So, the draft order has been established. Your devoted writers here at the Dream Shake have set up a mock draft, pick by pick, to be delivered to you daily. We will be going through the first round of the draft with our selections and our reasons why we think we will correctly predict the whole damn thing.
Here's how things have shaken out so far:
1. New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis
2. Charlotte Bobcats: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
3. Washington Wizards: Andre Drummond
4. Cleveland Cavaliers: Harrison Barnes
5. Sacramento Kings: Thomas Robinson
6. Portland Trail Blazers: Bradley Beal
Whether or not I agree with the ordering, I do think the six players listed above will be the first six off the board. Now we arrive in Golden State, owners of many lottery picks over the past decade. Aside from Stephen Curry and Jason Richardson, most of those picks haven't panned out.
I debated over a number of different players with this pick and eventually settled on the player I think the Warriors will select. Is this the player I would select here if I was running the Warriors? No. Sadly, I'm not running the Warriors.
With the seventh overall pick, the Golden State Warriors select Kentucky forward Terrence Jones.
1) Perry Jones III. Multiple reports have surfaced that the Warriors aren't exactly enamored with the Baylor forward, whereas the Kentucky Jones has impressed them with his toughness and versatility.
2) John Henson. It would be SUCH a Warriors pick and they'd like someone in the mix with Andrew Bogut and David Lee, but I think they'll go for the more versatile option. Jones can play the wing and they could use a good wing defender.
3) Jared Sullinger. They've already got David Lee. I don't see him coming here — he's just not the athletic type, and we all know the Warriors value their above-the-rim players.
4) Jeremy Lamb. While you'd think the Warriors would go for Monta Ellis' replacement, Jones' rebounding and defense may trump the temptation. If he comes through in his development, he could eventually have a Lamar Odom-like effect on the team. The Warriors also selected Klay Thompson last year, who put up good rookie numbers.
I'd personally take Lamb and watch him and Steph Curry develop into a dangerous backcourt duo, but my gut tells me the Warriors will pass. BPA trumps need in my mind, but I think they like Thompson enough to address a need.