WELCOME TO WARRRIORS WORKS! April 17, 2009Posted by Pointman in Uncategorized.
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Formerly known as the Mind of Mullin, I am in the process of moving on to a new blog site, Warriors Works, since Chris Mullin will most likely be moving on as well. Much love goes to my favorite Warrior of all-time, especially for being the architect of the 2007 WE BELIEVE team that captured the basketball world’s hearts and minds. I wish him all the best, but a name change is in order, partly to signify a new era, partly to signify a new hope for the franchise. I hope you enjoy the commentary, analysis, and miscellaneous musings regarding my favorite team, the Golden State Warriors. Please visit often and all comments are greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your support!
NBA 2009 MOCK DRAFT 2.0 April 16, 2009Posted by Pointman in mock draft.
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- Kings – Ricky Rubio
- Wizards (t) – Blake Griffin
- Clippers (t) – Jordan Hill
- Thunder – Hasheem Thabeet
- Grizzlies – James Harden
- Timberwolves – Brandon Jennings
- Warriors – Jrue Holiday
- Knicks – Tyreke Evans
- Raptors – DeMar DeRozan
- Bucks – Earl Clark
- Nets – Stephen Curry
- Bobcats – Craig Brackins
- Pacers – Jonny Flynn
- Suns – Terrence Williams
- Pistons – Ty Lawson
- Bulls (t) – Donatas Motiejunas
- 76ers (t) – Patrick Mills
- Timberwolves (1) – Austin Daye
- Hawks – B.J. Mullens
- Jazz – Chase Budinger
- Hornets – Wayne Ellington
- Mavericks – Patrick Patterson
- Kings (2) – Gerald Henderson
- Trail Blazers – Eric Maynor
- Thunder (3) – James Johnson
- Thunder (4) – DeJuan Blair
- Grizzlies (5) – Tyler Hansbrough
- Timberwolves (6) – Jeff Teague
- Lakers – Sam Young
- Cavaliers – Nick Calathes
(1) from Heat
(2) from Rockets
(3) from Spurs
(4) from Nuggets
(5) from Magic
(6) from Celtics
On the bubble: Darren Collison, Tyler Smith, A.J. Ogilvy, Marcus Thornton, Omri Casspi, Gani Lawal, Damion James, DaJuan Summers, Jon Brockman
POLL RESULTS: GRIFFIN VS. RANDOLPH April 10, 2009Posted by Pointman in Anthony Randolph, Blake Griffin, draft, poll results.
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Blake Griffin: 38 votes (49%)
Anthony Randolph: 39 votes (50%)
Total votes: 77
Anthony Randolph barely wins by a single vote which surprises me somewhat. There’s no doubt that Griffin is a dominant college player, but Randolph has shown the he can more than hold his own verses the professionals. Some are even predicting that he will eventually become an all-star. Griffin is a better scorer and perhaps Randolph’s equal in rebounds, but the younger Randolph has the potential to be a game-changing defensive presence and mismatch nightmare able to play 3 positions in Don Nelson’s rotation. Blake Griffin is undersized for his position, less proven, less versatile, and likely with less upside than Randolph.
Feel free to post a comment on why you voted one way or the other.
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- Two of the toughest positions to field with star talent are PG and C. Rubio is already a star in Europe at the young age of 18. Blake Griffin has the makings of a star, but is a PF, a position easier to fill. Players with Griffin’s attributes are less scarce.
- The Warriors biggest area of need is PG. Monta Ellis is trying hard to learn the role, but it’s becoming clear that he doesn’t have that special something that allows him to see the entire floor seconds before it actually happens, nor does he have the passing ability to get players the ball in tight spots.
- Rubio will fill the seats for the next decade-plus. He’s humble, charismatic, talented, and has a flair for the spectacular. The fans will love him (especially the females) and so will Cohan’s bank account. More revenue means more money to spend on free agents.
- A PG of Rubio’s caliber is difficult to find and even harder to trade for. IF he reaches his potential, he’s the kind of player that teams hold on to for their entire career. Better secure his services now while you still can rather than over-paying to try and trade for him when he is a star.
