Pre-Draft Analysis

Areas Of Strength
Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, Drayomnd Green, Kevin Durant. All in their prime. It’s hard to argue that a team of Golden State’s caliber is needing plenty from the draft, especially since the Warriors are picking low and how difficult it is for rookies to chip their way into the playing rotation. All five starting positions are solid and the backup situation is better than most teams, although the Warriors are always looking for upgrades. Whether they can do that from the draft is always tricky, but they did get Draymond in the second round, so anything’s possible.

Needs Work
The Warriors were center-heavy last season and that hurt them when matchups favored smaller players. They might concentrate more on finding a backup to Kevin Durant. Other than Andre Iguodala, there really isn’t such player, especially if Kevon Looney leaves via free agency. Because of their luxury-tax status, the Warriors are always looking for cheap talent regardless of position and someone to be used in player development. Last year they purchased the right to draft Jordan Bell.

Two Stats That Matter
56.9 percent -- With an effective field goal percentage of 56.9 percent in the regular season, the Warriors set the all-time record for a third straight year.

4.5 -- The Warriors were the most improved defensive team in the playoffs through the conference finals, allowing 4.5 fewer points per 100 possessions (99.7) than they did in the regular season (104.2).

-- John Schuhmann

The Way To Go
At 28 the pickings will be slim, but how about Jalen Brunson? He’s not the greatest shooter but a smart point guard who led Villanova to the national title. He’s pass-first, and that would serve a high-scoring team like the Warriors well and reduce that responsibility from Draymond Green. Bruce Brown, a defensive guard from Miami, is another possibility although again, he’s not a shooter.

2017-18 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank) 
Offensive: 112.2 (1st)
Defensive: 104.2 (9th)

Under Contract
G: Stephen Curry
G: Klay Thompson
G: Shaun Livingston
G: Quinn Cook
F: Draymond Green
F: Andre Iguodala
F: Jordan Bell

Free Agents
G: Patrick McCaw (restricted)
G: Nick Young (unrestricted)
F: David West (unrestricted)
F: Kevon Looney (unrestricted)
F: Omri Caspi (unrestricted)
F: Kevin Durant (player option)
C: Zaza Pachulia (unrestricted)
C: JaVale McGee (unrestricted)

Recent Draft History
2017: No pick
2016: Damian Jones (30)
2015: Kevon Looney (30)
2014: No pick
2013: No pick
2012: Harrison Barnes (7), Festus Ezeli (30), Draymond Green (35), Ognjen Kuzmic (52)

-- Shaun Powell


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