NBA Draft: Wofford picks 1-14


NBA Draft: Wofford picks 1-14

Programming note: Catch the Warriors Draft Preview show Wednesday, June 27 at 4 & 7:30 p.m. and again on Thursday, June 28 at 3:30 p.m., only on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area! YES BABY!

Im definitely ready for the NBA draft to find out which players the Warriors will select with their four picks this Thursday. But lets face it, the Warriors have already hit jackpot twice this offseason.

First, they won a coin flip against the Toronto Raptors to land in the 7th spot in the NBA Draft order. Then, on Lotto Night, the Warriors were able to maintain that 7th spot, allowing them to keep their draft pick instead of handing it over to the Utah Jazz.

Joe Lacob and the gang realize theyre playing with house money right now. However, the Warriors front office must step up and make the right picks. Here are my predictions for the 2012 NBA Draft lottery selections. Dont be shy, let me know what you think. HENRY WOFFORD'S NBA DRAFT PICKS: 1-14

1. New Orleans Hornets Anthony Davis C (Kentucky)
No brainer even my grandmama knows the Hornets are picking Anthony Davis. You would have to be drunk and stupid not to pick this guy first overall. Incredible shot blocker who led the Wildcats to the National Championship. Hes a future NBA All-Star. Davis is clearly the best player in the draft.

2. Charlotte Bobcats Thomas Robinson PF (Kansas)
Its extremely difficult for the Bobcats to pass on Kidd-Gilchrist, but Thomas Robinson brings toughness to the Bobcats. This guy can score, rebound and play defense. Hes one of the most consistent players in the draft and he made major improvements to his game over the past year.

3. Washington Wizards Michael Kidd Gilchrist SF (Kentucky)
I realize this Kidd can play, however Im not high on Michael Kidd Gilchrist. Hes not a good three point shooter (25). He shot 74 from the free throw line and he averaged 11 points a game. Also, he had several horrible games last season, @LSU (1 point), @Vanderbilt (4 points), vs Ole Miss(4 points), vs Iowa St. (2 points), vs St. Johns (5 points), vs Vanderbilt (5 points). Extremely talented, but hes a huge gamble in my book.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers - Bradley Beal SG (Florida)
The Cavs need big time help, therefore this is a difficult pick to predict. Dont be surprised if they move down in the draft. I think they will swap picks with the Portland Trail Blazers and eventually select Bradley Beal. Bad Brad can flat out shoot the ball. I love his mental toughness. He reminds me of Eric Gordon. One way or another hes going to find a way to score.

5. Sacramento Kings Andre Drummond C (UCONN)
Despite a poor attitude, DeMarcus Cousins delivered last season. He averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds a game. Sacramento will go after another big man who can rebound and block shots. Andre Drummond averaged 7.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks as a Freshman last season. He must improve his offensive game, but the Kings have other guys who can score (Evans, Cousins, Thornton).

6. Portland Trail Blazers Jeremy Lamb SG (UCONN)
I wouldnt be surprised if the Blazers work out a deal with the Cavaliers and move up to the 4th spot. Portland needs a big man who can help LaMarcus Aldridge rebound. Andre Drummond would be the perfect fit, but I doubt Drummond will be on the clock here. If they dont move up, the Blazers will take the best player available, shooting guard Jeremy Lamb.

7. Golden State Warriors Harrison Barnes SF (North Carolina)
One of the most hypedover hyped HS players in the last 20 years. Despite having a nice career at UNC, many analysts believe he did not live up to expectations. Barnes has a nice mid-range game and excellent athletic ability. Im convinced we have not seen him play his best ball yet. Hes going to be a good NBA player. Mark Jackson will be jumping for joy if Barnes is available when the Warriors are on the clock. Without a doubt SF Dorrell Wright will be trade bait on draft night. The Dubs would love to move Wright and Andris Biedrins, but theyre not trading the 7th pick to get those two guys off their roster. That would be ridiculous.

8. Toronto Raptors - Perry Jones III SF(Baylor)
This guy has great potential, but Ive watched him disappear in too many big games. Some scouts question whether he loves playing basketball. During the NBA combine Jones was on a mission to prove he has a new attitude and will always give a 100 percent. He had an opportunity to silence his critics during the Big Dance. I guess he couldnt find his dancing shoes because he did not show up. I do not like players who play poorly in big games.

9. Detroit Pistons Damian Lillard PG (Weber State)
Of course Im going to show the Oakland native love. The man played at Weber State and hes projected to go in the Top 15! Obviously hes doing something right. Lillard is a great shooter and with a high basketball IQ. He averaged 24 points, 5 rebs, 4 assists last season. Pistons have a young PG Brandon Knight, but that wont prevent them from drafting Damian Lillard. Welcome to the NBA. Go out there and represent Oakland.