- The only other player worth taking #1, Blake Griffin, plays the same position that two fast rising Warriors play. Randolph and Wright aren’t as potent scorers but they are far better defensively than the undersized Griffin will ever be. Warriors are loaded with scorers already and have the 22 year old Biedrins who is always among the top players in fg% is a potent weapon inside when given the opportunity. To think that Biedrins is not going to continue to add post moves to his repetoire is insane. He is years away from his prime, so the front court, along with the hustle and heart of Turiaf, is set. Drafting Griffin would help, but it would also force Randolph to SF and slow the development of Wright and Griffin. A trade would be necessary to clear the log jam and bring in a true PG.
- Griffin = cross between Michael Beasley, David Lee, and Carlos Boozer. Rubio = a cross between Pete Maravich (creativity), Stockton (steals), and Steve Nash (elevate team play). Rubio will make a greater overall positive impact on this team than Griffin will.
- Don Nelson stated in a recent radio interview that the Warriors need to acquire a player that is a good rebounder and defender, but first and foremost, is a passer. He needs to be able to get the ball to where it needs to be and make sound decisions every second on the floor. Rubio is a decent rebounder for his position, was awarded Defensive Player of the Year in the ACB League, and is THE best passer to come into the league in a few years. There’s no question that he is a true PG and that he would be an ideal choice for acting as an extension of the coach on the floor. He’s only 18, but he knows the game inside and out and plays the game like a coach’s son.
- Rubio makes others around him better. Right now, the Warriors are a team filled with young, exciting talent, but they are without a captain that could take command of the ship and lead the group in the right direction. Rubio will make the game easier for others, especially for the Big 4 who are athletic, have good hands, and fast reactions. Baskets will come easy for everyone else. Wright, Randolph, Biedrins and Turiaf will get high percentage opportunities with a true PG of Rubio’s caliber on the floor. He can get to any spot on the floor and once he’s there, he knows what to do with it.
- Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant think he has the potential to be a special player. They played against him and came away very impressed and believe he has a bright future ahead of him. I’ll trust their judgment of talent any day. “It’s crazy what he’s already done,” Paul says. “He will come to the NBA and steal my job.”
- Read the scouting reports and watch the footage – this kid is going to be special. Note: if you only have time to watch one video, watch the last one where you get a taste of how much of an impact Rubio makes in a single game. Also, keep in mind that he is fresh from returning from wrist surgery.
And I leave you with a quote from one of my favorite sports writers, Bill Simmons:
Ricky Rubio started for Calderón and was solid, if not great. But the feat itself? Do I need to remind you he’s the same age as Jamie Lynn Spears? Imagine Team USA picking Chris Paul and a high school kid as its point guards, then Paul missing the gold-medal game and the teenager holding his own? How many commercials would he be filming right now? Twenty? The nonstop Pistol Pete comparisons are beneath Rubio; his defensive instincts, playmaking and athleticism bring him closer to a hybrid of Scottie Pippen and a young Magic—if they happened to look like one of the Jonas Brothers. I love Ricky to the point that I might move to whatever NBA city gets him. You think I’m kidding.
LA PISTOLA – ESPN the Magazine
Ricky Rubio may enter 2009 NBA Draft – Interbasket.net
Ricky Rubio – NBADraft.net
Ricky Rubio Prospect Profile – Draft Express
Ricky Rubio Draft Bio – ESPN
Ricky Rubio : Next Bio – ESPN the Magazine
WARRIORS VS. KINGS April 2, 2009Posted by Pointman in Anthony Randolph, Don Nelson, Monta Ellis.
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1rebound and 1 assist from a triple double.
Monta had 9 assist tonight, but he still showed why this team shouldn’t get there hopes up as him being the future full-time PG. Maybe he’ll eventually get it, but he’s been making the same errors all his career. He continually blew past his man tonight, was met with help defense, and tried to dish it off at the rim. Most of the time, he threw inaccurate passes that resulted in turnovers or easy missed scoring opportunities. I good PG could read the situation faster, and thread the needle in traffic or kick it out to the open man at the perimeter. Here’s to hoping that the front office drafts or trades for a young true PG that could set up teammates better. Also, it’s time for the front office to put the void option to rest and make peace with Monta Ellis. He’s proven that he has come back from his injury. It will do more damage to the franchise if they continue hang the threat of a void over their star’s head.
