Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Warriors pick sixth in draft

The Warriors fell two spots in the draft to #6. This is another David Stern conspiracy to beef up the weak Eastern conference and improve ratings in two huge markets (Philly and DC). Okay, I'm not serious.

The fall from fourth to sixth pick doesn't make a difference. One mock draft has the Warriors taking Cole Aldrich, the 6'11" center from Kansas. (head scratch) Another has Wes Johnson, 6'7" forward from Syracuse, falling into the Warriors laps. The Warriors would be very fortunate if Wes Johnson is available when they pick sixth, but Al-Farouq Aminu, 6'8" SF from Wake Forest, would be a nice pick, too. I doubt DeMarcus Cousins will be available, but if he is, I hope they pass on him. He reminds me of Erick Dampier and is a project. It looks like the Warriors must rely on the free agent market or the players currently on the roster, to address the most glaring weakness: power forward/center.

Outside of John Wall and Evan Turner, the talent in this year's draft is evenly distributed. I don't see any players who can step in and lead a franchise face lift on a bad team, but there is a myriad of players who can can strengthen the bench of already good teams. This draft will not be like the draft of 2003 (1. LeBron, 2. Carmello, 3. D-Wade, 4. Bosh...). I can only see John Wall as a face-of-franchise player. This year's draft will help the best get better, as there will be solid players for the taking, who can make immediate impact and depth on the bench. #19,20,21,22 picks go to the Celtics, Spurs, Thunder, and Blazers respectively.

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