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2012 NBA Offseason: Golden State Warriors

Draft Grades, Offseason Needs, Free Agents

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Golden State Warriors (Last Year: 23-43)

Live 2012 NBA Draft Grades:

7. Harrison Barnes, F, North Carolina: C Grade
I don't love this pick, but I don't hate it either. Barnes, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson give the Warriors a ton of scorers on the wing, so two questions comes to mind: will there be enough shots to go around and who is going to play defense?

30. Festus Ezeli, C, Vanderbilt: B- Grade
The Warriors add some size inside, which they didn't necessarily need since Andrew Bogut and Andris Biedrins are already on the roster. Ezeli brings some defense to the paint, but is not incredibly skilled on the offensive end. I would have rather seen Golden State roll the dice a bit here rather than playing it safe, but the team does have a pair of second-round picks as well.

35. Draymond Green, F, Michigan State: A Grade
This is a terrific second-round value for the Warriors as Green's versatility, intangibles and basketball IQ will serve him well as a possible rotation guy in the NBA. Golden State does need some depth at power forward, and, while Green is a bit undersized, he will bring energy off the bench.

52. Ognjen Kuzmic, C, Bosnia and Herzegovina: C Grade
With four picks in the draft, I figured the Warriors would take at least one foreign guy. Kuzmic might be a factor in the NBA in a couple of years.

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Pelicans fan 07-05-2013 11:59 am (total posts: 1)
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If golden state really wants Dwight.... Beidrens to us for a second rounder
2.aquire Dwight in a sign-and-trade with the lakers for Bogut and Jefferson(and maybe draft picks)

Golden State becomes a top team,the lakers get something for Dwight and the pelicans fill the void at center.
Brandon 07-09-2012 02:59 am (total posts: 1)
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really c for barnes at number 7 W need sf
Roger Ramjet 07-01-2012 08:23 pm (total posts: 1)
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OK, so both you and your partner had Barnes going with the 4'th pick to Cleveland and then you give the W's a C for taking him 7'th.

Will 06-24-2012 02:29 am (total posts: 2)
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1. That's out of their control.

2. Tyler is developing and they will undoubtedly spend one of their picks on a C.

3. Kind of a need. Not really.

4. GSW GM basically guaranteed that they will resign Rush.
Samantha 06-17-2012 03:56 am (total posts: 1)
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first off very good selections. I hope the gitans draft a long snapper. I think we (Cowboys) have a gift and a curse this year. we are right in the middle of the 1st round and there's gonna be so much talent there but not necessarily worth a 14th pick but also some you don't wanna watch get picked up by other teams. it's no longer about drafting the best available but maybe the safest available. I think fletcher cox would probably be a great selection as long as we have intentions on getting so
Jay 06-11-2012 01:52 pm (total posts: 1)
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I think GS should take a chance on Perry Jones. I think Mark Jackson will get him to bring it.
tom 07-01-2011 11:58 am (total posts: 1)
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I wonder if Leonard is going to be able to translate to small forward in the NBA after having been primarily a C/PF in college in a league not known for size or strength inside. I think by drafting two guards the Warriors have all but publically announced that Ellis is available but the idea that they'd want Iggy is simply inane. He's an overpaid waste of time who's length of contract alone would furthur hamper the Warriors in freeagency. Josh Smith? If he's so valuable why has he been shopped for two years now with no takers?
EW 06-28-2011 11:53 am (total posts: 1)
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Why does everyone consider Kawhi Leonard a defensive stopper, did you see what Jimmer did to him?
bj 06-28-2011 10:47 am (total posts: 1)
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warrior fans should not be frustrated. ellis could still be traded for josh smith or andre iguodala. That would give you a more proven veteran, toughness, and equal defensive ability on this young team. warrior fans should be excited about the future. they could potentially have a memphis like team in terms of quality depth. the Jeremy Tyler pick was huge in terms of that he is a top ten talent for a big man with maturity issues. but so what. most of us had it at that time. best thing for him was that he had a reality check the last two years. if he still has confidence he could turn out to be one of the best players in the whole draft.
rusty shackelford 06-24-2011 10:45 am (total posts: 1)
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I bet they are thinking with Thompson it opens them up to trade Monta Ellis for some quality defenders.
ryan 06-23-2011 11:18 pm (total posts: 1)
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disappointed... would rather have picked up Kawhi Leonard.
will 06-23-2011 08:37 pm (total posts: 2)
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why not kawhi leonard? so frustrating as a warriors fan...
Walter 06-21-2011 05:04 pm (total posts: 1)
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First comment... we're going to have comment boards like this all over the site soon. We're still working out the kinks, so this is not the finished product.

