Finding NBA talent among undrafted free agents could hardly be considered easy, but the Golden State Warriors organization has been somewhat successful in identifying talent over the last few years whether it be just for Las Vegas Summer League, their D-League affiliate in Santa Cruz or finding fringe guys who might turn into assets down the road.
After an uneventful night during the 2014 NBA Draft without a draft pick, the Warriors will probably look to find a diamond in the rough once again.
Notable undrafted players
Notable undrafted: Patric Young, Jabari Brown, Khem Birch, LaQuinton Ross, Jahii Carson, James McAdoo, C.J. Fair, DeAndre Kane, Melvin Ejim— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 27, 2014
Notable Undrafted 2: Deonte Burton, Mike Moser, Bryce Cotton, Sim Bhullar, Sean Kilpatrick, Kendall Williams, Jordan Bachynski, Niels Giffey— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 27, 2014
Notable Undrafted 4: Aaron Craft, Jakarr Sampson, Fuquan Edwin, Markel Starks, Shayne Whittington, Casey Prather, Chane Behanan, Alex Kirk— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 27, 2014
Just quickly cross-checking DraftExpress' list of notable undrafted players tweeted out last night with vjl110's draft model, here are five names immediately stand out as interesting (VJL's rank in parentheses):
- Khem Birch, UNLV (20)
- Sim Bhullar, New Mexico State (22)
- Kendall Williams, New Mexico (37)
- Patric Young, Florida (44)
- Fuquan Edwin, Seton Hall (49)
Obviously there are many others that the stats or scouts might favor, but that's at least a cross-section of players that might have merit based on the analytics and "traditional" scouting.
There's also Javon McCrea of Buffalo, who might be interesting to track and shows up as the top undrafted for VJL:
Who might fit the Warriors?
But getting to what we're probably most concerned about, Kevin O'Connor already highlighted a few undrafted players who we might want to keep an eye on in his Q&A with GSoM the other day.
A few names stick out to me, which makes me believe they're looking for an "energy" guy: Ovie Soko, Nick Wiggins, Okaro White, Eric Moreland, and Akil Mitchell are all fringe draft picks but bring many of the same tools as guys that will fly around the floor and play with reckless abandon...But of all the players Golden State has worked out, there is no better fit than Travis Bader, the NCAA's All-Time leader in three-pointers. Is there anything else that needs to be said?
I highlight the 6-foor-5 Bader again because this guy is really flying under the radar something fierce, if indeed he has potential: VJL's model doesn't list him and DraftExpress only has one short write-up for him. The common knock that appears in both DX's and O'Connor's accounts seems to be that Bader doesn't do much other than shoot - defense might not be counted among his strengths and he's supposedly not that great off the bounce.
We'll probably start hearing about who the Warriors had in their sights over the next few days, but for the true offseason junkies summer league season began last night.
For more on the top undrafted players of 2014, check out SB Nation - NBA's article about the top five undrafted players. For more on the draft - what little there was from a Warriors perspective - check out our NBA Draft section.