Player Top 10, Day 1: Point Guard

Over the next 5 days, I will be ranking the top 10 players at every position.

Today I am starting with Point Guards:

#10: Stephen Curry- GSW

Last season was tough for Steph who had a banged up ankle for much of the year, but when healthy, he is a 18ppg-4rpg-6apg-2spg guy that is a pesky and scrappy defender. I think that if he stays healthy this season he will earn and improve on this ranking and lead the Warriors to the playoffs.

#9: Kyle Lowry-TOR

Kyle Lowry is a great young point guard that I think has been placed into a great situation in Toronto. He has DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Terrance Ross, and Andrea Bargnani to dish the ball to as well as a great back up in Jose Calderon.

#8: Ty Lawson-DEN

I love Ty Lawson’s game and I think he is way under appreciated around the league. He is a good floor general, great scorer, and solid defender. He is also a guy who is in a great situation with Denver now that Andre Igoudala has been added to the roster. Lawson will show his abilities to the world come playoff time.

#7: Tony Parker-SAS

Tony Parker was a big part of the success that San Antonio had last season while Manu Ginobili was hurt. He stepped big time and showed that he can still be considered an elite point guard. He is getting older, and with a lot of up-and-coming point guards, I think that Tony Parker will be lower on this list after this season. I am not saying he will be worse, just that others will pass him up.

#6- Russell Westbrook-OKC

There is no denying Russell Westbrook’s skills after leading OKC to the NBA Finals last season. He is probably the fastest man in the league, and possibly the strongest and most powerful point guard right now. My only knock on him is that his assist numbers could be a bit better. I would love to see him get around 8.5-10 apg. If he can get there, he would be #1 or 2 on this list for sure.

#5- Steve Nash-LAL

Steve Nash is a beast. He is still averaging 10-11 assists this late in his career, which is ridiculous. The one thing that concerns me about Steve Nash this year is his new teammate Kobe. Kobe is a ball hog, everyone knows it, and it has been the one question mark for the Lakers now that they have assembled a super team. Can Kobe stand to have ball in his hands less and allow Nash to be the main ball handler for the Lakers? We will find out.

#4- Deron Williams-BRK

Deron Williams is a great point guard that I feel has gone under the radar since being traded to what is now Brooklyn Nets. He is one of the best passers and defenders at the point guard spot, as well as an elite scorer who has the ability to take a game over. I think he will only improve now that he is surrounded by Joe Johnson and a hopefully healthy Brook Lopez.

#3- Derrick Rose-CHI

Man are the Bulls really going to miss this guy for the 1st half of the season. Seeing him tear his ACL in the playoffs was a big bummer because to me, the Bulls would have really given the Heat a run for their money. DRose makes the Bulls tick right, and without him for a large portion of the season, the Bulls may not even make the playoffs. Not one player outside LeBron means more to the success of their team than Derrick Rose.

#2- Chris Paul-LAC

Chris Paul is definitely one of the best. He consistently averages better than 16 and 10, and is always their for his team in the clutch. He is the perfect guard for the “Lob City” offense, and is going to get paid big time next summer. Many people believe him to be the #1 PG, but I have him slightly in 2nd.

#1- Rajon Rondo-BOS

Rajon Rondo is the best point guard in the NBA, hands down. He is always grabbing a double-double, always a threat for a triple-double, an elite defender, and the best rebounding point guard in the league. The knock on him is his scoring ability, but I disagree. I think he showed us in last year’s playoffs that he is the best. He has come out publicly and said that he thinks that he is the best in the game, and I agree.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where I will be ranking the NBA’s Best Shooing Guards!

Why Don’t Free Agents Like the Warriors?

Well we are officially 20 hours away from 12:01 am, July 11th, when players can sign their contracts or offer sheets and to my surprise the Warriors have absolutely no players to sign. The Warriors do have 12 players on their current roster, but it is strange that they have made little noise with any of the key free agents that they could have brought in. They were snubbed by BRoy, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that many of the players they could use went to other teams for deals that the Warriors could have been competitive with. I mean Andre Miller 3yr/9mil, Kirk Hinrich 2yr/6mil,  and  Chauncey Billups 1yr/4.3mil where just a few of the players that got deals that were in the Warriors range, but they Dubs couldn’t make it happen. It brings me to the key question, why don’t many guys want to come to the Warriors?

