Matt Steinmetz's NBA Draft page


Matt Steinmetz's NBA Draft page

Draft note: In the hours leading up to tonight's NBA Draft, Insider Matt Steinmetz will be conducting his final NBA mock draft beginning at 10 a.m., and will pick a player every 15 minutes. Follow along all day long, on!

For everything you need to know before Thursday's NBA Draft,Warriors Insider Matt Steinmetz has got you covered. He's got draft looks byposition, scouting reports on the top prospects, interviews with some of theplayers who worked out for the Warriors and mock drafts.Warriors draft looksPower forwards: In a perfect world, Insider Matt Steinmetz says the Warriors would find a way to move up in tomorrow's draft and get Kansas PF Thomas Robinson.
Small forwards: If Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fell to No. 5,would the Warriors make a deal with the Kings to nab the Kentucky star? We scan the small forwardlandscape.Shooting guards: With the draft fast approaching, InsiderMatt Steinmetz looks at the top shooting guards in the pool. Do any of them fitin Golden State?Point guards: The Warriors don't have an established backuppoint guard. Insider Matt Steinmetz looks at the top guards in Thursday'sdraft. Do any of them fit in Golden State?NBA Draft scoutingreportsMichael Kidd-Gilchrist: At 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, MichaelKidd-Gilchrist is the type of player who could give a team a size advantage atthe small forward position for his entire career. But what about his perimetergame?Harrison Barnes: North Carolinas Harrison Barnes is considered the mostpolished of the small forwards in this years draft. Could he end up a Warrior?Thomas Robinson: Thomas Robinson, the 2011-2012 Big 12Player of the Year, averaged 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds and led Kansas to the nationalchampionship game. Don't expect him to be available when the Warriors pickseventh.Bradley Beal: The top shooting guard prospect in the NBA Draft, Bradley Beal has the shot and smarts to succeed. He's got a connection to a Warrior, too.Anthony Davis: Kentuckys Anthony Davis is the consensus No. 1 pick in the draft. Of all the speculation out there and theres been a lot the one thing we havent heard from the New Orleans Hornets.
Warriors workoutreportsAndre Drummond and Harrison Barnes: Bob Myers and owner JoeLacob traveled to New York on Monday to watchseparate workouts of Connecticutcenter Andre Drummond and North Carolina SF Harrison Barnes, according tomultiple league sources.Moe Harkless: St. John's small forward Moe Harkless showed the skillsand strength that earned him Big East Rookie of the Year in his workout withthe Warriors.QuincyMiller: The Warriors are wrapping up their predraft workouts this weekend, andSaturday the teams executives got a look-see at Baylor small forward QuincyMiller.Meyers Leonard: Illinoiscenter Meyers Leonard is every bit as impressive off the court as he is on thecourt.Damian Lillard: The Warriors held a couple of workouts onSunday at their downtown practice facility, one that included a group of sixplayers and another that served as an individual workout for point guard DamianLillard.Jared Sullinger: Ohio State forward JaredSullinger worked out for the Warriors on Thursday, despite a bad ankle."These two weeks are crucial for my career."John Henson: John Henson says you don't have to be a supremeathlete to be a good basketball player.Festus Ezeli: Festus Ezeli finished his Vanderbilt career asthe schools all-time leading shot-blocker. It seems plausible that if Ezeli isstill on the board when the Warriors pick at No. 30, they could make him theirpick.Tyler Zeller: The Warriors have the No. 7 pick in the draft,and could use the selection on the 2012 ACC Player of the Year Tyler Zeller.However, most mock drafts have Zeller going after the Warriors select at No. 7.Terrence Jones: Terrence Jones is projected to be a powerforward in the NBA, though he said after working out for the Warriors Mondaythat hell do whatever is asked of him even playing small forward, which hebelieves he can do.Perry Jones III: Perry Jones III is considered one of themost athletic and gifted players in the upcoming draft, but there are concernsabout his motivation.June 2 workout: Saturday's workout included MemphisWill Barton, Old Dominions Kent Bazemore, VCU's Bradford Burgess, Alabamas Tony Mitchell, FairfieldsRakim Sanders and GeorgetownsHollis Thompson.May 28 workout: The Warriors held two separate predraftworkouts on Monday morning, bringing in 12 players in advance of the June 28NBA draft.May 26 workout: The Warriors ushered in six more NBAhopefuls Saturday to test their mettle at the downtown Oakland practice facility. Who is thefranchise targeting?May 23 workout: The Warriors held their latest predraftworkout on Wednesday, bringing in six players in advance of the NBA draft onJune 28.Jorge Gutierrez and Jared Cunningham: Jorge Gutierrez, the2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year, and Jared Cunningham, who was second in thePac-12 last season at 19 points per game, were among six players who worked outfor the Warriors Monday.Mock draftsMock draft 3.0: The NBA Draft is coming up and MattSteinmetz has a few tweaks at the top of his mock draft. And could the W's lookto Francefor a small forward?Mock draft 2.0: Who is Quincy Miller and why might theWarriors consider him with the No. 30 pick? Matt Steinmetz has details on the6-9 SF from Baylor.Mock draft 1.0: The order has been established for theupcoming NBA Draft, and Insider Matt Steinmetz takes a stab at 1 through 30.Will the W's target a Buckeye?Chats and mailbagsJune 27 chat transcript: Warriors Insider Matt Steinmetzdiscusses who could fall to the Warriors and why Dion Waiters is highly touted.June 22 mailbag: Kentucky'sMichael Kidd-Gilchrist is drawing major attention heading into the NBA Draft onJune 28. How can the Warriors end up with the swingman?June 20 chat transcript: Matt Steinmetz discuses how JaredSullinger's back problems affect his draft status and the competition levelacross the NBA.June 15 mailbag: Why should the Warriors target a backup bigor look for more help in the backcourt instead of a small forward? MattSteinmetz digs in to his mailbag.June 8 chat transcript: Insider Matt Steinmetz talks aboutwhat he'd do with the Warriors' second and third picks and who is in charge ofmaking the Warriors' selections.May 31 chat transcript: Matt Steinmetz says what he'd dowith the Warriors' No. 7 pick and what he thinks about Perry Jones III.May 16 mailbag: Harrison Barnes or Perry Jones for Warriors?How about neither? Our NBA Insider sifts through his mailbag to bring youanswers.Other ArticlesSeven who might be available at No. 7: Now that the Warriorsget to keep the No. 7 pick in the NBA draft, what should they do with it? MattSteinmetz explores some options, including former North Carolina teammates Harrison Barnes andTyler Zeller.

