Matt Steinmetz's NBA mock draft 3.0


Matt Steinmetz's NBA mock draft 3.0

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1. New Orleans: Anthony Davis, PF, 6-10, Kentucky
One thing were not hearing: ThatHornets looking to move pick.

2. Charlotte: Thomas Robinson, PF, 6-9, Kansas
Robinson may bemost pro-ready player in draft, and Bobcats needed pros yesterday.

3. Washington: Bradley Beal, SG, 6-4, Florida
Makes sense Wall, Beal, Ariza, Nene, Okafor.

4. Cleveland: Harrison Barnes, SF, 6-8, North Carolina
The Cavs think theyrebuilding something in a hurry, and so Barnes is more ready-made forthem.

5. Sacramento: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, 6-7, Kentucky
Tough to seeKings passing on Kidd-Gilchrist if he falls this far.

6. Portland: Andre Drummond, C, 6-10, Connecticut.
Very wellcould be Neil Olsheys official first mistake as general manager.

7. Warriors: Terrence Jones, PF, 6-9, Kentucky
Tough seeing Golden State pulltrigger on Zeller, Waiters or Lillard here.

8. Toronto: Dion Waiters, SG, 6-4, Syracuse
Has edge overJeremy Lamb in toughness category.

9. Detroit: Jeremy Lamb, SG, 6-5, Connecticut
Lamb is astalented as any perimeter player in draft.

10. New Orleans: Damian Lillard, PG, 6-3, Weber State
Simply put, Lillard makes too much sense here.

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11. Portland: Kendall Marshall,PG, 6-4, North Carolina
Blazers would have preferred Lillard, but beggars cant be choosers.

12. Milwaukee: Meyers Leonard, C, 7-0, Illinois
Common senseindicates they need replacement for Andrew Bogut.13. Phoenix:Austin Rivers, SG, 6-4, Duke
Stock rising and in a hurry.

14. Houston: Tyler Zeller, C, 7-0, North Carolina
Probablythe least sexy pick in the lottery.15. Philadelphia: Terrence Ross, SG, 6-6, Washington
Intriguingplayer who wont fall much further than this.16. Houston: Jared Sullinger, PF, 6-9, Ohio State
Back problem or no, tough to see Daryl Morey passing on Sullinger because ofhis numbers alone.17. Dallas: Royce White, SF, 6-8, Iowa State
Huge hands, great passer and truck-like size.18. Minnesota: John Henson, PF, 6-11, North Carolina
Hensonfalling, but T-Wolves need frontcourt athleticism.19. Orlando: Moe Harkless, SF, 6-8, St. Johns
Hes strong,hes athletic and hes raw.20. Denver: Arnett Moultrie, C, 6-10, Mississippi State
Some mock drafts have Moultrieas high as the mid-teens.21. Boston:Andrew Nicholson, C, 6-9, St. Bonaventure
Might be best low-post scorer in thedraft.

22. Boston:Perry Jones III, PF, 6-11, Baylor
Slipping, slipping, slipping. If draft wereheld in July, hed be second-rounder.23. Atlanta:Festus Ezeli, C, 6-11, Vanderbilt
Work ethic and maturity give him chance atstaying power.24. Cleveland: Fab Melo, 7-0, C, Syracuse
Cavs need moresize and Melo among biggest players remaining.25. Memphis: Will Barton, SF, 6-6, Memphis
Going to betough for Grizzlies to pass on this small forward from backyard.26. Indiana:John Jenkins, SG, 6-4, Vanderbilt
Jenkins could be best perimeter shooter indraft.27. Miami:Miles Plumlee, C, 6-11, Duke
Heat need size; Plumlees got that.28. Oklahoma City: Marquis Teague, PG, 6-2, Kentucky
Eric Maynor isout of sight, out of mind.29. Chicago: Tony Wroten, PG, 6-5, Washington
Cousin ofWarriors guard Nate Robinson.30. Warriors: Evan Fournier, SG, 6-7, France
Here might be perfect timeto try to get that small forward of future.

