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2014 NBA Draft: 5 1st-Round Options for Golden State Warriors

2014 NBA Draft: 5 1st-Round Options for Golden State Warriors

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It seems that the Golden State Warriors have climbed from the pits of NBA obscurity to a national highlight reel in a matter of weeks.

Before Stephan Curry joined the mix, this was a franchise that struggled to win games. Now that the team has its star, Golden State has to use this draft to supplement and support him. The Warriors don’t have a first-round pick, but here are some of their possible moves if they move back into round one.

5. Elfrid Payton

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5. Elfrid Payton

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Payton really is one of the best point guards in this year’s draft class. His biggest problem is that he didn’t play the most elite competition at Louisiana-Lafayette. He has great size and elite athleticism at the one-guard position, but he could improve his shot. Payton would make a great three-headed attack to go along with Klay Thompson and Curry.

4. Adreian Payne

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4. Adreian Payne

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Think about how dynamic Golden State would be when it went to smaller lineups that saw both Draymond Green and Adreian Payne — two very skilled big men. Payne is also a great passer and athlete who could fight for a starting job in a few years. No one saw Green becoming a limited starter, but Payne has even more upside.

3. Zach LaVine

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3. Zach LaVine

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Backup point guard is a position that the Warriors will have to address. LaVine is a good athlete who can shoot and has enough athleticism to attack the basket effectively. Many scouts are becoming more familiar with LaVine and I doubt he’ll fall this far. However, if he slides, the Dubs will probably be a likely suitor.

2. Shabazz Napier

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2. Shabazz Napier

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Who wouldn’t want a player who was the main factor in collegiate championship run? The Warriors aren’t very explosive off the bench and Napier would emerge as a legitimate scoring option even in his rookie season.

1. Clint Capela

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1. Clint Capela

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You can never have too many rim protectors, but this isn’t a big man who can come in and produce right away. However, he is more akin to Chicago’s Nikola Mirotic. When the Bulls drafted Mirotic, they knew he would play in the Spanish league to develop more before joining the NBA. The Warriors would most likely apply the same sentiment to Capela.