Thinking back to the 2005 NBA Draft I was a big fan of Hakim Warrick and hoped the Warriors would take him with the #8 pick. The Warriors instead took Ike Diogu who never won over coaches Mike Montgomery or Don Nelson. Warrick seems to be in a similar situation with Grizzlies head coach Marc Ivaroni who isn't a fan of Warrick's D [Commercial Appeal].
Coming out of Syracuse I projected Warrick to be a big time shot blocker and mainstay in the nightly SportsCenter highlights with his crazy hops and Inspector Gadget reach. To date Warrick hasn't been the shot blocker I thought he would be, swatting away a measly 0.3 shots in about 13 minutes of play over his career. But I could see him being a perfect fit with this run and gun Warriors squad. Maybe his supreme shot blocking skills that he displayed in college will resurface as well.
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Update (1:03pm 11/28/07): Check out what the good people at Memphis Grizzlies fan blog 3 Shades of Blue think about this rumored deal.
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I'd be shocked if the Dubs could pull off this trade as it would essentially be exchanging a DLeaguer with next to no NBA success (or playing time for that matter) for an uber-athletic forward just one year removed from an efficient scoring and rebounding season. Still, imagining Warrick start a fast break with a huge weakside swat and then finishing a Boom Dizzle led fast break with a highlight jam on the other end of the court is solid gold.
Would POB for Hakim Warrick be a heist for the Warriors? A fair trade for both sides? Think it'll go down?
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