an underrated rebounder and uses his immense upper body to position himself around the glass.
Johnson also can step-back and nail the three and his addition to the Warriors would bring another dimension that Golden State lost once they dealt away Al Harrington to New York.
Selecting Johnson as high as No. 7 is a big reach, so perhaps the best thing for the Warriors would do is to attempt to trade down and acquire more chunks of real estate which they can use for their foundation in the future.
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