Depending on whom you ask, the Warriors either fought hard or didn’t fight at all when it came to retaining their first-round draft pick this season.
Either way, they find themselves with the No. 7 pick in today’s draft. And as the big day approaches, one conclusion is becoming more and more obvious:
This might have been pretty much a waste of time and energy.
If you believe some of the mock drafts, a team that missed the playoffs for a fourth consecutive time in April will do nothing more than add a backup center when its time arrives in the mid-lottery.
Be it Connecticut’s Andre Drummond or maybe even North Carolina’s Tyler Zeller, the Warriors wouldn’t be getting the star-power-type of player they desperately lack amid a foundation built around Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, David Lee and Andrew Bogut.
Rather, they’d be adding insurance in case Lee or Bogut either can’t fully recover from recent surgery or gets hurt again.
That explains why the club spent some time on the phone leading up to the draft, trying to pry a pick high enough to snatch Kentucky small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
The Warriors’ biggest need is clearly at small forward, and while Kidd-Gilchrist could be gone at No. 7, other options have emerged as possibilities, including North Carolina’s uber-talented but underperforming Harrison Barnes or Baylor’s Perry Jones III.
Oakland native and Weber State point guard Damian Lillard could be an option as Golden State doesn’t have an established backup point guard behind Curry. Lillard has been rocketing up draft boards after averaging 24.5 points in his junior season.
However it shakes out, the Warriors are loaded with plenty of ammunition to move up or down in the draft. Outside of the No. 7 pick, they also possess Nos. 30, 35 and 52.
At the top of the draft, Kentucky’s Anthony Davis is considered a lock to go No. 1 to the New Orleans
— The Sports Xchange via Reuters