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NBA Pre-Draft Analysis: Golden State Warriors

Jeremy SmithContributor IJune 20, 2010

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Who is really to say what happens with this pick? The franchise is in a bit of disarray right now between trying to figure out who is going to coach it and trying to improve a roster that is lacking in some key areas. But hey, they have that nifty new logo right? 

Rumors abound as to who the Warriors like at this spot. And while names like Xavier Henry have been bandied about, the only real certainty on this roster is that it is loaded at the guard and wing spots. There are plenty of guys on this team who can shoot the ball. What is needed are guys that can do something else.

Anthony Tolliver proved to be a nice edition for the Warriors, averaging 12 points and seven boards over 44 games. He was the pick-me-up in the post last season, much like Anthony Randolph could be if he is healthy - and the Warriors don't trade him - this season. A healthy Andris Biedrins would also go a long way toward solving some of the GS front court issues. But even with productivity from Biedrins and Randolph, the only other real help in the paint is Ronny Turiaf, who is a nice energy guy off the bench but little more. Chris Hunter may develop over time, and it is painfully obvious that Brandan Wright was a waste of a lottery pick. 

Granted, the Warriors could use a true point guard. However, this is a weak draft class at that position. So Golden State will have to look elsewhere to fill that void. What the Warriors need here is post presence. 

Rumors for weeks have maintained that they like DeMarcus Cousins. And if he is on the board, there will likely be little hesitation on their part in taking him. But I don't think he is available here. In my mock, he is off the board to the Kings at No. 5. So Golden State probably turns to Georgetown's Greg Monroe. At 6-11 and 247 pounds, Monroe certainly will take up plenty of space in the post. Regarded as a high IQ guy with a strong skill set, Monroe could turn into one of the better picks in this draft. A lot of scouts don't like his upside as much as fellow power forwards like Cousins and Derrick Favors, but there also seems to be little risk of him being a bust. That is a major selling point for a team that needs to get value out of this pick. 

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The X-factor here seems to be the trade potential. Golden State has no fewer than nine players who averaged at least 10 points per game last season. All but two of those - C.J. Watson and Anthony Randolph - are natural wing players. That means Golden State has plenty to offer teams in need of perimeter help. So the notion of the sixth pick being packaged with one or two players is far from out of the question if Golden State finds itself less than in love with whatever is on the board. 

Consider the Warriors the wild card of the first round. They could flip the draft on its ear with a trade. But with the ownership situation as it is, the safest thing Golden State can do is take the guy that fits a need who is most capable of stepping in right away. It looks like that is going to be Greg Monroe.