NBA Draft 2011: Grading and Analyzing the Golden State Warriors’ Draft Picks

July 1st, 2011 by Darius Sadeghi Leave a reply »
On June 23, 2011, Klay Thompson (Washington St.), Jeremy Tyler (Japan/San Diego) and Charles Jenkins (Hofstra) all become members of the Golden State Warriors family. In my eyes, all of these draft picks were great choices by the Warriors, even though Thompson, perhaps, did not fill a need.

Klay Thompson is a flat-out stroker. He can shoot the lights out from deep range, including a few feet behind the three-point line. Although the Warriors have Monta Ellis, Reggie Williams, and Dorell Wright as their swingmen, Klay Thompson gives them more depth.

Many people argue over whether teams should draft the best available player or draft for need, and in my eyes Klay was the best available player at the 11th spot. If the Warriors had chosen any other player with this pick, I would have been very disappointed, as I believe Klay will be better than almost all players picked behind him.

Also, factor in the great possibility of Monta being traded, and the pick makes perfect sense. Thompson, after being groomed for a few years, can step in and be Reggie Miller 2.0 while giving the Warriors the bigger backcourt that they have been searching for. I give this pic ...

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