10. New Orleans Hornets Terrence Jones PF (Kentucky)
With their second 1st round pick, the Hornets will go right back to the Kentucky Wildcats pipeline and draft Terence Jones. Hes not a great shooter but hes very physical and loves mix it up with the big guys. Jared Sullinger has a better offensive game, but he may be a liability on defense.

11. Portland Trail Blazers Tyler Zeller C (North Carolina)
This will be the Blazers second pick in the 1st round. If they cant land Drummond with their first pick, then theyre going with a big man with this selection. Tyler Zeller is not going to blow you away, but I like his game. He can run the floor, contest shots, score in the low post, and he has a good attitude. He averaged 16 points, 9 rebounds, while shooting 55 from the floor. At 70 and 250 pounds, youre getting a quality player with the 11th pick.

12. Milwaukee Bucks Meyers Leonard PFC(Illinois)
Meyers Leonard is a 71 Sophomore who averaged 13 points and 8 rebounds last season. He shot 58 from the field and averaged nearly 2 blocks a game. Im not sure why hes not getting more attention. He used to be a short tempered guy but it appears he has corrected the problem. Hes a sleeper, but I think he will be a decentreliable NBA player.

13. Phoenix Suns Austin Rivers SG (Duke)
Austin Rivers can play for sure, but he needs to be more of a team player. Its time for him to realize hes not the best player on his team. Austins running and gunning days are over otherwise he will have a difficult time getting off the bench. I love his shooting range, but sometimes I hate his shot selection. His dad, Doc, was a great defender. Austin has not looked good on the defensive end of the court.

14. Houston Rockets Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
I was shocked when I heard Sullinger was not invited to the NBA draft. I still believe hes a lottery pick. Houston is a borderline playoff team, looking for depth. I love Jareds low post moves, but he looks lazy while playing defense. He does not contest shots and does a poor job moving his feet and staying with his man. Many have questioned his stamina. Sullinger is solid player who needs to work on his conditioning.

ENJOY THE DRAFT! Check back here Friday for the 2012 Draft recap!Henry Wofford is a SportsNet Central anchor, reporter and host of A's Pregame Live

Rockets GM: Chris Paul trade 'gives us a real shot' vs NBA juggernauts

Rockets GM: Chris Paul trade 'gives us a real shot' vs NBA juggernauts

The NBA took a massive power shift Wednesday with the Clippers trading point guard Chris Paul to the Rockets for seven players, a 2018 first-round pick (protected Nos. 1-3) and $661,000. 

Houston GM Daryl Morey is going all in on a mission to compete with the Warriors and he believes the Rockets are now there with the pairing of Paul and MVP runner-up James Harden. 

"You know, it's a guards-based league. It's a weapons race in the NBA and you're either in the weapons race or on the sidelines," Morey said at the team's press conference, as captured by Mark Berman of Houston's FOX 26. "With James Harden in his prime and Chris Paul in his prime, this gives us a real shot to chase the juggernaut teams in this league." 

Paul, who turned 32 in May, is a nine-time All-Star. He spent his last six seasons with the Clippers and averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game during the 2016-17 season in 61 games played. 

This past season, Harden became a primary point guard for the first time under Mike D'Antoni's fast-paced offense and the bearded lefty excelled in his new position. Harden led the NBA with 11.2 assists per game while putting up 29.1 points per game. 

Houston received guards Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams, forwards Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell, plus the non-guaranteed deals of DeAndre Liggins, Darrun Hilliard and Kyle Wiltjer from Los Angeles. 

The Rockets went 55-27 last season, four games ahead of the Clippers, but were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs to the Spurs. 

GM Bob Myers reiterates Warriors' stance on signing Steph Curry long term

GM Bob Myers reiterates Warriors' stance on signing Steph Curry long term

DANVILLE -- Everything the Warriors have said and done, as well as everything Stephen Curry has said, indicates there is no chance of a divorce, even though Curry becomes an unrestricted free agent at 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning.

Curry has pointed out numerous times that he plans to sign with the Warriors, implying that it would be pointless for other teams to pursue him on the open market.

And on Wednesday afternoon, Warriors president and general manager Bob Myers reiterated the team’s stance regarding the two-time MVP by expressing Curry would be a top priority.

“He’s got to be,” Myers said at Monte Vista High School, where he and Warriors forward Draymond Green was subjects of a news conference/pep rally in the wake of Myers being named Executive of the Year and Green being named Defensive Player of the Year.

Myers was careful not to slight other players the Warriors expect to re-sign, such as Kevin Durant, and those the team hopes to retain, notably Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

“Actually, we’ve got a lot of priorities,” Myers said. “But, certainly, touching all of them and making sure we do our job and make sure they know we want them is important,” Myers said. “But he knows how we feel. I think he’s happy. But he’s a huge priority.”

The Warriors are allowed to pay Curry about $200 million over the next five seasons, and CEO Joe Lacob has said he’s ready to do whatever it takes.