Golden State Warriors Draft Strategy: Post Crawford Deal

Gil BecerraCorrespondent IJune 24, 2009

DALLAS - JANUARY 28:  Jamal Crawford #6 of the Golden State Warriors shoots against Jason Kidd #2 of the Dallas Mavericks on January 28, 2008 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Now that the Warriors have gotten rid of Jamal Crawford, what will their draft strategy be? They acquired two point guards. A veteran making his second stop in the Bay, Speedy Claxton and Acie Law.

Speedy Claxton got the most playing time of his career here as a Warrior in 2004-2005, 32.6mpg, along with being able to get 13.1ppg and 6.2apg. That was during a short four and half month stay with the team. He was traded mid-season with Dale Davis for Baron Davis. I wonder who came up in that deal?

Acie Law, eleventh pick in the first round pick in the 2007 Draft. He hasn't gotten much playing time in Atlanta. He was slowly getting minutes until Mike Bibby stepped into the picture and took his time. Coming out of school as a senior he showed that he had a nice touch and could make some passes. Don Nelson might be able to get him going in the right direction.

Now, after this trade was made the Warriors have a veteran back-up PG in Speedy and a young back-up in Acie Law. From the looks of things, barring a trade, the Warriors are set at PG.

As of now the roster looks like this: (assuming CJ Watson isn't re-signed)

PG: Monta Ellis (starter), Speedy Claxton, Acie Law

SG: Stephan Jackson (starter), Anthony Morrow, Marco Belineli

SF: Kellena Azubuike (starter), Corey Magette (sixth-man), Anthony Randolph

PF: Brandon Wright (starter), Jermario Davidson, Rob Kurz

C: Andris Biedrins (starter), Ronny Turiaf


The Warriors have the depth they need at the Guard position. They have 3 solid Small Forwards with Randolph being the hybrid Power-Foward for Nellies style.

Now, when it comes to the bigs, the Dubs are lacking. Once one of those key guys goes down the Dubs are screwed. They can't afford to have Biedrins, Wright or Randolph to be out for any long periods without crippling the team.

I see the Warriors going after yet another 'potential' filled Power Foward in the draft. This year, it will be Jordan Hill of Arizona.

Jordan Hill was recruited in to Arizona by Coach Olsen, he had to be good. Keep in mind, he didn't play basketball until his Sophomore season in HS. To not play the sport and then be recruited to play at Arizona with only three years of experience is impressive!

He's had to deal with coaching changes in Arizona but that hasn't stopped him from slowly improving. At 6' 10", 235lbs with over a 7' wing-span, he can take up room!

My thing with Hill is that he seems like a quick learner. That combined with his ability to run the court and play with his back to the basket will have Don Nelson drooling when he slides to #7. Question for Warrior fans, do you see this as another Ike Diogu or Todd Fuller experiment? I don't think so.

Could the drafting of Jordan Hill be a piece needed for the Dubs to acquire a Chris Bosh from the Raptors? We'll find out in the next 24 hours what they have planned.