Nary a front office in recent Warrior history had the favorable assets that new GM Bob Myers possesses this upcoming off-season. Fans and management alike find themselves barely dodging a bullet of barren misgivings.
Here are some scenarios that I could imagine the Warriors doing, and why they would do so:
- Bringing back Ekpe Udoh
The departure of Monta Ellis not only marked the farewell of an exciting guard, but also the defensive wiz and steadily improving, Ekpe Udoh. Udoh appeared to be responding under the tutelage of Mark Jackson and Malone, suddenly finding his mark from mid-range, and patiently capitalizing more regularly on the block.
With Andrew Bogut (led league in blocks) and Udoh (1.7 Bpg) inserted on the court together, the Warriors would lock up the defensive interior very well. Not only would it be hard for teams to score in the paint, but it would also allow the coaching staff to experiment with an undersized Curry at the two spot much more comfortably.
~ Plan of acquisition
The Warriors could offer Milwaukee the no. 7 pick for Udoh straight up. This would give the Bucks two picks in the lottery (12, 7) and would solve the Warriors problem at back up power forward.
Is Udoh worth the 7th overall pick in this lottery?
Between he, Harrison Barnes, Sullinger, and Kendall Marshall, I say yes. Udoh has a focus and a team commitment that is unusual for professionals even at this level. Interior defense is something that I would covet in terms of constructing a winning team, and Udoh definitely brings this.
- Trading up, Michael Kidd - Gilchrist
The starting line up lacks a slashing swingman who can score at the rim with athleticism, and distribute the ball off the dribble. The Warriors badly need a mediator who can do both of these things. Also, the acquisition of Bogut has added a quality of toughness in the middle. Adding Gilchrist would give the team the toughness they need on the perimeter.
Offensively, the beauty of Kidd-Gilchrist is his fearlessness. Klay Thompson needs another ball-handler next to him opposite of Curry. Gilchrist may not quite be that, but he's too fearless to care otherwise. He attacks relentlessly - not so much without skills, either. With the jump shooting of Curry and Thompson, the starters need a guy to lay it all on the line.
Defensively, MKG challenges with grit and desire. Defense and rebounding are the main ingredients when creating a winning recipe, and Gilchrist can do both on an elite level. Most teams have a scorer at one of the three perimeter positions. Gilchrist can challenge scorers at any of these positions.
With young players like Charles Jenkins, Jeremy Tyler, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist being the youngest, would still be capable of leading the charge with this reputed work ethic. Starting every morning at 5 am, the freshman urged his teammates to participate in shoot-arounds at every dawn. The group became known as "The Breakfast Club".
These are the kinds of things Mark Jackson appreciates and needs from this young team in order to be a successful coach. Michael can provide this energetic unity.
~ Plan of acquisition
If Kidd-Gilchrist is selected by the Bobcats at 2, it might prove advantageous to the Warriors given the previous rapport between the two ball clubs. I think the plan is clearly to package the no. 30 overall pick, no. 35 pick, and Dorell Wright for either the Rocket's 14th or 16th pick (they have two).
Then trade the 7th and 14th pick for MKG.