2011 NBA Draft Lottery: What Does Golden State Do at No. 11?
(The 2011 NBA Draft Order was decided tonight when the friendly ping pong balls dropped for the worst 14 teams in the league in the annual NBA Draft Lottery.The Minnesota Timberwolves, who had the worst record in the league last season and had the best chance of getting the first pick, were denied. Instead, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the No. 1 pick. Stay with Bleacher Report as we track the latest news, reaction and speculation for the NBA Draft, which will be held next month.)
The Golden State Warriors did not shock the world and land one of the first three picks in the 2011 NBA Draft and will be selecting at No. 11.
The Warriors have a high octane offense but really need to improve their rebounding and defensive intensity. They can start that process by selecting Kansas F Markieff Morris in this year's draft.
Marcus Morris is the more hyped of the two, but Markieff makes much more sense for the Warriors. Markieff is a much better defender than his brother, and is also considered the better rebounder. Markieff averaged more blocks and more rebounds per game than his brother, while only averaging four points less.
The Warriors can afford to do without the extra four points, as they finished the season as the seventh highest scoring team in the NBA. On the flip side, they had the fourth worst defense and were ranked 19th in rebounding, that is not going to cut it for a franchise that is trying to contend in a tough Western Conference.
Markieff Morris will bring an added degree of toughness that this team is lacking, and while he may be a bit of a stretch at No. 11, he is the only player that truly makes sense for Golden State.
-- Matt Faulconer
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