2011 NBA Mock Draft: Marcus Morris Will Dominate for Golden State Warriors
The 2011 NBA Draft features many talented big men who can score, but Marcus Morris of Kansas may be the most NBA ready right now. He could be the best for the next decade. he is that talented.
The Golden State Warriors should put that theory to the test and select the Jayhawks big man in the first round. He could be the best power forward the Warriors have had since the days Chris Webber graced the team's frontcourt. I say days because his run really seemed that short lived at times.
Hopefully, Morris could last a little longer in Golden State than Webber.
The Warriors can score, but they struggle to rebound and play defense. Morris already possess the size and skills to defend some of the better NBA forwards.
Chad Ford of ESPN said of Morris and his Jayhawks that they were all solid, but only one stood out a little better than the others on one side of the court.
"Kansas has the best front line in the NCAA. Marcus Morris is the best offensive prospect of the group," says Ford. "His ability to be equally effective with his back to the basket and on the perimeter is special."
Morris has the size that could help the Warriors improve immediately. He could eventually be a great complimentary player in the paint alongside David Lee. It may take him a year or two to reach that level, but Morris could help the Warriors reach the playoffs with a very young roster.
You think about the guard play that this team already has with Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry. That alone should be enough to keep them competitive for years to come. But in the Western Conference, two strong players is not nearly enough.
But if they were to add someone of Morris' caliber and pair him with Lee, then we are talking about an explosive club. It may not put them ahead of the likes of the Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets, but it could eventually be enough to get them past the aging San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks.
So with the No. 10 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors could do much worse than selecting Marcus Morris.
But I'm not sure that they could do much better.
For more on the 2011 NBA Draft, make sure to check out Bleacher Report Correspondent Jason Heim, who takes a look at the 2011 NBA Mock Draft: Which Wildcat Goes First, Brandon Knight or Terrence Jones?
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