Matt Steinmetz's NBA Draft page


Matt Steinmetz's NBA Draft page

Draft note: In the hours leading up to tonight's NBA Draft, Insider Matt Steinmetz will be conducting his final NBA mock draft beginning at 10 a.m., and will pick a player every 15 minutes. Follow along all day long, on CSNBayArea.com!

For everything you need to know before Thursday's NBA Draft,Warriors Insider Matt Steinmetz has got you covered. He's got draft looks byposition, scouting reports on the top prospects, interviews with some of theplayers who worked out for the Warriors and mock drafts.Warriors draft looksPower forwards: In a perfect world, Insider Matt Steinmetz says the Warriors would find a way to move up in tomorrow's draft and get Kansas PF Thomas Robinson.
Small forwards: If Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fell to No. 5,would the Warriors make a deal with the Kings to nab the Kentucky star? We scan the small forwardlandscape.Shooting guards: With the draft fast approaching, InsiderMatt Steinmetz looks at the top shooting guards in the pool. Do any of them fitin Golden State?Point guards: The Warriors don't have an established backuppoint guard. Insider Matt Steinmetz looks at the top guards in Thursday'sdraft. Do any of them fit in Golden State?NBA Draft scoutingreportsMichael Kidd-Gilchrist: At 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, MichaelKidd-Gilchrist is the type of player who could give a team a size advantage atthe small forward position for his entire career. But what about his perimetergame?Harrison Barnes: North Carolinas Harrison Barnes is considered the mostpolished of the small forwards in this years draft. Could he end up a Warrior?Thomas Robinson: Thomas Robinson, the 2011-2012 Big 12Player of the Year, averaged 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds and led Kansas to the nationalchampionship game. Don't expect him to be available when the Warriors pickseventh.Bradley Beal: The top shooting guard prospect in the NBA Draft, Bradley Beal has the shot and smarts to succeed. He's got a connection to a Warrior, too.Anthony Davis: Kentuckys Anthony Davis is the consensus No. 1 pick in the draft. Of all the speculation out there and theres been a lot the one thing we havent heard from the New Orleans Hornets.
Warriors workoutreportsAndre Drummond and Harrison Barnes: Bob Myers and owner JoeLacob traveled to New York on Monday to watchseparate workouts of Connecticutcenter Andre Drummond and North Carolina SF Harrison Barnes, according tomultiple league sources.Moe Harkless: St. John's small forward Moe Harkless showed the skillsand strength that earned him Big East Rookie of the Year in his workout withthe Warriors.QuincyMiller: The Warriors are wrapping up their predraft workouts this weekend, andSaturday the teams executives got a look-see at Baylor small forward QuincyMiller.Meyers Leonard: Illinoiscenter Meyers Leonard is every bit as impressive off the court as he is on thecourt.Damian Lillard: The Warriors held a couple of workouts onSunday at their downtown practice facility, one that included a group of sixplayers and another that served as an individual workout for point guard DamianLillard.Jared Sullinger: Ohio State forward JaredSullinger worked out for the Warriors on Thursday, despite a bad ankle."These two weeks are crucial for my career."John Henson: John Henson says you don't have to be a supremeathlete to be a good basketball player.Festus Ezeli: Festus Ezeli finished his Vanderbilt career asthe schools all-time leading shot-blocker. It seems plausible that if Ezeli isstill on the board when the Warriors pick at No. 30, they could make him theirpick.Tyler Zeller: The Warriors have the No. 7 pick in the draft,and could use the selection on the 2012 ACC Player of the Year Tyler Zeller.However, most mock drafts have Zeller going after the Warriors select at No. 7.Terrence Jones: Terrence Jones is projected to be a powerforward in the NBA, though he said after working out for the Warriors Mondaythat hell do whatever is asked of him even playing small forward, which hebelieves he can do.Perry Jones III: Perry Jones III is considered one of themost athletic and gifted players in the upcoming draft, but there are concernsabout his motivation.June 2 workout: Saturday's workout included MemphisWill Barton, Old Dominions Kent Bazemore, VCU's Bradford Burgess, Alabamas Tony Mitchell, FairfieldsRakim Sanders and GeorgetownsHollis Thompson.May 28 workout: The Warriors held two separate predraftworkouts on Monday morning, bringing in 12 players in advance of the June 28NBA draft.May 26 workout: The Warriors ushered in six more NBAhopefuls Saturday to test their mettle at the downtown Oakland practice facility. Who is thefranchise targeting?May 23 workout: The Warriors held their latest predraftworkout on Wednesday, bringing in six players in advance of the NBA draft onJune 28.Jorge Gutierrez and Jared Cunningham: Jorge Gutierrez, the2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year, and Jared Cunningham, who was second in thePac-12 last season at 19 points per game, were among six players who worked outfor the Warriors Monday.Mock draftsMock draft 3.0: The NBA Draft is coming up and MattSteinmetz has a few tweaks at the top of his mock draft. And could the W's lookto Francefor a small forward?Mock draft 2.0: Who is Quincy Miller and why might theWarriors consider him with the No. 30 pick? Matt Steinmetz has details on the6-9 SF from Baylor.Mock draft 1.0: The order has been established for theupcoming NBA Draft, and Insider Matt Steinmetz takes a stab at 1 through 30.Will the W's target a Buckeye?Chats and mailbagsJune 27 chat transcript: Warriors Insider Matt Steinmetzdiscusses who could fall to the Warriors and why Dion Waiters is highly touted.June 22 mailbag: Kentucky'sMichael Kidd-Gilchrist is drawing major attention heading into the NBA Draft onJune 28. How can the Warriors end up with the swingman?June 20 chat transcript: Matt Steinmetz discuses how JaredSullinger's back problems affect his draft status and the competition levelacross the NBA.June 15 mailbag: Why should the Warriors target a backup bigor look for more help in the backcourt instead of a small forward? MattSteinmetz digs in to his mailbag.June 8 chat transcript: Insider Matt Steinmetz talks aboutwhat he'd do with the Warriors' second and third picks and who is in charge ofmaking the Warriors' selections.May 31 chat transcript: Matt Steinmetz says what he'd dowith the Warriors' No. 7 pick and what he thinks about Perry Jones III.May 16 mailbag: Harrison Barnes or Perry Jones for Warriors?How about neither? Our NBA Insider sifts through his mailbag to bring youanswers.Other ArticlesSeven who might be available at No. 7: Now that the Warriorsget to keep the No. 7 pick in the NBA draft, what should they do with it? MattSteinmetz explores some options, including former North Carolina teammates Harrison Barnes andTyler Zeller.

Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts


Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.

[POOLE: Unprompted remarks about wildfires show Klay isn't who you thought he was]

Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.

"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks. 

And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.

We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.

Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.

Thank you for listening."

The Warriors' next three home games are:

1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)

Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins


Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

After blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in the season opener Tuesday night, the Warriors will try to wipe away those memories with a win over the Pelicans on Friday night at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

The Warriors will have forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala to help their cause in the home opener for the Pelicans.

History will be on the side of the defending champions, who have won 10 of their last 11 games in New Orleans.


Warriors by 8.5


Draymond Green vs. Anthony Davis: Coming off his injury scare, Green surely expects to be tested by Davis and his teammates. Green tends to thrive on even the slightest challenge. If he and his teammates can keep Davis under control (under 25 points, below 50-percent shooting), the Warriors will have won the battle.


Warriors: F Draymond Green (L knee strain) and F Andre Iguodala (back strain) are listed as available. F Omri Casspi (L ankle spain) is listed as out. G Quinn Cook will be activated, while C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney will be healthy inactives.

Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury), C Omer Asik (illness), F Soloman Hill (L hamstring tear), G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) and G Rajon Rondo (L core muscle injury) are listed as out.


The Warriors have won seven in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings.


THE BIGS: Whereas the trend in the NBA is to go small, a strategy the Warriors often use, the Pelicans play two traditional big men. In addition to Davis, who has 6-foot-10, they also start 6-11 former Kings C DeMarcus Cousins. Though both are listed as forwards (as Cousins prefers) both also spent time in the post. Expect the Warriors to use their small lineups in hopes of speeding up the game. Will it work?

DEPTH FACTOR: While the Warriors are relatively healthy, the New Orleans is coping with the absences of Rondo, Hill and backup centers Ajinca and Asik. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is unafraid to go deep into his bench. If the Warriors are prepared, in terms of conditioning, to set the fast pace they desire they’ll have a chance to wear down the Pelicans late.

ANGER MOTIVE: The Warriors were displeased with themselves after losing the season opener at home. Iguodala notes they tend to respond to poor performances by examining their mistakes and making corrections. They haven’t opened a season with two consecutive losses since 2009 and want no part of a 0-2 start.