The development of our Core Group started in 2005 with Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrens. In 2009, we found a keeper in Stephen Curry, plus we got a Sleeper in Reggie Williams. Last year we drafted Ekpe Udoh and Jeremy Lin, both efficient role players, and Jeff Adrien, another undrafted but useful player. Of course, as a whole, these players haven't had the clear Vision from ownership as it does today, and it shows in what they've accomplished to date. We've acquired David Lee and Dorell Wright last year to add to our draftees and with a year under their belt and a new non-interim Coach, provided with a high caliber Staff, this team can finally plant its' roots and build for the future.
In comparison, before the Thunder moved to OK City from Seattle, they had already drafted Nick Collison and Kevin Durant Because of lack of public funding for a new Arena, Oklahoma City businessman, Clay Bennett moved the Sonics to OKC. And as the Thunder, in 2008 they drafted Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. In 2009, they drafted James Harden. All these Draft picks are the core a of what OKC is today. And with some little tweaks via trades, they have assembled a good group of young players that will contend in the West Conference for a long time.
Under a new Think Tank , this recent draft brought us Klay Thompson, Charles Jenkins and Jeremy Tyler. I had Thompson as a top 3 SG overall and the safest SG to pick, Jenkins as the Top 3 Senior PG (Top 5 overall) after Fredette and Goudelock,. And in Tyler we get a former Top HS Prospect, (who knows what would have happened if he went to College) we might be getting a No. 1 Lottery Pick for the price of 2 Million .
As in previous years (Anthony Morrow, C.J. Watson, Anthony Tolliver, Reggie) we might get some undrafted player such as Center Denzel Bowles or PFs Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Frank Hassell, Papa Dia and Jerai Grant, or Small Forward Damian Saunders- a group of overlooked Seniors in this years draft. I personally like the first two as they actually played well against top 100 RPI College teams. Hey! If we could have all off them to replace our outgoing Unrestricted Free Agents-Go for it! Note: among PFs and Centers, I had these ranked higher than Keith Benson, Trey Thompkins, Tristan Thompson and Terrence Jennings.
We finally have smart new Owners , a dynamic front office and a "Mommah-of-a-Coaching Staff". With what we have now top to bottom is the start of a new era for the Golden State Warriors. ( Cue in Nina Simone "Feeling Good)