Originally posted at 4:45 AM PDT
Now that Don Nelson has the most wins for a head coach in NBA history, it's time to direct 100% of our collective golden attention to the 2010 NBA Draft. We mic'ed up longtime GSoM friend Aran Smith from the epic NBADraft.net for some early insights.
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Golden State of Mind: Let's pretend for a second that the Golden State Warriors win the 2010 NBA Draft Lottery and the #1 overall pick. What should they do given that they already have Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry?
Aran Smith (NBADraft.net): I take the player with the most upside - John Wall. And run a two guard offense with him and Curry, and I move Ellis for a bigman or Rudy Gay. I know it's not ideal, but I think Wall is big and athletic enough to make it work. If they got the second pick I take Turner and trade Ellis as well, since I think he also works better with Curry.
I'm actually a big Ellis fan believe it or not. I just worry about his longevity with his style of play and I think he's got considerable value despite the injury troubles he's had. I think Curry is the kind of guy you can build a winning team around as the #2 or #3 guy, and has a ton of potential.
Golden State of Mind: The top players in this draft right now seem to be John Wall, Evan Turner, Derrick Favors, DeMarcus Cousins, Wesley Johnson, Al-Farouq Aminu, Ed Davis, Cole Aldrich, and Greg Monroe. Which of these guys would be the best fit for the Warriors?
Aran Smith (NBADraft.net): Seeing that the Warriors top two players are Curry and Monta, I would say one of the forwards is probably the best fit. But that doesn't necessarily mean they should trade down if they got a top 2 pick, in fact they shouldn't. But Favors or Wes Johnson would certainly "fit" into their current team better than anyone.
Golden State of Mind: Some are calling Wall the best prospect since LeBron James. Where would you rank him among the top players to come out in the past decade? Should we believe the hype?
Aran Smith (NBADraft.net): That's overstating him. I wouldn't mention him in the same breath with LeBron. I think he has a chance to become as good as Rose. But I actually liked Rose more entering the draft. We've seen guys like Dwight Howard, Oden and Durant, and Rose the past few years. I don't think Wall would have been taken over any of those guys.
Stay tuned for Part Numero Dos!