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.
Pick #30: Festus Ezeli | C | Vanderbilt
Well you can’t coach height, and standing at 6-foot-11 Festus Ezili has plenty of it. Ezeli averaged 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks last season for Vandy. Considering his size, just 6 rebounds a game should be a head scratcher but you can party attribute that to him recovering from a MCL and PCL sprain in October. He should be able to contribute from a defensive standpoint if called upon as a rookie, however his offensive game in the low post is too inconsistent
to rely on right away.
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, Golen State could be in for another long 2012-13 season.
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