NBA Draft order -- six Bay Area picks


NBA Draft order -- six Bay Area picks

The 2012 NBA Draft order is set following the NBA draft lottery held Wednesday evening in New York.

The New Orleans Hornets leapfrogged from their No. 4 pre-lottery slot to nab the top pick, bumping the Charlotte Bobcats down to second.

Both the Kings and the Warriors retained their pre-lottery slots. Sacramento will have the fifth overall pick, Golden State will pick seventh.

For the Warriors, not moving down from the seventh slot is a big deal. Had they been bumped to eighth or lower, their pick would have gone to Utah as part of the conditions of a 2011 trade for Marcus Williams.

Golden State will have three other picks in the draft on June 28. They own San Antonio's first-round pick (30th overall), acquired in the deal that sent Stephen Jackson to the Spurs in March. The Warriors also acquired the 35th overall pick (fifth in the second round) from the Brooklyn Nets in the Brandan Wright trade in February; as well as the 52nd overall pick, which they bought from Atlanta in March.

The Warriors' own second-round pick (38th overall) was traded to New York as part of the deal for David Lee. It now belongs to Denver.

Sacramento's draft status isn't quite so complicated. The Kings have two picks: their first-rounder (5th overall), and their natural second round pick (36th overall).

The complete 2012 NBA Draft order:

First round:
1. New Orleans
2. Charlotte
3. Washington
4. Cleveland
5. Sacramento
6. Portland (From Brooklyn)
7. Golden State
8. Toronto
9. Detroit
10. New Orleans (From Minnesota via LA Clippers)
11. Portland
12. Milwaukee
13. Phoenix
14. Houston
15. Philadelphia
16. Houston (From New York)
17. Dallas
18. Minnesota (From Utah)
19. Orlando
20. Denver
21. Boston
22. Boston (From LA Clippers via Oklahoma City)
23. Atlanta
24. Cleveland (From LA Lakers)
25. Memphis
26. Indiana
27. Miami
28. Oklahoma City
29. Chicago
30. Golden State (From San Antonio)

Second round:
31. Charlotte
32. Washington
33. Cleveland
34. Cleveland (From New Orleans via Miami)
35. Golden State (From Brooklyn)
36. Sacramento
37. Toronto
38. Denver (From Golden State via New York)
39. Detroit
40. Portland (From Minnesota via Houston)
41. Portland
42. Milwaukee
43. Atlanta (From Phoenix)
44. Detroit (From Houston)
45. Philadelphia
46. Washington (From Dallas)
47. Utah
48. New York
49. Orlando
50. Denver
51. Boston
52. Golden State (From Atlanta)
53. LA Clippers
54. Philadelphia (From Memphis)
55. Dallas (From LA Lakers)
56. Toronto (From Indiana)
57. Brooklyn (From Miami)
58. Minnesota (From Oklahoma City)
59. San Antonio
60. Brooklyn (From Chicago via Milwaukee)
OR LA Lakers (From Chicago via Brooklyn and Milwaukee)

Blazers GM: Former Warriors big man will not play for Portland next year

Blazers GM: Former Warriors big man will not play for Portland next year

Festus Ezeli will not be back with the Blazers next season, Portland GM Neil Olshey said on Tuesday.

Last summer -- after the Warriors let Ezeli walk in free agency following the addition of Kevin Durant -- he signed a 2-year contract worth just over $15 million.

But Year 2 was essentially a club option with a $1 million buyout.

A knee injury prevented Ezeli from ever suiting up for the Blazers this season.

He underwent cadaver ligament replacement surgery in early March.

The Warriors drafted Ezeli 30th overall in 2012.

Over 46 games (13 starts) with Golden State in 2015-16, he averaged 7.0 points and 5.6 rebounds over 16.7 minutes per contest.

Stephen Jackson: Draymond Green 'is a new version of me'

Stephen Jackson: Draymond Green 'is a new version of me'

In the Warriors' sweep of the Blazers, Draymond Green was fantastic.

He averaged 13.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 4.3 blocks and 1.8 steals per game, while shooting 50 percent from the field and 55 percent from deep.

On Tuesday morning, former Warriors forward Stephen Jackson was asked about the two-time runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year.

"I don't want to change him at all. That chip on his shoulder, the way he plays, as Steve Kerr will tell you -- every team needs a guy like that," Jackson said on KNBR 680. "I was that guy in San Antonio. I was that guy on a lot of teams.

"You need a guy like that to even it out. You don't want your team to be a pushover. And sometimes, his emotion might hurt the team. But you can live with that, because you got a guy going to bat for all your guys.

"He's one of the best all-around players in the league -- Top 5 -- and you need a guy like that. He makes that team better.

"He's one of those guys that puts his body on the line for a team, passes up a shot to make a pass, guard the best player and not worry about scoring -- that's my type of guy."

When the "We Believe" Warriors upset the Dallas Mavericks in 2007, Jackson averaged 22.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.0 steals, while shooting over 47 percent from 3-point territory in that series.

"I say Draymond is a new version of me -- just way more athletic," Jackson added. "And I love it. I wore his jersey last year to The Finals, and I plan on wearing it again."