Is Ekpe Udoh a Legitimate Option for the Golden State Warriors at No. 6?

May 21st, 2010 by GoBears 2008 Leave a reply »
Golden State will probably not luck into a top-three talent at next month's NBA draft (unless a trade occurs).  On most mock drafts, the Warriors are locked in on a few players. However, Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area suggests that if the Warriors can't trade down, they should take Ekpe Udoh with the sixth overall pick.

While Udoh's stock has risen since he transferred form Michigan to Baylor, he is by no means a consensus top-six or even top-10 pick. However, his game could be beneficial to the Warriors in more ways than one.

Udoh's greatest asset is his defense. Obviously Warrior fans and NBA fans in general know that defense is not the team's strength, but statistics tell the story as well: Not since 2006-2007 has Golden State given up fewer than 106 points per game in a season.

In fact, this figure has increased to over 112 PPG allow in the last two seasons. Udoh averaged 3.7 blocks per game last season and had thirteen game with five or more blocks.

Ekpe's 18 point, 17 rebound, 10 block effort against Morgan State brought him significant attention in the national media. However, he was fairly consistent throughout conference play, and ...

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