I'm mocking you
It's been about 3 weeks since the last mock draft update and quite a bit has changed. With just over 15 days left before the draft, expect more and more rumors to start flying around about teams trading up, down, and all around.
For the Warriors, they'll be busy working out a lot of college players. For the next two weeks, they have 28 players coming in, most will be potential 2nd round draft picks.
In other news for the Warriors, trade rumors have been swirling around moving up with Boston to draft The Yi Movement. In my mind, the Warriors don't have the right mix of players to move up that far in this loaded draft without giving up too much. Even if we were to get that pick, I'm not sold on taking Yi with that pick. I'd take the best player available and that player is Corey Brewer. Take the most talented guy and fix the big man needs with a post-draft day trade. But that's all just speculation because the Warriors may not make a big move on draft day and may wind up using just their first round #18 pick.
The best player on the best college team
So who do the various mock drafts around the WWW have the Warriors taking?
HoopsWorld.com (Each of their 5 writers made a pick)
(Pree Bhattacharya ) #18 Nick Young
(Joel Brigham) #18 Tiago Splitter
(Tommy Beer) #18 Rudy Fernandez
(Steve Kyler) #18 Gabe Pruitt
NBA Draft.net: #18 Rudy Fernandez, #36 Sean Williams, #46 Stephane Lasme
Rudy Fernandez and especially Sean Williams have been discussed in the GSoM diaries, but I haven't heard of Stephane Lasme before. What's the scouting report?
Strengths: Extremely mobile and athletic player ... Runs the court like a guard and shows rare lateral quickness for a player his size ... Fluent shot blocker capable of dominating the lane ... Shows pro timing and great explosive leaping ability to continue this skill on the NBA level ... Long arms and mobility allow for him to be a solid help defender
Weaknesses: Lasme will turn 25 in December which makes it hard to gauge how much potential he has left ... Body type suggests that he may have problems adding more weight to his body ... Offensively his back to the basket skills are still in need of refinement ... Has problems setting up in the low post as he is often rooted out due to lack of body strength ... Still learning the nuances of the game which really show up in his court awareness
Draft Express: #18 Tiago Splitter
RealGM.com: #18 Sean Williams
HoopsHype.com: #18 Thaddeus Young
ESPN (Chad Ford): #18 Jason Smith
Inside Hoops: #18 Josh McRoberts
About.com (Dennis Velasco): #18 Josh McRoberts
Player Comment: McRoberts has a lot of offensive skill - able to run the floor, face the basket, or score with his back to the basket. That versatility makes McRoberts a great addition here as he can hang with all the runners on the team and give the Warriors a new dimension down in the box.
Pro Basketball news: #18 Javaris Crittenton, #36 Dominic McGuire, #46 Jermareo Davidson
CBS Sportsline (Tony Meija): #18 Thaddeus Young
CBS Sportsline (TSX): #18 Jason Smith
Who do you think the Warriors will take with the #18 pick?
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