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Grading the Warriors' Draft

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Went digging around a little to see what people thought of the Warriors' draft picking up Anthony Randolph and Richard Hendrix.

ESPN Draft Grades

Grade: A

Analysis: Randolph has as much upside as anyone in the draft not named Beasley or Rose. But as with the huge upside guy they took last year, Brandan Wright, it might take Randolph a while to realize it.

I'm assuming down the road they'll play Wright at the 4 and hope Randolph develops into a 3. Along with Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins, Wright and Randolph could form a nice young core for the time when Baron Davis, Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson move on.

As for Hendrix, he can be a solid role player -- a good get at No. 49.

 

Tim Kawakami at Talking Points: Warriors take Anthony Randolph… hey, sometimes it’s NOT a smokescreen

Just saw Don Nelson, who was smoking cigars with his coaches and they had big smiles. I popped over and just asked him if he got his guy with Anthony Randolph. “That’s the guy I wanted,” Nelson said. There ya go.

 

For more, hit the jump.

CNN-SI:

Grade: C

P Chris Mullin and coach Don Nelson can't seem to get enough of forwards with proverbial upside. They picked up another one in LSU string bean Randolph, one year after acquiring slender North Carolina forward Brandan Wright in a draft-night deal. Hendrix was a big rebounder at Alabama, an area of need for the Warriors.

 

NBA Draft.net

Anthony Randolph
This marks the third year in a row the Warriors come out of the draft with a very long, very young, and very thin big man (Patrick O’Bryant and Brandan Wright the last two years). If these guys all blossom, the Warriors have a bright future. Like O’Bryant and Wright, Randolph probably won’t get much time as a rookie, especially with Golden State contending for a playoff spot.

 

Richard Hendrix

Hendrix is a tremendous athlete who plays with a high energy level. He's rather raw, but could establish himself as a productive role player in the right situation.

 

DraftExpress

Teams that lost ground:

-Lottery pick Anthony Randolph is purely a project, and Golden State once again is taking a chance (Patrick O’Bryant, Ike Diogu). Golden State’s future is a little dimmer today, though they slightly redeemed themselves by selecting Richard Hendrix in the second round.

 

Drop any grades or links to Warriors draft analysis in the comments.