Warriors draft look: Shooting guards

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Warriors draft look: Shooting guards

The Warriors headinto Thursdays NBA draft with four selections: The No. 7 pick, the No. 30pick, the No. 35 pick and the No. 52 pick. While the Warriors would seem tohave four positions pretty much set point guard, shooting guard, powerforward and center the reality is that they could go in any direction comedraft day.

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Leading up toThursday, well rank the top players at each position, and see whether or notthey could fit into the Warriors draft plans.SHOOTINGGUARDSBrad Beal, Florida,6-3, 207 pounds: From Day 1, Beal has been considered the bestshooting guard in the NBA draft, and hell take that mantle all the way toThursday. He may never be a star, but most NBA executives believe hell be asolid starter for much of his career.Warriorsangle: Quite frankly, there doesnt seem to be one. Beal never workedout for the Warriors, and he likely wont be there when they draft at No.7.DionWaiters, Syracuse, 6-4, 210 pounds: Waiters very well may be thetoughest player in the draft, someone who is not afraid to be aggressive andmake some mistakes along the way.Hes certainly moreof a shooting guard than a point guard, though he can play some point. Thething about Waiters is this: Hes not a perfect player, but the consensus seemsto be hes got a chance to be pretty darn good.Warriorsangle: On the surface, the Warriors wouldnt seem to have a lot ofinterest in Waiters. Hes not a true point guard which they need andtheyve made it abundantly clear that Klay Thompson is their man at thetwo.But if you look alittle deeper, you could make a case for Waiters. More importantly, the Warriorscould, too. The Warriors certainly need toughness, and he would bring some ofthat.And even if Waitersstrength isnt the point, he wont have to play a lot of it because StephenCurry will get most of the minutes there. No doubt, Waiters would be a surprisepick but it wouldnt be completely shocking or out of the blue.JeremyLamb, Connecticut, 6-5, 180 pounds: When it comes to sheer talent andability, some believe Lamb is right up there with Beal. And as far as upsidesgo, Lambs is pretty high.But theres thatlittle question about his toughness and whether or not hell be able to adjustto the physicality of the league. If Lamb can, hes got a chance to be prettygood.Warriorsangle: Lamb didnt work out for the Warriors, and nobody seems tothink hell end up in Golden State even though hell likely be there whenthey draft.The probablethinking on Lamb is that he pretty much plays just one position and thats Thompsonsspot. The fact Lamb is a shooting guard and shooting guard only likely meansthe Warriors will pass.TerrenceRoss, Washington, 6-6, 195 pounds: Theres a lot to like about Ross.Hes got NBA size and strength and hes already a pretty good shooter andgetting better.Hes also one of thebest rebounding guards in the draft, averaging more than six per game for theHuskies this past season.Warriorsangle: There are suggestions that there is an unknown team or two inthe top-10 that covets Ross. So, naturally, the Warriors come to mind, sincetheyre picking No. 7.But Ross would be aproblematic pick not unlike Lamb because his best position is smallforward. Ross might be able to play some three in time, but probably notconsistently.It just seems liketheres too much overlap there with Thompson. If the Warriors go small, youvegot to believe the small player they take can probably play a little of bothguard spots.AustinRivers, Duke, 6-4, 200 pounds; Those who like Rivers talk about hisbasketball IQ and his pedigree (hes the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers). Buthe has his detractors, and theyll tell you hes an undersized two and a volumeshooter, to boot.One thing is clearwith Rivers: Hes got room for growth.Warriorsangle: It doesnt seem to make any sense for the Warriors to beinterested in an undersized shooting guard. Then again, Rivers could impact theWarriors in an indirect way.If the Blazers takeRivers at No. 6, the Warriors would no doubt love that, as it would mean apreviously un-slipped player had just slipped to Golden State.

