Warriors

NBA Draft order -- six Bay Area picks

776548.jpg

NBA Draft order -- six Bay Area picks

The 2012 NBA Draft order is set following the NBA draft lottery held Wednesday evening in New York.

The New Orleans Hornets leapfrogged from their No. 4 pre-lottery slot to nab the top pick, bumping the Charlotte Bobcats down to second.

Both the Kings and the Warriors retained their pre-lottery slots. Sacramento will have the fifth overall pick, Golden State will pick seventh.

For the Warriors, not moving down from the seventh slot is a big deal. Had they been bumped to eighth or lower, their pick would have gone to Utah as part of the conditions of a 2011 trade for Marcus Williams.

Golden State will have three other picks in the draft on June 28. They own San Antonio's first-round pick (30th overall), acquired in the deal that sent Stephen Jackson to the Spurs in March. The Warriors also acquired the 35th overall pick (fifth in the second round) from the Brooklyn Nets in the Brandan Wright trade in February; as well as the 52nd overall pick, which they bought from Atlanta in March.

The Warriors' own second-round pick (38th overall) was traded to New York as part of the deal for David Lee. It now belongs to Denver.

Sacramento's draft status isn't quite so complicated. The Kings have two picks: their first-rounder (5th overall), and their natural second round pick (36th overall).

The complete 2012 NBA Draft order:

First round:
1. New Orleans
2. Charlotte
3. Washington
4. Cleveland
5. Sacramento
6. Portland (From Brooklyn)
7. Golden State
8. Toronto
9. Detroit
10. New Orleans (From Minnesota via LA Clippers)
11. Portland
12. Milwaukee
13. Phoenix
14. Houston
15. Philadelphia
16. Houston (From New York)
17. Dallas
18. Minnesota (From Utah)
19. Orlando
20. Denver
21. Boston
22. Boston (From LA Clippers via Oklahoma City)
23. Atlanta
24. Cleveland (From LA Lakers)
25. Memphis
26. Indiana
27. Miami
28. Oklahoma City
29. Chicago
30. Golden State (From San Antonio)

Second round:
31. Charlotte
32. Washington
33. Cleveland
34. Cleveland (From New Orleans via Miami)
35. Golden State (From Brooklyn)
36. Sacramento
37. Toronto
38. Denver (From Golden State via New York)
39. Detroit
40. Portland (From Minnesota via Houston)
41. Portland
42. Milwaukee
43. Atlanta (From Phoenix)
44. Detroit (From Houston)
45. Philadelphia
46. Washington (From Dallas)
47. Utah
48. New York
49. Orlando
50. Denver
51. Boston
52. Golden State (From Atlanta)
53. LA Clippers
54. Philadelphia (From Memphis)
55. Dallas (From LA Lakers)
56. Toronto (From Indiana)
57. Brooklyn (From Miami)
58. Minnesota (From Oklahoma City)
59. San Antonio
60. Brooklyn (From Chicago via Milwaukee)
OR LA Lakers (From Chicago via Brooklyn and Milwaukee)

Gameday: Iguodala out for Warriors' season opener vs Rockets

iguodala-andre-harden-james-guard.jpg
USATI

Gameday: Iguodala out for Warriors' season opener vs Rockets

Defense of their second NBA title in three seasons begins in earnest Tuesday night, when the Warriors invite the reconfigured Houston Rockets into Oracle Arena.

There will be a pregame ceremony in which the Warriors will receive their championship rings.

The Warriors, who believe the additions of Nick Young and Omri Casspi will result in improved the bench production, are coming off a season in which they led the NBA in scoring offense, with the Rockets finishing second.

Houston made considerably more adjustments over the summer, acquiring perennial All-Star point guard Chris Paul and rugged forward PJ Tucker.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 9.5

MATCHUPS TO WATCH

Stephen Curry vs. Chris Paul: These two veterans, both headed for the Hall of Fame, have been at war for the better part of a decade, with Curry gaining in decided edge in recent years. That was when Paul was the leader of the once-hated Los Angeles Clippers. With Paul moving to Houston, it will be interesting to see if a change in scenery means a different type of battle. The winner likely decides the outcome.

Klay Thompson vs. James Harden: Familiar from their days as prep stars in Southern California, these two, by most accounts, are the top two shooting guards in the league. Though Harden assumed the point role last season, he’ll have greater latitude to generate his own shot now that Paul is on board.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Omri Casspi (R ankle sprain) is listed as probable. F Andre Iguodala (back strain) is listed as out.

Rockets: No injuries listed.

RECENT SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors won three of four meetings last season and have won 12 of the last 15 regular-season meetings overall. They also have won eight of the last 10 meetings in the postseason.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE SCOREBOARD: Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni implies this will be a shootout. Warriors forward Draymond Green responds by saying one team (the Warriors) plays defense. It’s conceivable the teams could combine for 75 3-point attempts. The scoreboard could blow out before the final buzzer.

THE NEW GUYS: Because he is in constant motion and feels the angles, Casspi seems to be a good fit for the Warriors offense. Young is coming along, but admits he’s still learning the nuances of the offense and feeling out his teammates. It may not be fair to expect much in Game 1, but their work is sure to be examined.

THE POMP: There is the celebration of a championship, the ceremony in which rings (and the ultra-elaborate boxes) will be presented, and the adoration of a sellout crowd. The Warriors are becoming veterans at being celebrities, but what happens when emotions are part of the equation?

QUOTABLE

“I saw what happened last year when San Antonio just drilled us. Saw that we were able to recover. So whatever happens, it’s just one game.” --Warriors GM Bob Myers on opening night nerves

Thunder give No. 35 -- Kevin Durant's old number -- to rookie

durant-kevin-35-curry-steph.jpg
AP

Thunder give No. 35 -- Kevin Durant's old number -- to rookie

On Tuesday, the Thunder signed P.J. Dozier to a two-way contract.

The rookie will wear No. 35 with Oklahoma City.

That's the number Kevin Durant rocked as a member of the Thunder.

Why did Dozier pick it?

"My cousin, my second cousin, is Reggie Lewis. He used to play for the Boston Celtics," Dozier explained to reporters. "That's all it is. It wasn't anything other than that, honestly."

Did anybody say anything to him when he asked for No. 35?

"No. Honestly, I didn't even think twice about it. I had it in preseason at Dallas. I saw it was open and just took advantage of it."

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