NBA Gameday: Don't expect Warriors, Spurs to tip their hands

NBA Gameday: Don't expect Warriors, Spurs to tip their hands

After conquering the third-place Rockets in Part I of the toughest two-night stint this season, the Warriors on Wednesday night will take aim on Part II of the challenge.

Which likely will be even more difficult, as the first-place Warriors are going into the historically imposing AT&T Center in San Antonio to face the Spurs, who reside in second place in the Western Conference.

A win by the Warriors (60-14) would reduce to five the magic number for clinching the No. 1 overall seed for the playoffs. A victory by the Spurs (57-16) would pull them within 1.5 games of the top-seeded Warriors.

The Warriors, buoyed by the best defense in the NBA this month, have won eight consecutive games. The win streak began immediately after their last trip to San Antonio, on March 11, when coach Steve Kerr rested Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson.

The Spurs have won five in a row and will be trying to complete a three-game season sweep of the Warriors, who have not been swept by any team since Kerr was hired in 2014.


Spurs by 4.5


Klay Thompson & Co. vs. Kawhi Leonard: Arguably the league’s best two-way player, Leonard has intruded on what was a two-man MVP race. He has emerged as a team leader and the man who must be neutralized to beat Spurs. Thompson will among several Warriors -- Matt Barnes and Green also will get opportunities -- trying to keep Leonard in check.


Warriors: F/C James Michael McAdoo (L eyebrow laceration) is listed as probable. F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, bone bruise) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Spurs: G Dejounte Murray (L groin strain) is listed as out.


Warriors: 8-2. Spurs: 7-3.


The Spurs won both games earlier this season, one in Oakland and one in San Antonio. The Warriors won three of four last season but have lost nine of the last 13 meetings overall. They have lost 34 of the last 35 games in San Antonio.


THE CHESS GAME: Though neither coach has announced intentions to rest anyone, both realize they could meet again in the postseason. Therefore, neither is likely to tip his full hand in terms of schemes and tactics. Yet it could be said the Warriors, without Durant, have an ace in the hole.

THE FOURS: San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge and the Warriors’ Green have been battling for several years. Despite height and physique that pale in comparison to Aldridge, Green’s aggressive nature and knowledge of angles and tendencies have allowed him to contain the bigger man. On the other end, Green hopes his tender ankle won’t prevent him from outrunning the bigger power forward.

THE BENCHES: San Antonio’s bench is deep and frisky; its 10.2 net rating is tops in the NBA. The Warriors, however, have gotten strong play from their reserves and now own the No. 2 net rating (7.4). Both teams have impact players here. Patty Mills is as much of a factor for the Spurs as Iguodala is for the Warriors.

Kevin Durant will be re-evaluated again in 7-10 days

Kevin Durant will be re-evaluated again in 7-10 days

Though Kevin Durant will miss at least five more games, there remains a possibility he could return to the Warriors lineup before the end of the regular season, according to an update provided by the team on Wednesday.

The team’s leading scorer, Durant has missed the last 15 games after sustaining a sprained medial collateral ligament and bone bruise to his left knee on Feb. 28 at Washington. After several days with the knee immobilized, he has spent the past two weeks participating in individual workouts.

“Kevin has made very good progress since suffering the injury four weeks ago in Washington,” began a statement issued by the team. “He has not experienced any setbacks to date and has progressed as well as could be expected. At this point, he is being incorporated into non-contact basketball drills – shooting, running and jumping – and the plan is to intensify his level of movement over the next several days, which will include more explosive cutting and lateral maneuvers.”

Durant has been engaging in shooting and dribbling drills, full-sprint activity and is dunking with ease. The 6-foot-9 forward traveled with the Warriors last week to Oklahoma City and Dallas and is with the team on its current trip to Houston and San Antonio.

“His eventual return to contact drills and practice will be predicated upon his progress to the increased intensity of his workouts, and a return to game action prior to the end of the regular season remains a possibility,” according to the statement. “He will be re-evaluated again in the next 7-10 days.”

The Warriors have eight games remaining on their regular-season schedule, with the last three at home, beginning with the New Orleans Pelicans on April 8.

The playoffs begin on April 15.