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We're Mocking You: NBA Mock Drafts 2007- 2nd Edition

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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? (Each of their 5 writers made a pick)

(Greg White) #18 Thaddeus Young
(Pree Bhattacharya ) #18 Nick Young
(Joel Brigham) #18 Tiago Splitter
(Tommy Beer) #18 Rudy Fernandez
(Steve Kyler) #18 Gabe Pruitt

NBA #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?

Stephane Lasme

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

Coming from the lately very prolific Brazilian talent pool, Tiago Splitter is one of the most consistent big men the emerge out of the international scene in the past few years. Long, athletic, tough, intense, but also featuring a few promising skills, Splitter has made a name for himself in Europe by becoming a very important cog (the starting center) on one of the top teams in the Old Continent, Tau Vitoria. This is a team whose place amongst the elite teams in Europe was established by reaching the Euroleague Final Four both this season and last. #18 Sean Williams

Don Nelson and Chris Mullin have no problems bringing in players with a past and Williams' past does include being a jaw-dropping shot blocker. No player outside of Oden and Durant would be better for the Warriors than Williams. #18 Thaddeus Young

Long and athletic lefty combo forward who passes the "airport test" and then some. Can hit shots at a nice rate from the perimeter or from mid-range, but struggles putting the ball on the floor. Perimeter defense is pretty shaky. Has good hands, a beautiful jump-hook and is a solid offensive rebounder, but is a little too soft to use his tools consistently in the post. More of an upside pick than anything, he's very much stuck in between the 3 and the 4 spots and likely won't contribute much in his first few years in the NBA. Solid attitude off the court, but could really use another year in school.

ESPN (Chad Ford): #18 Jason Smith

Smith is the perfect type of player for Nellie. He is tall and athletic, gets up and down the floor and can score from just about anywhere on the floor. He also plays with great energy. Smith could be a real sleeper in the draft.

Inside Hoops: #18 Josh McRoberts

A fairly complete, pretty athletic player who can do everything except shoot outside. Passes better than most forwards on this list. We're not sure what his ideal position is in the NBA. (Dennis Velasco): #18 Josh McRoberts

Team Needs: We know that they like to shoot and can hit the three, but at some point, it's just not going to fall in. There are perimeter players galore, so time to infuse some post play into the playbook... at least to fake like they're actually going to run some half-court sets.

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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