NBA mailbag: On losing to keep the pick


NBA mailbag: On losing to keep the pick

The mailmans been gone You criticized fans rooting for tanking (akaplayer development). What do you suggest we root for instead? 10th or 9th?Chris, Bay Area.Steinmetz: I dont believe I criticized fans whowant the team to lose. My main point was that the whole thing is weak, from thegames having little to no consequence, to fans rooting against the team, to theforsaking of this season with the promise of gold next year.I also think there may be an unrealistic expectation of thekind of player the Warriors could end up with in the 2012 draft assuming, ofcourse, they keep their pick.If after the lottery the Warriors wind up with the No. 1pick through the No. 7 pick, they will keep it. If they end up with the No. 8pick or worse, it goes to Utah.The way the Warriors are going, they very well may end upkeeping their pick, which is still likely to be in the No. 5 through No. 7range. But the list of difference-makers doesnt run that deep.Once you get past the top two or three picks, depending,there doesnt seem to be an immediate impact player available. That doesntmean the Warriors might not get a solid player there. But as far as making theplayoffs next year, its doubtful the player they draft will affect thatsignificantly.I can understand why some fans might want the team to lose,thereby increasing the likelihood of the Warriors getting to keep their pick.And not only that, increasing the likelihood that the pick could getbetter.But its still all just a roll of the dice, and in themeantime this season was thrown away.And the reality is much of next season will depend on thehealth of Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut, two players who will be coming offseason-ending injuries.Can the Warriors be better next year, maybe even make theplayoffs? Yes, that can happen. But its also very possible that next yearisnt a playoff season and the fans were sold a bill of goods that it wouldbe.Since you've clearly shown your lack of confidencein any pick after the first few, what type of player are you looking for?--Luie,Oakland.Steinmetz: I think the Warriors still have toaddress a few issues. First, I think they need a backup guard, and probably morespecifically a point guard.The backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson is youngand inconsistent. The Warriors are going to have to find a little morestability back there, and it would help if they could acquire a legitimatepoint guard so they could move Curry to the two guard when necessary.In any event, its unrealistic to believe Curry and Thompsonwill each play 35-plus minutes.The Warriors are also going to need a competent backup atthe fourfive position. David Lee and Andrew Bogut might form a nice frontcourttandem, but they need a defensive-minded big man and it would really help ifthat player were athletic.And speaking of athleticism, the Warriors are going to needmore of it. If you look at their starting five Curry, Thompson, Wright, Leeand Bogut its missing athleticism and thats going to have to beaddressed.Do you see any takers for Andris Biedrins andRichard Jefferson? We could use another ball rack. --Michael, Niagara Falls,Ontario.Steinmetz: Not sure why you would lump those twoplayers together, but theyre at different levels right now. I can certainlyunderstand if the fans have no hope anymore for Biedrins.The bottom line is he simply cant be counted on to provideanything positive moving forward. Can the Warriors move him? Only if hes partof a bigger package and keep in mind if hes included than the package is worsethan if he werent included.As for Jefferson, I think there is a very good chance hesthe starting small forward next season. It just doesnt seem like Mark Jacksonis a huge Dorell Wright fan.Jefferson isnt the athlete he once was, but he still canpitch in.What does Dorell Wright do other than shooting 3's(debatable), to deserve more minutes than Dominic McGuire?--Paul, Parts Unknown.Steinmetz: Wright is a more well-rounded playerthan McGuire, but that doesnt mean Wright has had a good season. Wrightaveraged 16 points per game last season, a number McGuire could neveraverage.Now, McGuire is a better defender, no doubt. But McGuire ismore of a specialist in my book.

Report: Hawks release former Warriors point guard

Report: Hawks release former Warriors point guard

Jarrett Jack is reportedly looking for a new team.

The Hawks waived the veteran point guard on Thursday, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Jack signed with Atlanta in July after he was released by the Nets in late June.

The soon-to-be 33-year old appeared in 79 games for the Warriors during the 2012-13 season, averaging 12.9 points and 5.6 assists over 29.7 minutes per contest.

He was even better in the 2013 playoffs, racking up 17.2 points and 4.7 assists in 12 games.

Jack made 32 appearances last year before he tore the ACL in his right knee in early January.

He was the 22nd overall pick in the 2005 draft.

Warriors waive three, roster stands at 15 players

Warriors waive three, roster stands at 15 players

The Warriors waived guards Cameron Jones, Phil Pressey and Elliot Williams, the team announced on Thursday.

Jones appeared in five preseason games, averaging 5.0 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 11.5 minutes. 

Pressey also appeared in five games, averaging 2.4 points and 1.0 assist in 10.7 minutes. 

Williams missed all six preseason games due to right knee surgery. 

All three players were originally signed on Sept. 16, 2016.

The roster now stands at 15 players.

Stephen Curry
Klay Thompson
Kevin Durant
Draymond Green
Zaza Pachulia
Andre Iguodala
Shaun Livingston
David West
Anderson Varejao
Ian Clark
James Michael McAdoo
Kevon Looney
Patrick McCaw
Damian Jones
JaVale McGee 

Golden State Warriors media services contributed to this story