June 18, 2009
The NBA draft is coming up and the Golden State Warriors back offices need to set this team on a path, and with the view of last season and the events in it... it won't be easy, that's why sometimes we here at Bleacher Report write these articles, because sometimes we know what needs to happen more than some idiots in the NBA, namely Chris Cohen and Robert Rowell.
Summary of the Season:
While I didn't go to any games (hated myself for that), I made sure to watch, and what I watched was the Warriors mainly panic while they drowned without Monta Ellis. While the problem wasn't Ellis, it was the fact that the Warriors couldn't find a decent floor general to organize their plays. While Stephen Jackson's go the spirit and enthusiasm, he doesn't have the body or skills of a point guard in the West Division. Even after Ellis came back he clearly showed rust until he fell back into his spot and at the end of the season, we saw the thrilling Ellis from the season prior.
The Current State:
Right now, it seems very apparent that there is no plan in the Warrior's future, mainly because theirs three (two if Cohen doesn't matter) people who are trying to share the reins of the General Manager position, Nelly, Rowel, and Cohen. This situation causes a hurricane of trouble for players and the office. Don Nelson was making claims that Jamal Crawford was not in the Warrior's future and attempted to convince him to leave his contract, with the threat that he'd make his life hell if he didn't. Rowel and Cohen are just idiots in the background as they can't make a move that will actually help, nor can anyone with the removal of Chris Mullen.
Some players even seem to be out for themselves, as Monta Ellis is saying to the offices that he doesn't want them to pick up a playmaking point guard in the draft, unless this means he intends to improve upon that in the summer, I see no reason to make a demand like that as it leaves the team anxious and in a rather cramped position for this rather guard heavy draft.
The needs of the Warriors are almost always simple to read, but never easy to solve.
Mainly there are four needs for the Warriors, A decent playmaker, A strong presence in the post, freeing cap space, getting/trading talent
I'm going to tackle these in their own sub-sections:
As mentioned before, Monta is saying he won't like a playmaker being drafted, and apparently the front office has stated that they won't, this is a major problem as there is no apparent REAL point guard on the Warriors Roster, all are either swingmen, or thin big men.
There is only one solution to this problem, make these guys learn how to pass, specifically Monta, everyone in the league knows he wants to drive or shoot, and if he can add passing to his arsenal, he will probably be an All-Star this season, he does have the potential.
This is a hard one, as the draft has decent guards and fowards, and with the Warriors without a second round pick, they can't pick a second rounder with their first pick.
The only solution is in Roney, the Big Happy Giant that most Warriors fans should know and love by now. Either that or send Randolph and Wright to the gym with plenty of protein shakes.
There is no way that this problem is resolved, this office doesn't know what the term "Check bounced" means.
There are so many moves that the Warriors should, no, NEED to make but will definitely not make with Chris Mullen out of the office.
The only potential I see right now in the Warriors is Anthony Randolph... every time I see a game with him playing I am wowed, and I hope that he's still around by the time that Nellie is out of here because I'd hate to see his athleticism wasted and moved to somewhere else.
My genie ball tells me...
*That there is going to be more fighting with Randolph and Nellie...
* Ugh 50/50 with Crawford actually being in the Yay Area.
* The truce with the office and Monta will be streched at draft day
* Plenty of stupidity from Rowell, and Cohen.
* The Warriors will be close to a spot in the playoffs