 

There is a few simple answers:

1- Losing tradition

2- A lot of question marks with the roster

3- Unestablished Head Coach

4- OAKLAND

5- Below average arena and practice facilities

 

These are big problems when trying to convince good NBA players to the Bay because many players don’t recognize our loyal and enthusiastic fan-base, or our talented core of players like Curry, Thompson, Barnes, Lee, Bogut, and Rush. But, fortunately our owners are trying to solve those problems that free agents see with the Dubs. They are trying to put together a better roster by assembling players like Andrew Bogut, Klay Thompson, and Harrison Barnes to bring new energy to the organization. They have announced a move to San Francisco in 2017 that will include a new arena and new site for their headquarters and practice facilities. With those nice ongoing solutions to these issues, the way free agents will look at Golden State will change, but it will do this over time. In a few years. But basically… Not Now. Not this off-season. So the Warriors are going to have to do what they have been doing, which is being patient and waiting for the right player, or players, to come to us and see what the Bay Area has to offer them.

What to do with the MLE?

Now that the Draft has come and gone, we now know more about the Warriors plans for next season.

First and foremost, Dorell Wright is done as a Warrior. Now that the team has drafted Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green, there is no room for Dorell Wright on the roster. So the Warriors are going to look for a deal to trade him.

Second, resigning Brandon Rush is a must. The Warriors have made it clear that they are bringing Rush back next season by matching whatever offer he is presented. With depth at the guard positions being such a vital need for the Warriors, resigning Rush will go a long way.

Third, what to do with the MLE? The Warriors only have room to sign one player, so who will it be? The Warriors have interest in Brandon Roy, Jordan Hill, Kirk Hinrich, and Kenyon Martin.

Hopefully they can make some good decisions and put together a playoff roster!

Drummond or Barnes at #7?

Warrior Owner Joe Lacob and GM Bob Myers flew out to New York yesterday to watch private workouts by Harrison Barnes and Andre Drummond. This could be sign that those are the Dubs top 2 targets at #7. Drummond is a big risk that many believe will be a bust in the NBA. I think that we will have to see about him, but it’s not a good sign that many execs are questioning him this early. Harrison Barnes is a good player that will be a great NBA small forward, but unless the Warriors can trade Dorell Wright or Richard Jefferson, he is not worth a selection at #7.

I am a bigger fan of Damian Lillard and Dion Waiters because they are just as talented at the respective positions and they fill holes in the existing roster. So I hope that the private workouts don’t mean too much. We will see….

A few days left!

With just few days left before the NBA Draft, the Warriors selection at #7 is becoming easier to predict. It’s no secret that the Warriors have a top 6 that they are thinking about using the pick on.
(these are not in any specific order)

1. SF Harrison Barnes
2. PF/C Andre Drummond
3. SG Dion Waiters
4. PG Damian Lillard
5. C Tyler Zeller
6. C Meyers Leonard

My personal favorites of these are Damian Lillard, Dion Waiters, and Andre Drummond. I think that depth at PG, SG, and C are extremely important and are the best areas to address with our lottery pick. The health of Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut is highly questionable going into next season so getting one of those guys gives the Warriors some insurance. The Warriors have been reported to be really high on Dion Waiters, which would be a great selection, because he can come in and be a great scoring guard off of the bench who can also play some point guard.

It seems as though trade talk involving the #7 pick has cooled down, but look for the Warriors to acquire a 3rd first round pick and package it with their #30 pick to move into the 16-23 range. I think they will use their second first round pick on a SF like Jeffery Taylor, Moe Harkless, Royce White, or Quincy Miller.

The next few days will be exciting with all of the trade talks brewing. I hope the Warriors will make the right moves. Listen to the Logo (Jerry West)!!!!

