10 college players likely on Warriors' radar


10 college players likely on Warriors' radar

By now, most Warriors fans realize that if they wind up withthe No. 1 pick through the No. 7 pick in this summers NBA draft, theyll getto keep the selection.But if the Warriors end up with the No. 8 pick or worse,theyll lose the pick to Utah.All of this, of course, wont be determined until the NBAdraft lottery on May 30. Still, its not too early to take a look at whichplayers are likely to be the highest picks in the late June draft.
In other words, the Warriors will either have one of theseplayers on their roster next year or they wont. Here are 10 playersprojected go high in the draft, with a quick thumbnail about each:Harrison Barnes, SF, 6-foot-8, 223 pounds, NorthCarolina: Hes a good catch-and-shoot player and can put it on thefloor a little bit. Hes not overly athletic and may never be an all-star. Buthe is said to be a great kid and hard worker.Anthony Davis, PF, 6-foot-10, 220 pounds, Kentucky:Hes the player most likely to be selected first overall. A very goodshot-blocker and rebounder. More of a face-up shooter than back-to-the-basketplayer. Hes got to get stronger.Andre Drummond, C, 6-foot-10, 250 pounds,Connecticut: Not a sure bet to be in the draft, but hes a phenomenalathlete. The question is: Why wasnt he more dominant? Drummonds skill levelneeds work and hes at least two years away from contributing.Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: SF, 6-foot-7, 228 pounds,Kentucky: Plays extremely hard. Not a great shooter, but he alwaysdefends the oppositions best player. Should be able to guard three differentpositions in. Also said to have very good leadership skills.John Henson, PF, 6-foot-11, 220 pounds, NorthCarolina: Very long and athletic, but needs to get stronger. Runsfloor well is probably more of a center than a power forward.Jeremy Lamb, SG, 6-foot-5, 185 pounds, Connecticut:Could be the most skilled player in the draft. He can handle theball, pass and rebounds well for his size. Questions about his toughnesspersist and there are also concerns about how competitive he is.Perry Jones, PF, 6-foot-11, 220 pounds, Baylor: Hesgot a pro body and is impressive physically. Hes 6-11, but may have the skillsto play small forward. Should be a better rebounder and the issue is whether heplays hard enough.Thomas Robinson, PF, 6-foot-9, 240 pounds, Kansas: Hesa little undersized, but hes improved every year. His skill level has gotten alot better, he hits the face-up jumper and can finish in the lane with bothhands. Hes got huge hands, so its tough to take the ball from him. Plays veryhard.Jared Sullinger, C, 6-foot-9, 280 pounds, OhioState: Hes got great hands and great feet, but hes not a greatrunner and not a great leaper. Plays below the rim. Will have difficultyguarding power forwards who can stretch the floor.Tyler Zeller, C, 7-foot, 250 pounds, NorthCarolina: Runs the floor great for a 7-footer. Hell make the17-footer and has a right-handed hook and left-handed hook. He probably wont ever be an All-Star, but helllikely play in the league for 10 years.

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.