Golden State : NBA Draft Grade A
7) Harrison Barnes, SF; (30) Festus Ezeli, C; (35) Draymond Green, SF; (52) Ognjen Kuzmic, C
The Golden State Warriors had to be thrilled that Barnes was still on the board. He will fit right in with their type of play. He likes to get up and down and shoot the three. Barnes has a chance to be the best pure scorer out of this draft class.
His game reminds people of Joe Johnson or Danny Gragner with more upside. Barnes really has an excellent mid-range game. Barnes’ jump shot is textbook and smooth. His body is NBA ready with his length. He can finish inside the lane with his strength; he also runs well in transition Barnes is also an effective rebounder especially on the offensive glass. He needs to improve his ball handling; he also needs to attack the rim more, since sometimes he’s relies too much on the jump shot.
I also like the Warriors next two picks of Ezeli and Green. Ezeli will fit perfectly as a backup center to Andrew Bogut. As for Green he is just a flat out baller who is production in every aspect of the game. He would have gone a lot higher if he was taller. The Warriors got a huge steal here. The odds are pretty good that Kuzmic will never play for the W
Offseason/ Free Agents and Trades: Grade B-
- The Warriors acquired point guard Jarrett Jack from the New Orleans Hornets in a three team deal, and sent Dorell Wright to the Sixers.
- The Warriors resigned Brandon Rush.
- Carl Landry signed as a free agent with the Warriors last season he played with New Orleans.