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What the Warriors Should Do with the No. 7 Pick in the NBA Draft

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kwame manuCorrespondent IMay 20, 2009

From the front office to the game-style, the Golden State Warriors are not the most organized franchise in the NBA. After success in the 2006-2007 season, the Warriors went into a downturn which eventually led to Baron Davis leaving the team.

Now fast forward to May 19, 2009. The Golden State Warriors have won the No. 7 pick in the NBA Draft.

So what should they do?

Well, the Warriors have two glaring weaknesses: They need a big man and a true point guard. 

With the No. 7 pick, it is very unlikely the Warriors will get a good big man. There are only a few of them in this year's draft class. This is unfortunate because any team with championship aspirations needs a good big man. Just look at the past NBA champions; all of them had at least a solid big man (Shaq, Garnett, Duncan, etc.). 

Since they don't get a big man unless Jordan Hill or Thabeet drop, they should go with a PG. Currently, we are in a "Golden Era" of PGs. It would be easy to pick a PG to fit the Warriors' system because all of the PGs in the draft are athletic.

The most athletic in this group is Brandon Jennings. His flash, quickness, and great passing ability would make him an instant favorite in Oak-town. 

Monta Ellis does his best work off the ball. When he won NBA's Most Improved Player, he was playing with Baron Davis. Brandon Jennings will give the Warriors' frontcourt that 1-2 punch that they lacked last year.

It is imperative that the Warriors make use of this draft so that: 1. They don't get left in the dust in the West; and 2. They have an appealing team for potential free agents in 2010.

Let's hope they don't mess up.

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