10 college players likely on Warriors' radar

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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.

Iguodala making loud free agency case to Warriors in Durant's absence

Iguodala making loud free agency case to Warriors in Durant's absence

OAKLAND -- It was with impeccable timing, for the Warriors and for Andre Iguodala, that he has spent recent weeks summoning all the best parts of his game.

He has been a disruptive force on defense, as usual, but at a time when the Warriors needed something extra at both ends of the court, he is providing an abundance of offensive electricity.

Iguodala came through once more on Sunday as the Warriors suffocated Memphis in the fourth quarter to take a 106-94 win at Oracle Arena. Though the team’s Sixth Man again scored at an efficient clip -- 20 points on eight shot attempts -- his ability to energize teammates from Stephen Curry to Draymond Green to Klay Thompson and beyond is no less significant.

“We feed off his energy when we see him get a rebound or get a steal, push up the court, make a crazy inside-out dribble and finish at the rim, knock down threes or play-make for other guys,” Curry said. “It’s fun to watch.”

Iguodala’s rise has coincided with the loss of Kevin Durant, the team’s leading scorer and someone who plays the same position. With Durant out, Iguodala has taken on additional playing time, which can be risky for someone in his 13th season.

“He’s been fantastic,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He looks incredibly athletic, bouncy and fresh. He’s a pro. The guy just knows how to take care of his body. He’s done a great job of stepping up in KD’s absence and recognizing what we need from him.”

The Warriors have played 13 games since Durant went down with a knee injury, and Iguodala has played in 11 of them, shooting 44 percent from deep and 61.8 percent overall. The man who shot 62.3 percent from the line in his first three seasons as a Warrior is at 70.1 percent this season. Leadership also is part of the package.

“I try to read (what’s needed) when I get into the game,” Iguodala said. “Try to bring that energy. And, more than anything, lead by example. Not say too much. Just show it.”

When Iguodala is sprinting up and down the court, rising and dunking on one end, stripping balls away on the other, the Warriors are appreciably better team. If the Curry-Durant-Green-Thompson foursome is the engine, Iguodala is the turbo boost.

“We’re a completely different team when he’s as aggressive as he’s been of late,” Green said. “When he’s moving the way he’s been moving -- he’s beating everybody down the floor -- it makes us a completely different team. “

Igoudala’s minutes have spiked, from 23 per game in November, to 26 in December, to 27 in January and February, to almost 29 in March.

“I don’t want to run his minutes up too much,” Kerr said. “But if he has to play a couple extra minutes while KD is out, then that’s fine.”

It’s fine with Iguodala and it’s paying off for the Warriors.

Iguodala hopes it pays off, literally, when he becomes a free agent in July.

Though free agents entering their 14th season don’t often command big money, he is making a very impressive audition for the Warriors or any team that might be interested in his services.

Iguodala has made it clear he’d prefer to stay in the Bay Area, and at this rate the Warriors may have to find the necessary coins to bring him back.

Instant Replay: Warriors finish strong, grind past Grizzlies

Instant Replay: Warriors finish strong, grind past Grizzlies

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND -- There was plenty of tension and more than a few pulse-stopping moments, but the Warriors found a way to win their seventh consecutive game.

The Warriors’ 106-94 victory Sunday over the admirably recalcitrant Memphis Grizzlies was a work in persistence and overcome moments in which the worst of their work was on full display before a sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.

Klay Thompson scored 31 points to lead the offense. Stephen Curry had 21 points and a game-high 11 assists, Andre Iguodala had 20 and Matt Barnes finished with 10 as the Warriors evened the season series with the Grizzlies at 2-2.

The Warriors (59-14) fought off numerous Memphis rallies but turned up the defense in the fourth quarter, holding the Grizzlies to 13 points on 5-of-25 (20 percent) shooting over the final 12 minutes.

The Warriors offset 18 turnovers, giving the Grizzlies 16 point, by shooting 54.2 percent from the field.

Mike Conley scored 29 points to lead Memphis, which fell to 40-33.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

As good as the Splash Brothers were, and they were superb, it was Iguodala’s play at both ends that made a major difference.

Iguodala’s line: 20 points (7-of-8 shooting from the field, 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, 4-of-5 from the line), a team-high-tying seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot. He played 32 minutes and was plus-9 for the game.

TURNING POINT

After the Grizzlies pulled into an 81-81 tie with 25.2 left in the third quarter, the Warriors responded with a 15-5 run to go up 96-86 on a 3-pointer by Curry with 4:57 remaining.

Memphis got no closer than nine in the final minutes.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain and bone bruise) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Grizzlies: C Marc Gasol (L foot strain) was listed as questionable and declared out prior to tipoff. F Chandler Parsons (L knee rehab) was listed as out. C Deyonta Davis and F Jarell Martin are on assignment with Iowa of the D-League.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors travel Monday to Houston, where on Tuesday night they face the Rockets at Toyota Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.