Thursday, May 22, 2008

Mocking you: NBA Draft 2008 1st edition

We're mocking you. A small pathetic humour at the Miaimi Heat. who's attempt at tanking for Beasley didn't work?

Why no. It's a new segment at Irish Warriors that gives you an insane amount of gossipy NBA Mock Drafts all in one easy to swallow pill.

Even though this blog has been set up since last October the Draft will defintely be one of it's specialties Heck, the Warriors OWN the draft. Well, not in the sense that they draft well (that's FAR from the truth), but in the sense that the NBA Draft Lottery and the NBA Draft are usually the equivalent of the playoffs for the Warriors.

With the warriors coming off a Lottery appearance once again the question lies on Will Nellie work some lottery magic a la Latrell Sprewell at #24 in 1992 and Josh Howard #29 in 2003? Will the Warriors make a blockbuster draft day deal. Anyway Let's get this fresh new "We're Mocking You" segment kicked off with a survey of some of the full 2008 NBA Mock Drafts out there right now and who they have the Warriors selecting.

ESPN (Chad Ford)#14 DeAndre Jordan

At some point you just draft talent. The Warriors don't have a huge need in the middle, but Jordan's too talented to let slip any further. He has the body and athletic skills of Dwight Howard. But his lack of motivation is scaring a lot of GMs away right now. (Ian Thomson)#14 Anthony Randolph

Terrific upside but is a couple of years away from producing. He appears to have a lot in common with current Warrior Brandan Wright, but Golden State won't be able to pass on his open-court talent -- though Randolph will have to separate himself from the disappointing legacy of fellow LSU big men Stromile Swift and Tyrus Thomas

NBA #14 Russell Westbrook

HoopsHype #14 Kosta Koufos- Kosta Perovic part 2?

True Center with great Size and length. Mobile big man with great hands. Poccesses an extremely high skill level both facing and with his back to the basket. Terrific shooter with excellent touch from anywhere on the court. Huge wingspan aids him as a shotblocker and Rebounder. Not terribly explosive shot selection and Left hand needs work. A poor Passer who doesn't know his limitations. Lateral quickness is average. Still a work in progress

Draft Express #14 Joe Alexander

College #14 JaVale McGee. Firdt Warriors player named Ja Vale

HoopsAddict #14 Nicolas Batum With Mickael Pietrus most likely headed elsewhere this offseason, the Warriors have a big void to fill if they are going to continue cultivating their French fanbase

Golden State rode the wave of their 2007 playoff elimination of Dallas a season ago as an eighth seed with record attendance in 2008. “Nellie-ball” went on to win 49 games and failed to suit up in the post-season as an encore, rendering the Oracle Arena to a barren edifice. The Warriors have had fascinating drafts the past three seasons with little production from sundry first-round elections. In 2005 the Warriors with the ninth overall pick drafted forward Ike Diogu who currently plays for Indiana. In the 2006 draft, Golden State, again with the ninth pick, drafted Patrick O’Bryant who has played 40 NBA games and 33 games in the NBDL. On Draft Day 2007, Golden State executive Chris Mullin drafted Italian shooting guard Marco Bellinelli 18th overall. Marksman Marco played in 33 games last season and averaged 2.9 points per game. Brandan Wright, the eighth overall pick by the Charlotte Bobcats last year, was acquired for long-time Warrior guard and former Slam Dunk champ Jason Richardson. Wright, plagued with injuries, played in 36 games and averaged four points per game. Therefore the Warriors need a player that can play more than half the season and contribute as coach Don Nelson’s dictates. That player is Frenchman Nicolas Batum, a transition impala with play-making attributes in the transition sequence. With free agents Matt Barnes and Mickael Pietrus on their way to new NBA locales, Batum’s services are a necessity. While Baron Davis, coming off a stout season, pursues a big bucks infusion, Golden State enters that vulnerable franchise crossroad. With the magical season of 2007 buried in the “what have you done for me lately” NBA, the Bay Area awaits Mullin’s moves to transform the Warriors to more than just a one hit wonder. Chris Mullin fiends for drafts pick that won’t be buried on Nellie’s bench and the suitable solution is singling Nicolas Batum

Also See

NBA Draft lottery: Should the Warriors take Robin Lopez? [College Hotline]

With the 14th pick, the Golden State Warriors select [Inside the Warriors]

Stuck at 14, But Do We Keep The Pick? [Fast Break]

The mock draft links in this feature are going to grow exponentially as we approach the June 26h date. Stay tuned for a whole lot more mock drafts that probably won't come true! (But honestly, how can you not love these silly mock drafts especially now that the NBA season is over?)

My thoughts summarized in 3 simple words: BEST. PLAYER. AVAILABLE

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