With The 14th Pick, The Golden State Warriors Select...

Phillip KernContributor IJune 21, 2008

With the NBA Draft a mere five days away, speculation abounds as to who will go where when David Stern reads each name from the podium.  Mock drafts from reputable and even underground websites are the hot search topics for the fans that would probably go under the "nerd" classification.

I'll admit, I've been prone to perusing the occasional mock draft, but really only to satisfy my curiosity—especially about which direction the Golden State Warriors should take.

Size is a premium in the association, and besides Andris Biedrins the Warriors don't have much in the way of legitimate low-post players.

But the 14th pick presents a quandry:  do they cross their fingers in hopes that someone the caliber of Brook Lopez or Kevin Love falls to them?  Or do they take a chance on someone such as Robin Lopez, DeAndre Jordan, or even Kosta Koufos?

Instead of reaching for need, the Warriors should take the best talent available.  The player I believe will most likely be there:  Kansas' Brandon Rush.

This guy has proven himself on the biggest stage, and even has the NCAA national title to his credit.  But this is only the tip of the iceberg as to why the Warriors should take Rush if he is available.

Rush has great size at the "2" position with his six-foot-seven-inch frame, and has the ability to be a great wing defender and a deadly shooter from the outside as well.  

He is also fearless, and wants the ball in his hands to take the big shot.  Of course, the Warriors already have Baron Davis to undertake that responsibility, but having a second option never hurt either.

There are also some long-term possibilities with taking Rush here.  There is a possibility that it will be Baron's final season in Golden State, and they will need some sort of plan to brace for that.  

The most logical thing would be to try moving Monta Ellis to the point, but that might take him out of his element—a scoring guard who thrives when he has the ball.  Should he be successful in making the transition, a Ellis-Rush-Jackson triumvirate would be very lethal.

This pick can also create flexibility and maybe even dangle Al Harrington as trade bait to pave the way for Brandan Wright to take over.  Having depth and flexibility is what Chris Mullin wanted to do when he took over as VP of Basketball Operations, and he has them in a good position right now.  

They can bide their time and watch this exciting, young team develop—or gamble for winning in the near future.

Either way, the Bay Area will be waiting with anticipation on what Mullin will do next.