After a resounding thrashing over the Arkansas Razorbacks Kentucky Wildcats guard John Wall all but confirmed his plans for next season - after he fixes the economy and rebuilds Haiti, of course. He said he had "no choice" but to enter next year's NBA draft.
Who can blame him? According to NBAdraft.net, as well as other sites and publications that devote their time to gazing in crystal balls, Wall will be the number 1 overall pick. It's obvious the New Jersey Nets, who could use anyone that can actually play basketball, will be delighted to have his services assuming they win the lottery. It also means that Keyon Dooling and Devin Harris will probably watch from the bench next season, assuming that they're still in a Nets uniform.
But let's say the Nets don't win the lottery. After all, they haven't won anything all year. Why ruin a bad thing? Assume that Golden State, for example, gets the coveted (some say cursed if they root for Clippers) ping-pong ball and they get to go first.
The Warriors need help, obviously. You don't have a 13-28 record if you have a well-balanced team that plays well night in and night out. But the backcourt's not the problem. Monta Ellis has made some questionable decisions off the court but he's averaging 26 points a game. Stephen Curry found the up-and-down style of Nellie's bunch to be a perfect fit for his skills. Anthony Morrow, Corey Maggette and Kelenna Azubuike are solid swingmen.
What the Warriors really need is a frontcourt beast. Sorry, Andris Beidrins and Anthony Randolph. You don't qualify. So let's scout some other frontcourt studs plying their trade at the college hoops level.
Ed Davis has missed a little time but has the right genes (his dad Terry played in the NBA for over ten years).
Greg Monroe would have his face on the Mt. Rushmore of Georgetown big men.
Patrick Patterson is showing more and more people why he's the next Buck Williams. He does his job better than most power forwards and doesn't yell for the crowd to look at him (which Wall does from time to time).
DeMarcus Cousins would average 30 points and 20 rebounds if he played 40 minutes a game. He loses teeth in the skin of opposing guards' elbows and keeps going.
Any of those four would be decent choices. But considering that the Warriors really need an intimidating presence in the post who can also thrive in a run-and-gun offense Cousins actually makes the most sense. Patterson will have a nice career as a power forward. Monroe will be a solid center - in the Eastern Conference. Davis could be decent but I don't see him ever being a regular starter.
Cousins has the most upside of these four and a desire to get physical. If any of the Warriors missed a shot on a break opportunity Cousins would be there to follow, dunk and rumble back down on defense while bodies lay stunned in a wake of smoke and thunder.
When the lottery has finished and the Clippers rep has vacated their lifetime reserved seat the team that is on the clock will likely select Wall in June.
He just may not make the most sense for that team.
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