Warriors All-Stars combine for 56 points, West wins

Warriors All-Stars combine for 56 points, West wins


NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis had an All-Star Game for the record books.

And on a night when Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant provided a glimpse of the past, Giannis Antetokounmpo showed he's clearly part of the future and a midcourt lob attempt from James Harden even went in, Davis absolutely stole the show.

He scored 52 points, 10 more than Wilt Chamberlain's All-Star record that had stood for 55 years, and the Western Conference beat the Eastern Conference 192-182 on Sunday night — the highest-scoring game in league history.

Davis made 26 shots and took 39, both of those also All-Star records. He even outdid Westbrook, who had 41 points in just 20 minutes — which ordinarily would have been enough to merit him what would have been a third straight MVP award.

Not this time. It was Davis hoisting the trophy, to the delight of his New Orleans fans.

"It was a lot of fun," Davis said. "My teammates did a great job of looking for me."

Durant had a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Stephen Curry added 21 points for the West — where a subplot emerged as DeMarcus Cousins played only two minutes, prompting some speculation that a trade sending him out of Sacramento might be looming.

Antetokounmpo had 30 points for the East, with 12 dunks in his night. LeBron James scored 23 points to become the first All-Star to eclipse 300 in a career, Kyrie Irving had 22 points and 14 assists, and Isaiah Thomas scored 20 for the East.

Davis became the story that overshadowed The Story coming into this game, that being the Durant-Westbrook whatever.

And if there is any animus remaining between Durant and Westbrook, it was hidden. They passed each other the ball and slapped hands in the pregame layup line, and not long after Westbrook checked into the game the former Oklahoma City teammates provided one of the game's top highlights — a give-and-go, capped by Durant lobbing the ball to set Westbrook up for a dunk.

"OH MY GOD! WHAT JUST HAPPENED?" Curry shouted on the West bench, which moments later broke into celebration. Players jumped and threw hands skyward, Curry tossing a cupful of water onto a smiling Durant amid it all.

Draymond Green called the play "cute," and Westbrook and Durant seemed happy with it as well.

"It was a nice give-and-go, man," Westbrook said. "Good give-and-go. Made a good pass. I barely got over the rim, but it was a nice give-and-go."

Added Durant: "It was a great basketball play. He was open so I threw him the lob. He can jump really high so yeah, good play."

Some fans were shouting "De-Fense!" in the fourth quarter. West center DeAndre Jordan heard them, rising from his seat on the West bench to yell "No, no, no" back in their direction.

If those fans were serious, they were disappointed.

Westbrook scored 12 points — all on 3s — in a 63-second span late in the third quarter, coming off the bench and firing over and over and over again. And then he opened the fourth quarter with another 3, giving him 34 points in just under 14 minutes played to that point.

It looked like he was a cinch for MVP honors, until Davis scored 20 points in the fourth.


East: Irving also led the East in rebounds with seven. ... Kyle Lowry scored 19 points and DeMar DeRozan added 16. ... No East player logged more than 24 minutes.

West: Curry took cover in the third quarter, comically hitting the deck face-first as Antetokounmpo went in for yet another dunk. So later in the quarter, Antetokounmpo went over Curry for a rebound slam — one that left Curry staring at the scoreboard for a replay. ... Kawhi Leonard had a steal and dunk in the opening minute, a defensive display that left West coach Steve Kerr in hysterics.


Joel Embiid wanted to be in the All-Star Game, and he was close — literally and figuratively.

The Philadelphia star sat on the edge of the baseline next to the West bench, meaning he got to greet players throughout the night and share a few words with some at halftime.


A huge roar greeted Jon Batiste, who performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" pregame, when he started the song.

It wasn't for him.

That happened to be the moment when John Legend — the halftime performer — and Chrissy Teigen were shown at their sideline seats on the video screens around the arena. And a louder cheer came not long afterward when Beyonce and Jay Z got on-screen.

Among the other celebs in the seats: Guy Fieri, Dave Chappelle, Julius Erving, Alonzo Mourning, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson and The Roots.


The next All-Star Game is Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles, which will host for a record sixth time.

Thompson eliminated in first round of All-Star 3-point contest

Thompson eliminated in first round of All-Star 3-point contest

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson will not repeat as the NBA All-Star Game's 3-point shootout champion. 

In need of 19 points, Thompson managed only 18 -- that allowed Kemba Walker to advance into the semifinals. 

Houston's Eric Gordon had the high score of the first round. He went on to win the championship -- besting Kyrie Irving.

Thompson has made 182 3-pointers this season which ranks him fifth in the league.