The upcoming NBA draft is generally considered to be weak overall. While this may not be determined until each player has actually played in the NBA, one thing about this draft can be said for certain; there are a lot of guards to pick from.
The Warriors are a team with a plethora of wingmen, each of which masquerades as a point guard from time to time. The closest thing to a point guard on the team is CJ Watson, who becomes a free agent this offseason and may get some looks from other teams.
Don Nelson claimed that Monta Ellis would be the point guard going into next season, however, after repeatedly being asked if Monta could become a point guard, Nelson became more and more unsure.
Whether or not Ellis can be the starting point guard next season is still up for grabs, but the Warriors should do themselves a favor and spend their pick on someone that can dish out assists.
The Warriors will likely have the following options to choose from:
He is one of the larger guards available in the draft, however, it is uncertain as to whether he will be a shooting guard or a point guard. He has shown the ability to create for teammates, yet he is extremely turnover prone. He is also very young, and the Warriors have stated many times that they are looking for a mature player.
He loves to have the ball in his hands, but the problem with the Warriors right now is that most of their players are the same way. The Warriors should steer clear of Evans, though he may not even be available at the seventh pick.
Famous for playing overseas rather than in college, Jennings is one of the most athletic guards in the draft. He is a capable playmaker and scorer, despite not receiving much time on his current team.
The jury is still out on Jennings' maturity and desire to play defense. Some say that he is still the same ballhog that he was in high school, while others say that his time overseas has matured him. While he has loads of potential, he's too small and too risky for the Warriors to take.
In my opinion, this is the nightmare pick for the Warriors. Don't get me wrong, I love the kid and he can shoot lights out, but this would not be the right fit. While he is a capable playmaker, he looks for his own shot first.
Curry is also below average athletically, and would most likely be unable to defend NBA shooting guards. A backcourt of Ellis and Curry would be as defensively bad, if not worse, than Ellis and Jennings.
Don Nelson loves people that can score and Curry is older than most of the other talented guards in the draft. This will be a true test of whether Larry Riley has a separate mind from Don Nelson.
This kid would be my pick for the Warriors. While his numbers in college are underwhelming, and he is extremely young, he has the potential to be the perfect fit alongside Monta Ellis. He is big enough and athletic enough to guard shooting guards, and he has the mentality to be a floor general.
Despite his age, he has a defensive mindset and an above average basketball IQ. He is also an above average rebounder for his position, and when you have a small team, every position needs to rebound the ball.
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