2012 NBA Draft Grades: Harrison Barnes to Warriors at No. 7
Golden State Warriors | Last Season: 23-43 | Draft Picks: 7, 30, 35, 52
Season Summary: Last season was an interesting one for the Warriors as they finished near the bottom of the standings in the Western Conference—mainly due to all of the injuries to key players. Not only was Stephen Curry limited to playing in just 26 games, but the team shipped Monta Ellis off to the Milwaukee Bucks in the middle of the season—which obviously hurt their scoring game.
Draft Needs: Small forward seems like their biggest need, but Golden State may have a few different options considering they have two first-round picks. The team could also use some help at the guard position playing alongside Curry and Klay Thompson.
#7 Pick: Harrison Barnes | SF | North Carolina
Barnes led the Tar Heels in scoring last season earning first-team All-ACC and second-team All-American honors. He struggled from the perimeter at times his freshman and sophomore seasons, but he’s never afraid to take the big shot. He’s a solid rebounder and can defend. Make no mistake about it, he can hit the pull-up jumper, but he certainly lacks consistency from the perimeter. He’s only 20 years with an outstanding work ethnic so let’s not act like he won’t get better in all facets. He has the tools both mentally and physically to be an NBA All-Star.
2012-2013 Outlook: This team has enough talented players to make a run at the playoffs, but the main factor will be whether or not these key players can remain healthy for an entire season. Otherwise, Golden State could be in for another long 2012-13 season.
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