Sunday, June 29, 2008

Recapping the Warriors' Draft

Overall, it is safe to say that the Warriors had a successful draft given that they had the 14th and 49th picks of the draft. The Warriors' first selection, Anthony Randolph, is tall, thin and athletic, three qualities Warriors GM Chris Mullin appears to covet in his first round draft choices (see Andris Biedrins and Brandan Wright). Though despite Randolph's feather-like frame, he has the potential to be a star in the league. Think Lamar Odom, but better. Mullin envisions Randolph to be the small forward in his starting lineup of the future which already includes Monta Ellis, Marco Belinelli, Wright and Biedrins. Sounds like a dominant teams as long as they all reach their full potential (which is a big "if").
As for the Warriors second selection of this year's draft, Richard Hendrix, the Warriors may have acquired the steal of the second round. Hendrix possesses the body and skills to be a Paul Milsap at worst and a Carlos Boozer at best. Not bad for a 49th pick. In addition, Hendrix provides the Warriors with a powerful body who can bang with the big boys, something which the Warriors are in desperate need of. If Hendrix turns out to be a steal, don't be surprised because Mullin has a nice track record when it comes to drafting second round talent.
Could the Warriors have done better in selecting their first two draft choices? Probably not as the Warriors drafted the best talent available for both their picks. But if the Warriors wanted to take that extra step to improve their draft, they could have. The Warriors could have traded up to snag Jarryd Bayless, who would have potentially provided the Warriors with their point guard of the future. Something which would ease the pain of Baron Davis' inevitable departure (which I feel will occur sooner rather than later). Or if Mullin was not sold on Jarryd's point guard skills, then he could have easily acquired Mario Chalmers to be a steady PG of the future.
Though let us not dwell on the negatives and focus on the positives. Ultimately, Randolph and Hendrix provide the Warriors two more potentially strong pieces to add to their team of the future. Not bad Mullie.

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