Warriors sign Thompson, Tyler


Warriors sign Thompson, Tyler

The Warriors signed their top picks in the 2011 NBA Draft to contracts Tuesday, announcing that they had agreed to terms with Klay Thompson and Jeremy Tyler.

Terms were not announced.

Following the signings, Thompson and Tyler participated in their first practice for the Warriors.
The Warriors had been holding off on signing Thompson and Tyler in order to sign DeAndre Jordan to an offer sheet. By not signing the two rookies, the Warriors were able to maximize a deal for Jordan.

Nevertheless, the Clippers matched the Warriors offer.
Clearly, the Warriors are hoping Thompson can help sooner rather than later. At Mondays media day, owner Joe Lacob predicted that Thompson might very well win the NBAs Rookie of the Year award. When Thompson was told of Lacobs statements later, he acknowledged that was his individual goal.

At present, second-round pick Charles Jenkins appears to be the first guard off the bench, but most likely at the point guard position. Thompson will likely get an opportunity for minutes early on, backing up Monta Ellis at off guard and Dorell Wright at small forward.

As for Tyler, it remains to be seen where he fits in. New coach Mark Jackson indicated months back that Tyler would have an opportunity to get some minutes in the frontcourt, but that might be a stretch at this point.

Andris Biedrins, newly-signed Kwame Brown, David Lee, Ekpe Udoh and Lou Amundson are already on the roster and its tough to see where Tyler will now carve out playing time.

Its possible that Tyler could spend part of the season playing for the Dakota Wizards, the Warriors D-League affiliate.

The team also signed four free agents -- forwardcenter Julian Khazzouh, guards Tommy Mitchell and Tim Pickett, as well as free agent forward Tommy Smith.

Thompson, 21, was the 11th overall pick after three standout seasons at Washington State. The two-time all-conference pick appeared in 98 games during his three-year career, averaging 17.9 points, 4.8 rebounds 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals in 34.4 minutes per contest. Last season, the 6-foot-7 guard averaged 21.6 points per game, which led the Pac-10 and ranked 11th in the nation.

Tyler, 20, was selected with the 39th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft by Charlotte then acquired by the Warriors for cash considerations. He played the 2010-11 season with the Tokyo Apache of the Basketball Japan League, averaging 9.9 points and 6.4 rebounds in 33 games. In 2009-10 he appeared in 10 games with Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli League after leaving high school following his junior year to play professionally overseas.

Draymond's strong reaction to his first technical foul of the season

Draymond's strong reaction to his first technical foul of the season

The Warriors trailed the Spurs 64-46 at the half on Tuesday night.

Draymond Green's breakaway dunk with 8:58 remaining in the third quarter pulled the Warriors to within 10 points.

But after yelling in the direction of LaMarcus Aldridge, Draymond was assessed a technical foul.

"Next time I dunk, I'm gonna yell again," Draymond declared after the loss. "I mean, it's kind of universal. I'm gonna continue to be me, and whatever happens, happens."

Kawhi Leonard made the ensuing free throw and the Spurs went on a subsequent 15-6 run to take a 20-point lead.

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Draymond racked up 13 technical fouls last regular season -- the third most in the NBA.

Per NBA rules, a player receives a one-game suspension on his 16th technical.

Green was suspended for Game 5 of last year's NBA Finals after picking up his fourth flagrant foul point of the playoffs.

This offseason, Steve Kerr talked about Draymond keeping his edge without crossing over the line. 

"It's not really a focus of mine not being me," Draymond added. "I know how to be me way better than I know how to be anyone else. So I'll just continue to try and work on being me, which really don't take much work."

Antawn Jamison: Warriors really miss Andrew Bogut

Antawn Jamison: Warriors really miss Andrew Bogut

The Warriors were crushed by the Spurs on Tuesday night, 129-100.

According to former Warriors forward Antawn Jamison, the loss highlighted the void left behind with Andrew Bogut's departure. 

"They were such in a comfort zone when they had Bogut and they knew that he would pick up some of the deficiencies if guys got blown by -- he was always the rim protector," Jamison explained on KNBR 1050. "Anderson Varejao and Zaza (Pachulia) are great defenders but as far as protecting that rim, they are not Bogut.

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"And I think now they are kind of realizing how much they miss his dynamic as far as controlling that paint and being satisfied with just 'that's my job -- is to make sure I make it difficult for guys in the paint' ... it's the first game of the season, there's no need to push the panic button."

Back in early September, Steve Kerr shared his one concern for the upcoming season:

“The thing that’s different will be a lack of rim protection,” Kerr told CSNBayArea.com. “We had great rim protection from Bogut and Ezeli, and both those guys are gone. Zaza’s a very good defender, but he’s more of a positional guy than a shot blocker.

“So there’s definitely adjustments we’ll have to make, even schematically. We’ll have some growing pains, especially on defense, as we try to make sure we get everything right and comfortable.”

Pachulia registered just two points and three rebounds in 20 minutes, and turned the ball over three times.

Andre Iguodala scored just two points in 27 minutes off the bench. He committed three fouls and was a -28 for the game.

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Ian Clark missed all four of his 3-point attempts and was a team-worst -29, while Shaun Livingston was a -15.

"The Warriors' bench to me is going to be the biggest key this year because other than that Big Four offensively, nobody was bringing firepower off the bench," Jamison declared. "We know what Livingston and Iguodala can bring to the table, but somebody else off that bench really has to come in and step up and pick up the slack as well.

"I'm not worried at all. It just put in perspective that they really miss Bogut, and the bench needs to step up."

Could JaVale McGee ultimately be the answer at center?

"If he's able to focus and realize that he can contribute so much to this team with his length and his athletic ability, if he can be one of those guys that come off that bench and control that paint, I can see him eventually becoming a starter or getting starter minutes," Jamison answered.