OK, so we're doing this thing where we rank the assets, but we're doing it "Survivor" style, eliminating one player per poll, until we've decided who is the most valuable to the Warriors in 2016 and beyond. Once a player is eliminated, they shouldn't be counted as a reason to choose the next player. Whether or not Jason Thompson's presence lessens the value of Festus Ezeli in real life shouldn't be taken into account once Jason Thompson has been voted out in this little game.
In 1936, a man named Dale Carnegie wrote a remarkable book called "How to Win Friends and Influence People". The book is a self help manifesto, selling over 15 million copies and credited by thousands of success stories. Johnny Cash graduated from a Carnegie course. So did Lyndon B. Johnson. Chuck Norris and Charles Manson are both graduates, and so is Warren Buffett, who first discovered the book when he was a 15 year old high school student having a hard time fitting in. At 20, Buffett took Carnegie's course on the subject, and still hangs the diploma he received on his office wall.
One of the keys in the book is the power of yes.
Three little letters that make the most eagerly anticipated word in the English language, yes is the answer we're all looking for. Yes means affirmative. Yes is an agreement. Yes is the climax of discussion.
16) Chris Babb (41%)
15) Brandon Rush (68%)
14) Ian Clark (68%)
13) Jason Thompson (34%)
12) Leandro Barbosa (36%)
11) James Michael McAdoo (41%)
10) Marreese Speights (35%)
9) Harrison Barnes (47%... curiously, Barnes also ranked #9 in last season's poll)