The Warrior Code: Drafting Well For Other Franchises

Tommy KContributor IJune 17, 2009

      Over the past 15 years the Warriors have been one of the better drafting teams, but the results have not translated to success in the standings. Apart from the "we believe" playoff run in 2006/2007, the Warriors had little or no playoff success dating back to the 1994 playoff run when Chris Webber was a rookie. All this despite drafting such players as Gilbert Arenas, Chris Webber(or Anfernee Hardaway), Mitch Ritchmond, Antwan Jamison(or Vince Carter) and Tim Hardaway. There is also the "pick a low ceiling college player over a highly touted high schooler" draft strategy that has been brutal for die-hard fans. For example Joe Smith over Kevin Garnett, Adonyle "The smartest man in the NBA" Foyle over T-Mac, Todd Fuller over Kobe Bryant, MikeDunleavy over Amare Stoudamire and Ike Diogu over Andrew Bynum. In addition, trading Antwan Jamison for Nick van Exel who was later flipped for the 5th Pick which became Devin Harris. The problem is they get rid of talent faster then they can replace it, which brings me to my next point.

     In the upcoming draft the Warriors have been linked to PG Stephen Curry, SGDeMar DeRozan, and SG Tyreke Evans among others. It is rumored that Monta Ellis wants to be traded or is on the block if the Warriors draft a point guard. So I suggest we draft on the two aforementioned 2-Guards with my preference being DeRozan who is more of a pure shooter than Evans and a better athlete than Curry. Four of the top point guards are also refusing to workout for the Warriors, a list that includes Ricky Rubio, Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry. If the Knicks really want Curry maybe the Warriors can get David Lee by swapping picks and players seven for eight. All I know is the talent level isn't the problem, its getting rid of talented players for bogus reasons. Monta Ellis missed half the year because of suspension, which is one reason why Chris Mullin was let go at the end of the year. There was a fundamental difference in how Rowell and Mullin Wanted to handle the suspension along with the decision not to resign Baron Davis in the offseason. So my point is, the Warriors have some good pieces in place with Ellis, Randolph, Wright, and Biedrins who are all young and improving. I suggest addition without drastic changes, which has been a problem in the past.