So long as we're all stuck in the purgatory of mid-summer hypothesizing, I was wondering what you fellow NBA junkies thought of next year's draft.
2009 is shaping up to be very interesting, and I'd like it to be different than the blasé 9-15 picks that we are eternally damned with (every year we seem good enough to play our way out of both the lottery and the playoffs).
I'd like to treat this in two ways:
1. Assume that the Warriors will battle their way to above .500 and end up with a 13-22 pick (playoffs pending). This puts us in the same horrible position that we have been in the past few years. At this position, all of the marquee players at each position are gone. Faced with the prospect of, once again, picking "talent/ upside", would it be most expeditious to package the pick in a trade this year considering that our "talent" is being choked on the bench? We may also want to free up cap/ roster space down the line to be able to sign FA's in '09 and '10, or to reup on the youngsters in '11. I for one, don't want to see many more projects, I'm starting to like some of ours and I want the see them get a chance.
2. Heaven help us if the Warriors' road heavy early schedule takes its toll and the W's end up 10 under .500 at the break. At this point Nelly will either take an early vacation to Hawaii, or just goes ultra reverse crazy Nelly and let the youngins play. I can see it now, Ant. Randolph the point forward doing ally oops to Bwright, and CJ and Buike runnin the break, giving each around 20 minutes a game. Belinelli too, i guess, but ill-advised threes are tiresome. I, for one, would welcome this strategy not only because it would be fun to witness the unearthing of the hidden gems of talent in our secluded young stars, but, if we tank hard enough, we would have a shot at a lottery pick or maybe another pick at about 5-10. Considering that this would make nearly all players available, who do you want to see?
Ricky Rubio (PG), Demar Derozan (SG/SF), Blake Griffen (C), branden jennings (PG), tyler hans (PF), jrue holliday (PGSG), james harden (SG), BJ Mullens (C), Tyreke Evans (SG)
Or, more importantly, what is your draft strategy?
Our most pressing need over the last few years has been the same: a big man at the 4, or 5 that can rebound and score (from outside = a Nelly + ). We've ended up with O'Bryant, Perovic, BWright, Hendrix, A-Randolph (kinda). The Skinnies have all the talent and none of the ability to play yet. The bigger guys probably peaked when they were Juniors in high school and yet are considered more 'NBA ready'. So, do you pick the best talent available, the best player where you need the most help such as- best PF, do we go for the future of our guard positions and find Monta a high flying running mate, who could hopefully shoot the three, or even a franchise PG to allow Monta to do what he do +1 ?
Personally, it's been fun imagining Rubio throwin those oops on the W's. But a big bruiser would be nice too.