Larry Riley has stated that the Warriors will be players in this upcoming draft. Undoubtedly, exciting news.
With the acquisition of Richard Jefferson, the team has made it clear that they will focus primarily for the next two years, to continue to add talent through the draft rather than free agency. With the writing now clearly on the wall, how will the Warriors manage the draft picks recently acquired, plus seldom played but talented Jeremy Tyler, along with the discontented Dorell Wright?
Could Utah be a partner?
The Jazz are currently sitting at the 10th and 13th slots for the upcoming draft. With a wealth of 4/5's, and the need to restructure their backcourt, the Jazz are looking at a quality pool of big men, but not guards. Bradley Beal seems to be a good fit for them at 10, but do they draft Lillard or Rivers at 13?
Can the Warriors possibly be players for their 13th pick?
Could we then move further up the lottery, offering the 13th pick acquired from Utah and next year's 1st round draft choice to Portland for a realistic shot at Barnes, Robinson, or Sullinger? Portland has Lamarcus, and Batum at SF. They would still have a shot a quality center or Lillard at 13. The Warriors, being a sub .500 team, could offer them next year's pick as well.
This is the year we need to score. This upcoming season marks the beginning of a new era, and it needs positive momentum. All we need is one more, big time prospect. The NBA is beautiful in this way. One guy can make all the difference.
I want to hear what you think the Warriors are able to do this upcoming draft, and if there is a chance to get into the top 8 with the assets they currently have.
Jared Sullinger, a monstrous 4/5 who could develop behind Lee, and play major minutes as our third-rotation big.
Harrison Barnes would give the Warriors one of the youngest, brightest, and most dangerous 1,2,3 combos in the league.
Thomas Robinson will simply be a star.
Who do you like and why?