The Golden State Warriors drafted for need, athleticism and length during Thursday's night draft and it's hard not to come away from that happy.
So what did "outsiders" think about the pick? I took a quick sampling of grades online from those who had something interesting to say and the consensus is positive, though there are a few doubters about the Jones pick.
|DeanOnDraft||DeanOnDraft||B?||"...a solidly good night..."|
|Kelly Dwyer||Yahoo! Sports||A||"(Jones) fell to 30 because there are questions about Jones' drive and, well, motivation"|
|Adam Fromal||Bleacher Report||B+||"Patrick McCaw should eventually translate as a quality three-and-D presence...Just don't expect him to translate immediately."|
|Kevin O'Connor||Sporting News||A+||"Jones was a Tier 4 prospect on my big board (players ranked 21 to 45), but I likely would've had him in the teens if you guaranteed me he'd land with the Warriors."|
|Dakota Schmidt||Ridiculous Upside||B+||"The Warriors spent the NBA Draft selecting two "low-risk, medium-reward" prospects."|
|Jacob Stallard||NBADraft.net||A-||"(McCaw) figures to be a Shaun Livingston type and could be groomed into his eventual replacement...Jones has the talent to end up better than 9th pick Jakob Poeltl."|
|Ed Weiland||Hoops Analyst||C||"McCaw a better pick and could be a great fit in this offense."|
|Sam Vecenie||CBS Sports||B+||"Just simple, smart moves for the Warriors"|
The consensus is clearly that these two guys will need some seasoning time, which can be expected when you're drafting in the 30's. It is certainly yet another time when having a strong relationship with a D-League affiliate could really pay off. And given the way the rest of the draft played out, it will be interesting to see whether Jones proves himself to be the right pick over time.
For more reaction to the Warriors' draft picks, please check out our draft storystream.