Golden State Warriors

NBA Draft Results: Thank You Larry Riley for Drafting Epke Udoh

NEW YORK - JUNE 24:  Ekpe Udoh stands with NBA Commisioner David Stern after being drafted sixth by The Golden State warriors  at Madison Square Garden on June 24, 2010 in New York City.  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 Al Bello/Getty Images)
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D.J. O'ConnorSenior Analyst IIIJune 25, 2010

With the sixth pick, the Golden State Warriors drafted a power forward from Baylor, Ekpe Udoh.  I was one of many fans likely breathing a sigh of relief. 

Prior to the draft, Larry Riley said in press conferences that his philosophy would be to take the best available player as opposed to need.  That would have been a terrible strategy. 

Just because Stephen Curry was a dominant rookie doesn't mean he saved the team.  The Warriors gave up 112 points per game last season—the worst in the NBA

Curry was the best player, and I'm glad we have him.  But the team ignored the need for a big defender to get blocks and rebounds, and look what happened.

On that note, I would like to thank Larry Riley for drafting a player to fill a needy position.  It's possible that Udoh was the best player on the board, but either way the Warriors made a smart pick, and I can't wait to see Ekde Udoh in Oracle Arena.

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