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News » Golden State Warriors Roster Report 2008-06-30


Golden State Warriors Roster Report 2008-06-30


Golden State Warriors Roster Report 2008-06-30
DRAFT PICKS:

Anthony Randolph, F, 6-10, LSU -- The slender forward will have to be more perimeter-oriented in the NBA than he was in college. Some see him as another Rashard Lewis; others say Jonathan Bender.

Richard Hendrix, F, 6-9, Alabama -- The Southeastern Conference's leading rebounder becomes the club's toughest interior force from the first moment he steps onto the court.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: You could argue Monta Ellis posted better overall numbers and it would be fair to say the Warriors would have made the playoffs if Stephen Jackson hadn't missed the first seven games of the season, but Baron Davis was the no-doubt-about-it team MVP. He ranked among the league leaders in scoring (21.8) and assists (7.6), but nobody league-wide was better in one surprising category -- games played. After having been dubbed fragile following consecutive seasons in which he missed 34, 28 and 19 games, Davis was the only Warrior to play in all 82 this season.

MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER: When the Warriors dealt Jason Richardson for a draft pick last June, they knew they'd need Mickael Pietrus to fill some big shoes and have a big season. He appeared ready for it, having improved from 9.3 points and 3.1 assists a game in 2005-06 to 11.1 points and 4.5 rebounds last year. Playing for a new contract in 2008-09 only added to his potential. But the Frenchman, who saw his agent get rejected time and again in sign-and-trade offers to get out of Golden State, didn't have his head on straight for four months, then suffered a groin injury just when he was playing his best basketball in March. In the end, the Warriors wish he'd played elsewhere.

BIGGEST NEEDS: In order to build upon the momentum of a 48-win season, the Warriors must re-sign young free agents Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins. Both are restricted free agents.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: The Warriors entered the offseason with a remarkable 10 free agents: Ellis, Biedrins, Mickael Pietrus, Matt Barnes, Patrick O'Bryant, Kosta Perovic, Austin Croshere, Troy Hudson, Kelenna Azubuike and C.J. Watson. Retaining Ellis and Biedrins are Priorities 1 and 1A.

PLAYER NOTES:

--Baron Davis is no sure thing to be a member of the Warriors next season even with one year remaining on his contract. The Warriors and Pistons discussed a multiplayer deal involving Davis, Chauncey Billups and Rasheed Wallace.

--Kosta Perovic might be returning to Europe after one year with the Warriors. The 7-foot-2 center saw action in only seven games in his NBA rookie season, totaling 10 points and 13 rebounds. Reportedly, Maccabi Tel Aviv has made him an offer the Warriors will not come close to matching.

--Mickael Pietrus wanted to leave the Warriors as a restricted free agent last summer, but the club could not find an acceptable sign-and-trade offer for the Frenchman. Now he's an unrestricted free agent, but the Warriors certainly have not given up hope of re-signing him. Drafting two big men only increased the possibility the 6-foot-6 swingman will be offered a contract to return.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: June 30, 2008

 

 
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