don't worry about the specific order
Wow. That was a nice haul. Thought Giddey could be the surprise pick, and he was, just at 6 instead of 7. So, roster decisions.
PG. 1. Curry 2. Poole 3. keep GP II as on ball defensive specialist
Nico Mannion one more year on a Two-Way
SG. 1. Klay 2. Moody 3. D Lee Jessup one more year in NBL
SF. 1. Wiggs 2. Baze (resign 3-yr 10m using some of TPMLE. He can give you starter minutes at 2/3 if needed, he's a vet, was great in 2nd unit next to Poole at end of year.)
PF 1. Dray 2. Paschall 3. JTA
C 1. Wiseman, 2. Looney 3. M Chriss (same deal as Baze using up partial TPMLE)
Veteran Free Agents? Can we do better than GP II, D Lee, Baze or Chriss in the FA Market? Sure. But as role players, I like all of these guys and there aren't questions about fitting into the system because they have all been in it. The question is, can GSW get an "Impact Vet" with TPMLE or Vet Min, someone who can be a top 8 rotation player in the Offs? If they can, great. If they can't, it looks like the bottom third of the roster can get filled out on the cheap with good guys we already know.
Bobby Marks: It would have been easy for the Golden State Warriors to trade either one of their lottery picks for much-needed bench help. Instead, they took a player in Jonathan Kuminga who could turn out to be the best player in a loaded draft. Moses Moody has top 10 potential, and Golden State picked him up at 14. Because Kuminga is more of a development project, expect the established Moody to see more playing time in 2021-22. One thing to remember is that the Warriors have limited financial flexibility due to the contracts of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins. Kuminga and Moody are on four-year contracts that total $42 million in combined salary.
Today I learned never to read Kendrick Perkins' analysis while my mouth contains any fluid. Comparing Kuminga to Jordan Bell has now means I need a new keyboard and a cloth for my screen. It was damn nice coffee too <waves fist>!
The Indy reporter follows up:
For the record (and to be fair), a source from Golden State weighed in to deny this. 2 other league sources independent of one another said it was accurate, including Durate being told on the bus ride to the draft that he'd be the pick at 14.
I don’t know what GSW wanting Duarte at 14 has to do with wanting him so bad that they are still trying to trade Moody for him after the press conferences? The story sounds completely suspicious.
Let's see what the local media does tomorrow with this Indy Star report if Lacob/Myers are behind the podium. IMO not too hard to read that the Warriors probably wanted a ready made plug and play player in Duarte or Mitchell to balance that Kuminga pick out. Once Mitchell was off the board, Indiana knew GS had only Duarte left. My guess is that they like Duarte enough to play him OR to extract assets from GS but either way If Duarte, Mitchell, and Moody are there I don't think they even bat an eyelash Moody's way.
One thing about kuminga shooting
I do have hope of him atleast becoming an average shooter because of the confidence of how he shoots it. It's one thing to be a bad shooter and one thing to be a bad shooter with no confidence of ever becoming one, kuminga can put the work in and fix it up quickly and if he does his potential is unlimited
Man we need Jerry west back
I better not wake up tomorrow and see we traded Moody and a future 1st for Duarte.
Can we not pls Bob?
Golden State, league sources tell @IndyStarSports , is trying to get the #Pacers to part with Duarte. Offering Moody + other assets. They're not budging right now. Duarte was the pick they wanted, too, apparently. Top of their board
One thing I'm jealous about is how wrong all these mock drafters got the picks for some of these other teams versus how right they got it for the Warriors. Why can't the Warriors keep their plans closer to the vest (remember the Smailagic pick)? I'm not saying the Raptors should have taken Barnes over Suggs but would the Warriors have ever been able to pull that secrecy off? Or does Lacob just like the sound of his voice too much?
Oh well, I guess all the leaks give us stuff to talk about at least.
Kuminga is going to have to work with a shooting coach this year to shore up his release. His shot looks ok but there's still a little hitch that'll prevent him from rising up and consistently being on target. Overall I like his potential to be a playmaker and he should improve defensively as his career progresses. He better learn some counter moves though because NBA guys are not going to get bullied that easily going into the paint.
When your cohorts at Sactown Royalty started Kings Herald did you all try to sell them on Substack? Their website is very user/comment unfriendly and it's plagued by some of the same ad issues that GSOM is plagued with. I generally follow the Kings as my secondary team but it's hit or miss (mostly miss) pulling up the comments section of my phone. Substack seems a bit rudimentary but it's so easy to comment from my cheapie Android.
Butler at 40!!! 🤯
Richtigfalsch. We voted for the Warriors to pick Moody (Correct), but with the 7th pick (Incorrect). Richtigfalsch is the German word for being simultaneously correct and incorrect. (please don't check my work)
I'm simultaneously baffled about the Kuminga pick and thrilled about the Moody pick. The results are great if we just swap the order but the process is so bizarre, how could they possibly pick Kuminga when Wagner was right there? Would they have taken Moody if Mitchell or Duarte were there? They aren't planning on giving Kuminga actual NBA minutes, are they? But how can they not if they picked him at 7? What are they thinking, are they looking for a trade still?
Whatever, Moody at 7 and Kuminga at 14, I'll take it. Thank you Sacramento and Indiana, you guys are heroes.
I just watched some film of Kuminga and I’m depressed again. Quick to the Moody film to make this go down more smoothly