Livingston on Kerr: 'He’s our leader ... somebody that we count on'

Livingston on Kerr: 'He’s our leader ... somebody that we count on'

OAKLAND -- Though much has been said about the agonies and challenges facing Steve Kerr, including speculation about when, or if, he’ll return as head coach of the Warriors, little has been put into words that capture the significance of his absence.

This is perhaps because it can be difficult to explain how one man is able to influence a roster of supremely talented athletes, at the wealthiest point of life, with wildly divergent personalities, at different career stages.

Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, a man who knows perspective as well as anyone in the NBA, took a moment Saturday to cut through the palaver and pity to offer a clear and vivid illustration of Kerr’s value as a man and as a coach.

“It’s just his presence, his personality,” Livingston began. “His character, the way he fits in with us. He’s kind of the battery pack, in the sense that he makes everybody go. He keeps us all (in harmony), everybody from staff, training staff, coaching staff to the players.

“He bridges the gaps, in the sense of communication, and he makes it light.”

In short, Kerr’s value to the franchise is far greater than his duties as a coach. He has an easy, breezy charisma insofar as he’s so comfortable submerging his own ego while being remarkably good at making everyone matter.

Moreover, Kerr is decidedly inclusive, explicitly emphatically open to ideas. He’s an outreach specialist whose sensibilities are contagious.

All of which helps create a sprightly and genial workplace, something the Warriors sought when they hired Kerr to replace the swaggering and dogmatic Mark Jackson in May 2014.

“Every day it’s something new, in a sense, and that’s hard to do,” Livingston said. “We’re here for six to nine months for the past couple years, seeing the same faces. So it is kind of like a job. But (Kerr) makes it more like a game and tries to make sure we’re enjoying ourselves out there.”

Kerr wants to live his life and coach basketball around four basic tenets: joy, mindfulness, compassion and competition. Maintaining a balance of the four can be difficult, especially when Kerr is dealing with the searing pain that has him on the sideline for an indefinite period.

But Kerr never strays far. His players seem to see and, more important, feel that.

Draymond Green and Kerr, each volatile in his own way, don’t always see eye-to-eye. Yet Green on several occasions has noted that Kerr “always seems to find the right thing to say, at the right time.”

Veteran David West points out that anyone who spends any time around Kerr can sense his basic humanity. Veteran Andre Iguodala, one of the team’s co-captains, speaks of Kerr’s curiosity and desire to broaden his horizons.

Stephen Curry, the other co-captain, kept the ball from the Warriors’ Game 4 win over Portland last Monday night, punctuating a series sweep, and gave it to Kerr, who missed Games 3 and 4 while coping with this prolonged post-surgery pain.

Lead assistant Mike Brown, the acting head coach in Kerr’s absence, concedes he has benefited from being around Kerr and this team.

“The tone he sets is the best I’ve been around,” said Brown, who has been involved in the NBA since 1992. “This is a special, special situation, and he’s big reason why.”

So it’s not just Livingston who throwing rose petals at the boss. He just happened to convey in a few words the effect Kerr has on the team and within the building.

“He’s our leader,” Livingston said. “He’s somebody that we count on.”

Warriors update health status of Livingston, Barnes

Warriors update health status of Livingston, Barnes

OAKLAND -- One day after every member of the Warriors participated in a full scrimmage, the official health updates were released.

Veteran forward Matt Barnes, out since April 8, is listed as probable for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals that begin Tuesday at Oracle Arena.

Veteran guard Shaun Livingston, out since sustaining a finger/hand injury in Game 1 of the first-round series against Portland on April 16, is listed as questionable -- but with an asterisk.

“Hopefully, we’ll be ready for Tuesday,” Livingston said after a light workout Saturday.

Livingston informed NBCSportsBayArea.com earlier this week that he would have been available, hypothetically, if the Warriors were facing a Game 7.

As for Kevin Durant, who missed five weeks with a knee injury before returning April 8, only to sustain a calf strain in Game 1 against the Trail Blazers, he’s fully available.