2011 NBA Draft: 10 Prospects To Help Golden State Warriors Get Over the Hump

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2011 NBA Draft: 10 Prospects To Help Golden State Warriors Get Over the Hump
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As the Warriors continue to tread water as the 12th seed in the Western Conference, the wandering eyes of the Bay Area faithful have moved to the world of college basketball for more reasons than just filling out their breakouts.

The Warriors need to acquire a star; that's been evident (and been their stated goal) since new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber acquired the franchise earlier this season. The question remains, however, where will the Warriors find this kind of talent?

The obvious answer appears to be the NBA draft. Oakland, after all, does not exactly have NBA stars lining up to move in.

So how, then, will the Warriors find their superstar in a draft that the pundits call historically weak? Great scouting and some lottery luck wouldn't hurt.

History has shown that even the worst draft classes have some players hidden in them (even 2000, possibly the worst all-time had Kenyon Martin, Hedo Turkoglu and Michael Redd) so Warriors scouts shouldn't turn their televisions off yet.

In fact it's often draft classes like these where mid-level lottery teams (the Warriors would draft 11th if the league drafted today) can acquire top-level talent. So here are 10 prospects for this draft that can help the Warriors make a playoff run next season (if there is a next season, fingers crossed).

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