CJ Watson gets 34 minutes although he had minimal impact on the game while Anthony Randolph gets 19 after going 7-9 fg, 3-3 ft, and pulling down 10 rebounds. The benching of Randolph pissed me off and many of the season ticket holders in my area. We thought for sure he would make an appearance in overtime, but it wasn’t the case. Once again, Nellie is doing selective teaching (or punishment) when it comes to his prized rookie. The Warriors could have used his defense and rebounding, but Nellie is just too stubborn to realize that small ball played with a depleted roster and tired legs results in poor play. Fortunately, the Warriors survived the sorry a Kings team who is competing for the worst record in the NBA. Randolph stood arms crossed in front of the bench most of the 3rd and 4th quarter, only to be ignored as the Kings sent the game into overtime when it should have been a sure win in regulation. As a fan, I feel that Nelson sucks the joy out of games for loyal paying customers and Anthony Randolph. Ease up Don, you made your point loud and clear by benching him for all but a few minutes in the 2nd half. Subbing him in for a few critical defensive stops at the end of the game wouldn’t have diminished any of your mind-games. Randolph and the fans got your point … he made a mistake … now get over yourself and move on.
Not This Time (Warriors 143, Kings 141) – Adam Lauridsen
Ellis better than ever in OT thrill-ride win – Janny Hu
Warriors outlast Kings in OT – Marcus Thompson II
Game 75, live: Kings (16-57) at Warriors (25-49) – Geoff Lepper
POLL RESULTS: FRESHMAN FORECAST April 1, 2009Posted by Pointman in DeMar DeRozan, draft.
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Which Freshman will end up being the best NBA Player?
DeMar DeRozan: 39 (29%)
Brandon Jennings: 25 (18%)
Greg Monroe: 24 (17%)
Al-Farouq Aminu: 14 (10%)
Jrue Holiday: 14 (10%)
Willie Warren: 11 (8%)
B.J. Mullens: 7 (5%)
Total Votes: 134
I should have included Tyreke Evans in this poll. After his strong finish to his Freshman season, he would surely be conisdered among the top vote getters now.
Who Will Be The Best Pro?
TYREKE EVANS DECLARES April 1, 2009Posted by Pointman in draft, Point Guards, Tyreke Evans.
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With the news that coach John Calipari was leaving Memphis for Kentucky, Tyreke Evans decided to make the early jump into the pros. He’s not a true PG, but what makes him intriguing is his ability to defend both backcourt positions, rebound, and score. He’ll make a great addition, but until Jrue Holiday flops in workouts, I’ll put Holiday ahead of Evans in my PG rankings.
R. Rubio – future star
J. Holiday – true PG, defends, star potential
B. Jennings – true PG, can’t defend, star potential
T. Evans – combo guard, score, rebound, defends, great size, star potential
W. Warren – combo guard, score, explosive, returning
E. Maynor – true PG, older, good size
P. Mills – quick, undersized, true PG
S. Curry – combo guard, score, long range, defensive liability
N. Calathes – true PG, good all-around, struggles vs. small quick PG’s, great size
T. Lawson – true PG, undersized, defensive liability, low turnovers
J. Flynn – true PG, undersized, defensive liability, returning
J. Teague – combo guard, score, turnovers, see Acie Law, returning?
D. Collison – good PG, struggles in big games, nothing special
R. Beaubois – mystery, athletic, defense, long
I would trade up for Tier 1. Draft any Tier 2 with #7. Trade down to mid-1st for Tier 3. Trade down to late first, early 2nd for Tier 4. Trade down to mid-2nd for Tier 5.
BILL SIMMONS ON ANTHONY RANDOLPH March 31, 2009Posted by Pointman in Anthony Randolph.
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Here’s an excerpt from a recent Bill Simmon’s Q and A:
Q: YES! YES, YES, YES!!! Please write about Anthony Randolph! I’ve been telling people about him all year long. There’s never been an NBA player with his size and skill set. Ever. He’s a looong 6-foot-10, runs like a gazelle, has great hops, and can handle the ball. Love it. As an added bonus, he looks like he’s constantly crying or really getting his feelings hurt. He’s fascinating. I get genuinely giddy any time the Warriors are on, for him alone. Can you please let America know about Anthony Randolph?
