Matt Steinmetz's mock draft 1.0


Matt Steinmetz's mock draft 1.0

1. New Orleans: Anthony Davis, PF, 6-10, Kentucky
Absolutely, positively the No. 1 pick.

2. Charlotte: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, 6-7, Kentucky
Bobcats may be looking to move this pick.

3. Washington: Thomas Robinson, PF, 6-9, Kansas
Perhaps a little undersized but big on effort, energy.

4. Cleveland: Bradley Beal, SG, 6-4, Florida
Backcourt of future Kyrie Irving-Beal.

5. Sacramento: Andre Drummond, C, 6-10, Connecticut
Allow ample time for development.

6. Portland: Perry Jones III, PF, 6-11, Baylor
Blazers can take chance on Jones with another pick at No. 10 looming.

7. Warriors: Jared Sullinger, PF, 6-9, Ohio State
What he lacks in athleticism, he makes up for in skill, smarts.

8. Toronto: Terrence Jones, PF, 6-9, Kentucky
Has makings of a solid pro.

9. Detroit: Jeremy Lamb, SG, 6-5, Connecticut
Long and skilled, Lamb should be able to score as a pro.

10. New Orleans: Harrison Barnes, SF, 6-8, North Carolina
All of a sudden, Hornets are deep, talented.

11. Portland: John Henson, PF, 6-11, North Carolina
Hensons length should make him defensive factor.12. Milwaukee: Tyler Zeller, C, 7-0, North Carolina
Is most pro-ready of centers.13. Phoenix: Damian Lillard, PG, 6-3, Weber State
Oakland native considered best of point guards.14. Houston: Kendall Marshall, PG, 6-4, North Carolina
Kyle Lowry might be on way out.15. Philadelphia: Moe Harkless, SF, 6-8, St. Johns
His toughness could get him onto court in first year.16. Houston: Meyers Leonard, C, 7-0, Illinois
Intriguing player but likely a few years away.17. Dallas: Terrence Ross, SG, 6-6, Washington
Tough, big-time scorer.18. Minnesota: Royce White, SF, 6-8, Iowa State
Led team in five categories (scoring, rebounding, assists, blocks, steals).19. Orlando: Dion Waiters, SG, 6-4, Syracuse
Magic need to get more athletic in backcourt.20. Denver: Austin Rivers, SG, 6-4, Duke
Would be no rush for Rivers with Lawson-Afflalo already there.21. Boston: Quincy Miller, SF, 6-9, Baylor
ACL issues appear behind him.22. Boston: Fab Melo, C, 7-0, Syracuse
Can impact a game with shot-blocking.23. Atlanta: Marquis Teague, PG, 6-2, Kentucky
Can he be a starting point guard down the line?24. Cleveland: Festus Ezeli, C, 6-11, Vanderbilt
Ezeli coming out from under the radar.25. Memphis: Jeff Taylor, SF, 6-6, Vanderbilt
Solid player with high basketball IQ.26. Indiana: Tony Wroten Jr., PG, 6-5, Washington
May not last this long.27. Miami: Arnett Moultrie, C, 6-10, Mississippi State
Rebounding always seems to translate to NBA.28. Oklahoma City: Andrew Nicholson, C, 6-9, St. Bonaventure
High-character player seems to be climbing.29. Chicago: Doron Lamb, SG, 6-5, Kentucky
One of the lesser-known Wildcats.30. Warriors: Draymond Green, SF, 6-6, Michigan State
Green with a little bit of everything in his game.

With Warriors discussing the matter, Curry reaffirms White House stance

With Warriors discussing the matter, Curry reaffirms White House stance

OAKLAND -- About an hour after general manager Bob Myers said the defending champion Warriors would soon gather to determine their response to any potential invitation from the White House, Stephen Curry reiterated his personal views.

“I don’t want to go,” Curry said during Media Day on Friday.

Curry has previously stated this position, one he shares with several teammates. Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala also have expressed no interest in visiting President Donald Trump. David West has made clear his distaste for Trump’s boorish conduct.

But Curry has thought not only about the subject but also how he reached his conclusion.

“That we don't stand for basically what our president has -- the things that he said and the things that he hasn't said in the right terms -- that we won't stand for it,” he said. “And by acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to.

“It's not just the act of not going. There are things you have to do on the back end to actually push that message into motion. You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things, from (Colin) Kaepernick to what happened to (Michael) Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that we need to kind of change. And we all are trying to do what we can, using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that.”

Officially, the Warriors have made no firm decision. They will discuss the matter in the coming day in hopes of reaching a consensus.

Though Curry understands the final decision will be made every consulting with every voice in the locker room -- including coach Steve Kerr, who also has been critical of Trump -- he’s unwavering about his personal stance.

“It's not just me going to the White House. If it were, this would be a pretty short conversation,” he said.

“Like I said, it's the organization; it's the team. And it's hard to say because I don't know exactly what we're going to do in lieu of or if we do go or if we don't go or whatever.

“But my beliefs stay the same. I'll have a better answer for that once I can kind of understand where the group is, too.”

While Iguodala passed on delivering his stance, citing that he had been prepped on the subject by the team’s media relations staff, Durant -- like Curry -- said he has to take the opinions of his teammates into consideration.

“It's going to be tough to change my mind,” Durant said, “but we're going to talk about it as a team and figure out the next steps from there.”

West did not divulge his decision, opting to firmly state he “will let everybody know my opinion” once the team meets on the subject.


Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words

Thunder GM takes high road in response to Durant's Twitter gaffe, harsh words


Kevin Durant didn't mean to lampoon the Thunder, later deleting the tweets, but he said what he said

Asked about Durant on Friday and Thunder GM Sam Prestie took the high road. 

"I think the only thing I can say to that is just to be consistent with everything that I have said and everyone else from the organization," Presti said. "I, and no one from the Thunder, really has anything negative to say about Kevin Durant, and I think we've been hopefully very open about the fact that we have tremendous appreciation and respect for what he and his teammates and coaches and everybody over his tenure here accomplished, and I really don't think there's anything more to say than that."

Durant called the actions "childish" and "idiotic" and said that his actions have impacted his sleep cycles and eating habits.

The Warriors first face the Thunder on Wednesday, Nov. 22 in Oklahoma City.