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Who is the 15th Warrior?

Right now the Warriors have 18 players on there roster. Assuming that Azubuike, Belinelli, Biedrins, Ellis, Harrington, Jackson, Maggette, Randolph, Turiaf, Watson, Williams and Wright are all locked in that leaves 6 players to compete for the 14th and 15th spot. The six remaining players are Austin Croshere, Dion Dowell (Univ of Houston), Richard Hendrix (Alabama), Rob Kurz (Notre Dame), Anthony Morrow (Georgia Tech) & DeMarcus Nelson (Duke).

Brief Bios:

Austin Croshere:

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A veteran shooting specialist who can put up big scoring numbers every now and then. Has good size for either forward position, and is a solid athlete. Mostly known for his perimeter stroke, but can do more than just shoot from outside. Still doesn’t shoot suitable percentages from the outside considering his role. Does a decent job rebounding the ball. Had a stellar career at Providence. Never found similar success on the NBA level. Can still be a spot-player near the end of a team’s bench, thanks to his skill-level, versatility and feel for the game, although injuries have taken their toll. - 07/31/08 - DraftExpress.com

Dion Dowell (Univ of Houston): 

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Dowell came up huge today, carrying the load for the Warriors offensively. In game where the pace got out of hand quickly, Dowell didn’t get rattled and had one of the most efficient performances we’ve seen from anyone this summer. The former University of Houston player was deadly from the outside today, showing great fundamentals in catch and shoot situations. He always has his hands and feet ready before he receives a pass, and it makes him a threat at all times. Dowell got a chance to show his athleticism on a couple occasions, including one very impressive alley-oop finish and a nice block. The young forward has good size for a wing, but needs to work on his ball handling ability and passing ability. He’s a very good free throw shooter, and has some intriguing tools. This game was a testament to what Golden State’s quick paced, wide-open offense can do for a player that is known for taking a lot of shots from the outside.- 07/24/08 - Draftexpress.com

Richard Hendrix (Alabama):

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Hendrix did everything he possibly could to help himself reportedly, blocking shots, rebounding well, scoring points both inside and outside, running the floor and playing strong defense. This is not the first strong report we’ve received from a workout he’s been in-- others have mentioned how much better he’s shooting free throws and mid-range jumpers, as well as the confidence he exudes and how impressive he is off the court as well. As we’ve discussed before, Hendrix’s numbers and overall profile compares favorably with Carlos Boozer’s at the same age, and even though we might not ever become an all-star like Boozer, he could develop into a Paul Millsap type steal if he falls into the second round.

Rob Kurz (Notre Dame):

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Couldn't find a useful bio... though he is 6-9 and 232 lbs and has bit of Troy Murphy in his game. Otherwise there wasn't much info out there on him.

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Morrow gets the nod for our "undrafted sleeper of the day" award, as he was able to drop 19 points in just 23 minutes of action, on a scintillating 5 of 7 from beyond the arc. Morrow was one of the best shooters in college basketball this season, hitting 45% of his shots beyond the arc playing in the ACC, so its not like this is exactly startling news. It is interesting to see how quickly he has been able to expand his range to the line, and just how intelligently he moved off the ball finding open spaces for which to get his shot off. He kept things nice and simple all day long, sticking to what he does best, while also mixing in a little one dribble pull-up jumper from mid-range for good measure. He creates separation nicely and has a gorgeous text-book release. Some of the scouts around us mentioned that they think he’s too one-dimensional to play in the NBA (as he’s not a great ball-handler, athlete or defender), but to his credit, he was competing hard and not looking bad out there. Morrow surprisingly already signed a contract to play all the way out in the Ukraine, leading many disappointed high-level European teams here wondering what exactly his rush was to sign in a league like that. - 07/09/08 - Draftexpress.com

DeMarcus Nelson (Duke):

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16 points in 19 minutes per game tells you all you need to know about what DeMarcus Nelson did in Orlando—being one of the most aggressive players to be found in this setting. He showed absolutely no hesitation trying to find paths to the basket, spinning into the lane repeatedly and finishing strong through contact. He’s just an average ball-handler with his left hand, but in an environment like this where there is obviously no advance scouting, that wasn’t much of an issue, except for the turnover issues he suffered. He’s very quick, smart, relentless and is also a terrific leaper, making him fairly dangerous as a slashing threat, as many in the ACC found out this season. At the next level he may lack the size to consistently finish inside, though, which is why he must improve his mid-range game if he’s to stand any chance at making it.

Nelson only attempted two 3-pointers in three games, but was solid shooting the ball from inside the arc with his feet set. His shooting mechanics are about as ugly as you’ll find, but it worked for him in college, so it’s tough to argue with the results at this point, even if his release is definitely on the slow side. Off the dribble was a different story, though, as he struggles to create separation on his pull-up jumper and therefore gets extremely poor results. He actually shot his free throws better than he typically has over the course of his career (60% this season).

Defensively he was excellent as well, using his terrific length and strength to keep his man in front of him and contesting every possible shot, just like Coach K taught him. Although severely undersized at just 6-2 ¼ in shoes, Nelson sports a ridiculous 6-10 wingspan to help compensate. He did a fantastic job getting in the passing lanes and igniting fast breaks, often being the first one up the court and getting a number of easy baskets in the process.

Although he doesn’t look like a sure-fire NBA player on first glance, as it appears that he might have a hard time translating his style of play to a higher level, Nelson is the type of guy you never want to rule out because of how many things he brings to the table. It wouldn’t be shocking to see him catch on in a Maurice Evans type role in the pros, knocking down shots from behind the arc and playing great defense. His pedigree will help, although measuring out two inches under what he was listed at in college at just 6-2 really makes things tough on him. - 06/05/08 - Draftexpress.com

Granted that Morrow and Hendrix have contract so they should each get a roster spot. But I'd include them with Watson in a group of players that have expendable contracts. How today's question is: Who will be the 15th Warrior?

This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!

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