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News » Prospects use skills, humor to make their case


Prospects use skills, humor to make their case


Prospects use skills, humor to make their case
There was a different energy in the air Tuesday, the second and final day for draft prospects' workouts at the Warriors' practice facility in Oakland.

The same representatives from the same 21 NBA teams were in attendance, lining the court to observe two separate hourlong workouts of six players apiece, but the excitement level was different.

From outside the gym, bellows could be heard from the players, and once the media was allowed in, the scouts, general managers and coaches were still buzzing.

On top of five first-round locks going through drills Tuesday compared with two the day before, the uncommon whir could have had a ton to do with the characters represented in those potential top choices. Terrence Williams and Austin Daye had scribes in stitches, and, one very well could fit into the Warriors' plans with the No. 7 pick.

The same day point guard Brandon Jennings - a mock-draft favorite to go No. 7 to the Warriors - was criticized for choosing to skip this weekend's Reebok Eurocamp in favor of private NBA workouts, Williams made sure to state his case for selection.

"I'm a hard worker and someone who is about his teammates and refuses to lose and gives his all to try to win the game," Williams said. "That means - equal sign, yeah, I'm twittering; I've got less than 130 characters - if you're a great shooter, I'm going to get you the ball, and if you're a great rebounder, I'm going to box out and get you the rebound.

"I'm a guy who does all of the little things."

If Williams wasn't going to be a rookie, he would be everything Warriors coach Don Nelson likes. Williams, who went to Louisville, is a 6-foot-6 dot-connector, playing the game like he knows what's going to happen before it does, doing a little bit of everything well and representing the prototype for a Nelson creation, the "point forward."

"I can play point forward, center, Gatorade protector, anything," Williams said. "I've heard that the Warriors are interested, but it will take them calling my name to believe that they're interested."

Williams is right that this is the time of year when NBA decisionmakers send mixed signals, ambiguous signals or no signals at all. The consensus, however, is that the Warriors need a point guard.

That would disqualify Williams and three who worked out Monday Jeff Teague, Eric Maynor and Patty Mills, because none of the point guards is projected to be worth a top-seven pick. UCLA point guard Darren Collison worked out Tuesday, and, although he is viewed as a late first-round pick, he wants to be considered by Golden State.

"Tell the Warriors to draft me," said Collison, who mentioned Syracuse's Jonny Flynn first among the best point guards in the draft. "I thought I showed them everything they want a point guard to do. I showed my speed and quickness, I showed I can create for others or score on my own, and I showed that I can play defense.

"I have the total package."

Daye, a forward from Gonzaga, and Temple guard Dionte Christmas had the best days, according to multiple NBA decisionmakers. Daye opted for a softer sell than Collison, using humor as his pitch.

"As long as Nellie likes me, I'm fine with it," joked Daye, who said he's "pretty committed to staying in the draft" but is looking for a guarantee that he will be picked among the top 20. "I don't really care who else is on the team."

Of course, Williams deserves the final words after answering this question: "What do you say about wanting to go to the NBA just so you can buy cars, houses and airplanes?"

"I say, 'Real estate is a good investment, a car can get you from A to B, and, as for planes, I'm good with taking Southwest.' "


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: June 3, 2009

 

 
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