Matt Steinmetz's NBA Draft page

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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 CSNBayArea.com!

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 complete Phase 1 in preparation for trilogy Finals vs Cavs

Warriors complete Phase 1 in preparation for trilogy Finals vs Cavs

OAKLAND -- The Warriors studied video and practiced for nearly two hours Saturday, completing Phase 1 of the plan they’ll take into the NBA Finals.

Everybody on the roster is healthy, including starting center Zaza Pachulia, who missed Games 3 and 4 of the Western Conference Finals with a heel contusion, and seldom-used forward Kevon Looney, out for seven weeks with a hip strain.

“We had a great film session with the team, a great discussion with the team and put our keys up on the board for our guys and went over that stuff with them before practice,” acting head coach Mike Brown said after practice.

Defending Cavaliers star LeBron James surely was among the topics to generate considerable dialogue. It provides some relief that Andre Iguodala says he feels fine after battling knee soreness in the Western Conference Finals.

It was Iguodala, after all, who earned the NBA Finals MVP award after doing such a fine job as a primary defender of James in 2015. It’s an altogether different test now that the Cavs are healthy and have a surplus of shooters surrounding James.

“You still try to watch film, any new sets or anything that they try to implement for their team, because he’s the type of player that is so dynamic he can hurt you in different ways, especially with his passing ability,” Iguodala said.

When facing elite scorers, the Warriors typically vary their defensive looks. In addition to Iguodala, James will see some Kevin Durant, some Draymond Green and probably some Matt Barnes.

Nearly as important as Iguodala’s health is that of Pachulia. Though Cleveland is more willing to go small than in the past, there will be times when a big body, such as Pachulia, will be needed to keep Cavs big man Tristan Thompson off the glass.

Thompson had five of Cleveland’s 18 offensive rebounds last Christmas Day, when the Cavaliers came back for a 109-108 victory over the Warriors in Cleveland. The Warriors lost the rebounding battle by nine (60-51).

When the teams met three weeks later in Oakland, the Warriors pulled off a 126-91 rout largely on the strength of outrebounding Cleveland 58-35. Thompson had two offensive rebounds and five overall, while Pachulia gobbled up 13 rebounds -- 10 on the defensive glass.

The Cavs outscored the Warriors 17-8 in second-chance points in the first game, but the teams tied, 12-12, in that category in the rematch.

“It’s part of their strength,” Pachulia said. “Second-chance points are a killer. It’s something we have to take away. That’s one of the keys for us.”

 

Klay's next assignment: Slow down Kyrie...and he's got a gameplan

Klay's next assignment: Slow down Kyrie...and he's got a gameplan

OAKLAND -- Klay Thompson spent nearly eight minutes Saturday answering a variety of questions, many of which were related to his diminished offense this postseason and his primary defensive assignment in the upcoming NBA Finals.

Mired in a shooting slump, by his standards, the Warriors guard now has to confront the fabulous offensive arsenal of Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving.

As much as Thompson would love to rediscover his shooting touch in Game 1 on Thursday night at Oracle Arena, the Warriors may be more delighted if he can prevent Irving from finding his.

“I take pride in (playing) both sides of the ball, defense as equally as offense,” Thompson said after practice at the team’s downtown facility. “Whether or not my shot falls, I can always control that part of the game.”

The Warriors are undefeated (12-0) this postseason despite Thompson averaging only 14.4 points (compared to 22.3 in the regular season) on 38.3-percent shooting from the field (46.8 in the regular season), 36.4 percent beyond the arc (41.4 in the regular season).

That spotless postseason record is, in part, a reflection of Thompson’s work on defense. In all three rounds, he has guarded the opponent’s most dangerous backcourt player.

“I couldn’t be happier with how he’s helped us win games,” acting head coach Mike Brown said.

Next up for Thompson is Irving, who has hit game-winning shots in each of the last two times Cleveland has beaten the Warriors, a 3-pointer in Game 7 of the 2015 Finals and a midrange fadeaway jumper last Christmas Day at Quicken Loans Arena.

Irving has played well this postseason but lately has lifted his game to another level. In the five-game Eastern Conference Finals against Boston, Irving averaged 25.8 points per game, while shooting 62.2 percent.

He was particularly dazzling as the Cavs finished off the Celtics in Games 4 and 5, averaging 33.0 points on 64.9-percent shooting.

Irving’s recent run prompted Cleveland teammate LeBron James to label him one of the best one-on-one players of all time, a compliment Brown did not argue.

“There are a lot of guys that can shoot the 3, but that’s all they can do,” he said. “There are a lot of guys that can dribble drive and finish at the rim, but that’s all they can do. Here’s a guy that can shoot the 3 off the catch-and-shoot, he could shoot the 3 off the dribble. He has medium-game pull-up. He has medium-game floater. And then he can get to the rim. And when he gets to the rim, he can finish in traffic among 7-footers.

“The way he puts English on the ball, how high he gets it off the glass when he needs to, all those things play into a factor of why he is one of the greatest one-on-one players of all time.”

Thompson said Irving’s offense “easily” belongs in the discussion with the league’s best, a group including the likes of MVP candidates Russell Westbrook and James Harden, as well as Thompson’s teammate, reigning MVP Stephen Curry.

“He’s done it in big moments, so you’ve got to give him credit,” Thompson said of Irving. “Not only have I seen him do it in the pros, but I’ve seen him do it with the USA Team, too. Kyrie’s a very tough guard. We’ve got a game plan for him, and it’ll be fun.”

Thompson said he will try to crowd Irving, contest every shot and not be outhustled. Still, he concedes that may not be enough.

There is, however, one other thing Thompson cited that could impact Irving’s offensive production. Make him work on defense, something both Warriors guards have the ability to do.

For Thompson, that means finding his stroke.

“I’d like to see the ball go in the basket,” he said. “It has, just not as frequently as I want. But that means nothing now. That’s in the past. It wouldn’t have mattered if I shot lights-out if we didn’t finish the job off.

“Now that we’re here, it’s a clean slate. It’s time to go. Can’t be worried about a few bad shooting games or the percentages when you went 12-0. You’ve just got to do what you can and have the intentions to win the game, not to go out there and score a number of points but to just go out there and win the game and make winning plays. That’s what I’m focused on.”