DRAFT PICKS: Round 1: #7
|14. Anthony Randolph||18. Marco Belinelli||9. Patrick O'Bryant||9. Ike Diogu|
|* Draft rights traded|
As is the case with any Nellie Ball team, Golden State treats the scoreboard like a pinball player with a bonus ball. Monta Ellis, Stephen Jackson, Corey Maggette and undrafted breakout rookie Anthony Morrow can fill it.
Andris Biedrins, all 6-foot-11, 240 pounds of him, is the only post defender the Warriors have. On nights when they play a team like the Nuggets who have three guys who live in the paint, there's just no chance for Golden State to win. Anthony Randolph and Brandan Wright, forwards selected in the first round the last two seasons, need to step up or be shipped out.
Golden State finally cleared up the front-office drama that hung over the team last season, as Chris Mullin was shown the door, and Larry Riley was promoted to general manager after Mullin was stripped of most of his power within the organization last year. With Crawford being dealt, the team will have some salary to play with in free agency this summer. With no true point guard signed for next season, look for the Warriors to try to find a one guard with the No. 7 pick in the Draft.