2011-12 Season Summary:
First-year head coach Mark Jackson didn't exactly make good on his introductory press conference promise of leading the Warriors to the playoffs this season. It wasn't Jackson's fault though that he fell short of his guarantee.

Injuries affected the core of the Warrior roster. Stephen Curry was bothered by an ankle injury and only played in 26 games. His backcourt mate, Monta Ellis, was dealt for center Andrew Bogut, who didn't suit up in a single game for Golden State, also because of a banged up ankle.

David Lee was shut down late in the season due to a torn abdominal muscle as rumblings began that Golden State was tanking late in the season to keep their first-round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. (The Warriors need their first-round pick to fall in the top seven otherwise it ends up going to Utah.) For one game late in the season, Golden State actually started five rookies.

Of those new faces, Klay Thompson proved that he can also score at the NBA level. Thompson averaged 18.6 points per game over the final month of the season which certainly helped fill the void left by Ellis. Second-round picks Charles Jenkins and Jeremy Tyler were thrust into larger roles that quite honestly, they weren't ready for, which contributed to the Warriors' poor record. Golden State also got solid offensive production from veterans Brandon Rush and Dorrell Wright, but remained one of the worst defensive teams in the league.

Golden State now enters the offseason with little flexibility in free agency since Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins are eating up more than $19 million in cap space for next season. Those contracts are likely untradeable since both players own player options for 2013-14 worth a combined $20-plus million. With a solid core of veterans and some promising youngsters, the Warriors aren't that far off from reaching Jackson's initial goal of getting Golden State back to the postseason.

C: Andrew Bogut/Andris Biedrins/*Mickell Gladness

PF: David Lee/Jeremy Tyler

SF: Dorrell Wright/Richard Jefferson/*Chris Wright

SG: Klay Thompson/*Brandon Rush

PG: Stephen Curry/Charles Jenkins

NBA Free Agents:

*SG-Brandon Rush (RFA)

*SF-Chris Wright (RFA)

*C-Mickell Gladness (RFA)

PG-Nate Robinson (UFA)

C-Mikki Moore (UFA)

F-Dominic McGuire (UFA)

2012-13 Team Salary: Approximately $55.4 million

NBA Offseason Needs:

1. Get Healthy: Andrew Bogut was sidelined due to season-ending ankle surgery, while Stephen Curry underwent ankle surgery this offseason. Both should be ready for the start of next season, and the Warriors need that duo at full strength if they have any hope of competing for a Western Conference playoff spot.

2. Frontcourt Depth: Andris Biedrins suffered through an embarrassingly horrendous season, and the team dealt Ekpe Udoh as part of the Bogut trade. Jeremy Tyler did show promise as a young big man but the Warriors would be wise to add some depth up front especially since Bogut has experienced some injury-riddled seasons the past couple of years.

3. Distributing Point Guard: After signing Nate Robinson to fill the short-term role of back-up point guard, Golden State should look to add a true distributor to play behind Curry and also provide insurance in case Curry does not return at 100 percent. Charles Jenkins did see time at the one but is more of a combo guard than true floor general. Bringing in a true distributor would also give Jackson the flexibility of allowing Curry to play off the ball some more.

4. Re-sign Rush?: Brandon Rush becomes a restricted free agent this season and has a qualifying offer worth almost $4.1 million which the Warriors will certainly extend his way. The question becomes whether or not Rush is worth signing to a long-term extension that would almost certainly result in a raise. Thompson appears to be the shooting guard of the future, but it never hurts to have a bench player like Rush. It just depends on what the price tag ends up being.

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