Possible GSW Draft Strategies

As the NBA Draft comes closer and closer, the strategies that the Warriors are planning for draft night are becoming a bit of clear. I have been read a lot of forum posts, and blogs on various websites that are really leading Warriors fans in the wrong direction. Articles and Mock drafts stating that we must draft an Damian Lillard, Terrance Jones, Jeremy Lamb, Harrison Barnes, or Perry Jones are a complete joke because not only do we not NEED any of those players, there is no way in hell that we are going to draft them. The main reason for this is because they do not fill a position we need. It would great to get an upgrade at the Small Forward position, but unless we are picking #2 and getting Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, there is no need to draft at SF when we have two competent players in Dorell Wright and Richard Jefferson. Drafting either of the Joneses or Barnes would be a waste to pick at #7, when their are decent players that we can get at #30. I believe that the Warriors have 5 options on draft night:

 

1– Pick a backup Shooting Guard to play behind Klay Thompson and David Lee.

Possible Picks here would be: Bradley Beal, Andre Drummond, Jared Sullinger, or John Henson

 

2-Move up in the draft to #2-4 range

Possible picks here: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Thomas Robinson

 

3-Trade back from #7

Strategy: If the player they want like Beal or Drummond gets picked, they could trade with a team that my highly covet Damian Lillard or another player and move back to unload salary or pick up a quality veteran.

Possible Teams to Trade with: New Orleans, Portland, Phoenix, Houston, Orlando, Chicago, Miami, or LA Lakers.

 

4-Trade Dorell Wright a 2 of their lower picks

Strategy: The purpose of this would be to trade up into mid-1st round, so that they would have the #7 pick, and a mid-1st rounder

Possible Trading Partners: Houston, Boston, Atlanta, Memphis, or Miami

 

5– The Last Resort: Using all 4 Picks

Strategy: If the Warriors can’t find a deal on draft night, it is widely known that they will draft and stash with their #52 selection and draft the 3 best players available with their other selections.

 

My hope is that the Warriors find a way to make option 2, 3, or 4 happen because staying put it not going to help the roster’s talent and is not going improve our cap situation. Will the Warriors finally take advantage of Draft Night, and not just the Draft.

My basics thoughts about the state of Golden State

Since this is my first real post, I thought I would start with my basic thoughts about the state of what is going on with the team.

 

Where to start! There is the draft coming up, too many draft choices at the moment, possible trades, question marks all over the roster, no cap room, and a likely move to SF in 2017. A lot to cover in a very interesting time to be a Warriors fan.

 

Let’s start with the set up of the current roster:

 

PG- Curry, Jenkins

SG- Thompson

SF- Wright, Jefferson

PF- Lee, Tyler

C- Bogut, Biedrins

 

At the moment, all we really have is a starting lineup and ugly contracts. Biedrins and Jefferson are eye sores and their contracts are just plain stupid. We have a need for a starting SF after a let down season from Dorell Wright, a reserve energetic scoring SG that can lead our bench unit, a solid backup for an often injured Steph Curry, and a third big man to compliment Bogut and DLee. All of these needs, and they can only be taken care of through the Draft and the Mid-Level Exception.

 

This takes us to the draft. The Dubs have 4 picks to address as many of these issues as they can or trade the picks to do that. With the #7,30,35,52 Picks to Warriors have options, and they have gone on the record saying that they don’t plan on keeping all of the picks. I am a fan of consolidating the number of picks we have to 3 through trades, but the Warriors need to be smart about how they do it because as us Warriors fans have seen in the past, the Warriors rarely win a trade. This is a pattern that must change in order for us to progress into a consistent contender.

 

As an East Bay fan for most of my life, I wasn’t very happy with the recent announcement to move to SF. I definitely was not surprised, but it still bummed me out that the ownership would make this move that so clearly alienates the fan of the East Bay that have supported the team in bad times over the past 20 years. The new stadium will be big hassle to get to for most East Bay fans because the proposed parking garage will only have 1 to 2 thousand spots for a 30,000 person stadium not to mention how hard it will be to get into San Francisco during peak traffic for a 7:30 tip-off. The cons aside, this is a great business decision for the Warriors and will make them a large market team that will attract marquee free agents.

 

Overall, I think with some intelligent player personnel moves, the Warriors can be a playoff contender soon, and possibly a title contender when things get rolling in San Francisco. I’ll try my best to predict and brainstorm some of the groundbreaking trades and signings that we need to become a great NBA team!