NBA Draft 2011 Grades: Golden State Warriors Get a B+
New owners, a new coach, a "new" consultant and finally new players...are the Warriors actually threatening to become relevant for the first time in 20 years?
Gone are the days of cheap ownership, a bungling front office and ineffective coaching ushering a new age of endless possibilities for the 2011-2012 season (assuming of course there IS a 2011-2012 season).
Klay Thompson: A-
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Quite possibly an impact player offensively right now, Klay Thompson is a fearless shooter with NBA three-point range. Respected talent evaluators Jerry West and Donnie Walsh both compare Thompson to Reggie Miller. If he's anywhere in the neighborhood of Miller, this was a brilliant pick for the Warriors.
Charles Jenkins: B+
A strong combo guard who worked hard to become a deadly long-range shooter, Jenkins takes care of the ball, makes an effort defensively and is unselfish. Coupled with Thompson, the Warriors might have drafted the players to replace Monta Ellis.
Jeremy Tyler: C
Easily the biggest risk/reward player in the draft, Jeremy Tyler is an enigmatic prospect. Blessed with unbelievable physical tools, and dogged by claims of extreme immaturity, the Warriors are rolling the dice in the hope that they finally have drafted their big man of the future. This grade could eventually become an A+ or an F -, there probably will be no in-between.
Cummulative Grade: B+
If any fans deserves a winner, it's the Golden State fans—their unwavering fanatic support over the last 10 years has been nothing short of miraculous. I believe that this draft class will do them proud.