Draft Night With The Warriors
January 1, 2011
Coast to coast, the 2011 NBA Draft was an eventful one for Warriors nation.
At team headquarters in Downtown Oakland, the practice facility morphed into a media workstation.
And in the War Room, Warriors ownership, front office staff and coaches followed the draft proceedings in anticipation of adding a few pieces to the 2011-12 team.
Across the bay in San Francisco, Franco Finn and Ruby Lopez emceed the Warriors Draft Party, presented by YouTube, at Jillians.
Everybody seemed to have an opinion on what direction the team should go with the 11th pick.
Warriors broadcaster Jim Barnett offered his thoughts on several draft prospects at Jillians.
As the 11th pick drew nearer, excitement picked up in the War Room.
KNBR 680 was broadcasting live from Warriors headquarters during the draft
and Chronicle Live was on the scene as well to break down the pick.
The 2011 NBA Draft took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and the Warriors selected Washington State guard Klay Thompson with the 11th pick.
The selection of Thompson marked the first draft pick in the Warriors tenure of Head Coach Mark Jackson and Assistant Coach Michael Malone.
Thompson played three years at Washington State and is a two-time All-Pac-10 First Team selection.
During his junior season, he led the Pac-10 and ranked 11th in the nation with 21.6 points per game.
Thompson also represented the U.S. in the 2009 U19 World Championship in New Zealand.
When the selection of Thompson was announced, the crowd at Jillians erupted in approval.
Warriors Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Larry Riley discussed the Thompson selection in a series of interviews following the pick.
Back at Jillians the party was just getting started.
Warriors guard Jeremy Lin was in attendance and signing autographs for fans
and Barnett was available to pose for photos.
With the 44th selection, the Warriors tabbed Hofstra guard Charles Jenkins.
Jenkins played four years at Hofstra and is a two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year.
Soon after that pick was made, it was announced that the Warriors had purchased the draft rights of forward/center Jeremy Tyler from the Charlotte Bobcats.
The 39th pick in the draft, Tyler played the last two years overseas and averaged 9.9 points and 6.4 rebounds last season for the Tokyo Apache of the Basketball Japan League.
As the night came to a close, Riley conducted a press conference at team headquarters.
Draft Night 2011 proved to be an eventful night for all of Warriors nation.
From the Draft Party at Jillians to the spectacle at team headquarters to the addition of three prospects
the night proved to be a great way to ignite the start of the 2011-12 season.