— Aaron, Chicago
SG: He’s one of the most breathtaking rookies I’ve seen in person — ever — for all the reasons you just described. There has never been anyone quite like him. He’s like a cross between Josh Smith and Lamar Odom, only if you fed him 10 Red Bulls and told him right before the game, “If you can make 10 things happen during the 10 minutes you play tonight, we will quadruple your salary and you will start for the rest of the season” … and then he does just that, but the coach reneges on the promise so Anthony has a near-crying meltdown on the bench. That’s every Anthony Randolph game. I caught him once and, in the span of two hours, he made three “MY GOD!” plays and broke down on the Warriors’ bench because Nellie wouldn’t put him back in, followed by an assistant consoling him through an entire timeout like Randolph was a third grader who got in trouble for something he didn’t do, then had a meltdown and got kicked out of class. It was riveting. The odds of me missing another Clips-Warriors game for the next five years are 10,000-to-1.
One other thing: There hasn’t been nearly enough made of how screwed up the Warriors are right now. Their front office and ownership situation is a world-class mess. Their coach has been in “I’m Keith Hernandez” Mode since the 2007 Dallas upset and looks like he’s actively trying to get fired. They have two young players everyone loves — Randolph and Monta Ellis — only they’ve been antagonized to the degree that it might affect them long-term. In Randolph’s case, how can a lottery team not play a talent like Randolph 35 minutes a game? What the hell is going on here??? For some reason, the only media member who seems to care is Tim Kawakami. I don’t get it. If I were a Warriors fan, I would be organizing protests outside the arena complaining about Randolph’s playing time. It’s insane. Imagine if Chicago was 16-50 and played Derrick Rose 10 minutes a game. Would you think that was weird? You would, right? Welcome to Anthony Randolph’s world. This is the single weirdest subplot of the 2008-09 season, narrowly edging Zaza Pachulia’s bacne.
Some may argue that Anthony Randolph deserved to be put on ice much of the season. I thought he deserved it after his elbow happened to catch Rob Kurz in the chin during an aggressive rebound in a heated practice. But the length of the freeze out and the extreme lack of playing time despite the obvious need for his energy before that was unwarranted. Injuries opened up plenty of opportunity for Randolph to be inserted into the game, but often times, it never happened.
It seems like everyone is giddy over how Nelson ‘handled’ Randolph by not playing him much early in the year – as if his promising play was a direct result of the DNP-CD’s and 10 minute stints. Wake up! We would have seen the same type of exciting, heady, refined play sooner if he were given the same reasonable opportunity to play as any other ‘sane’ coach affords a rookie that shows promise, rebounds, and shows great effort on defense. Randolph has the pride, skill, and work ethic to overcome his shortcomings in the process of natural development and although Nellie and his coaching staff deserve credit for his improvement, many are selling Randolph short.
Anthony Randolph has had the talent all along, he felt alienated, and the fans were robbed of enjoying 75% of his rookie season. Randolph would have easily made the All-Star Rookie team had he been given a reasonable amount of playing time to develop as a player. Sadly, the Golden State Warriors had no one to represent their team that weekend. Nellie should have played him every game and yanked him for making too many mistakes in a row – at least giving him a chance to learn from his mistakes on the court. Instead, the fans were treated to SG’s and SF’s at PF and Rob Kurz ahead of him on the depth chart. The vets were allowed to make the same mistakes that got Randolph immediately yanked (or banished to the bench for several games) but none of the vets EVER matched Randolph’s hustle, much needed rebounding, and defensive intensity. That’s a raw deal if you ask me.
It was pure politics and a classic case of a Nellie power-play. Don’t get me wrong, I love Nellie as a coach and am excited by the brand of up-tempo basketball he employs on the Warriors, but his long history of mind-games, deception, and power trips are one aspect of his HOF coaching persona he needs to drop. Nellie is too respected for that and too good a coach to resort to those tricks that many knowledgeable fans and players can see right through.
Anthony Randolph was not used properly during his rookie season and his game could have been much more advanced had egos been checked and the kid been allowed to do his thing. If this had been the case from Day 1, Randolph’s name would be among those being talked about for Rookie of the Year. Way to go Nellie.
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POLL RESULTS: SG KEEPER March 29, 2009Posted by Pointman in Anthony Morrow, Kelenna Azubuike, Marco Belinelli, poll results.
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Kelenna Azubuike: 29 votes (38%)
Marco Belinelli: 16 votes (21%)
Anthony Morrow: 31 votes (40%)
Total votes: 76
PROSPECT PERFOMANCES – 03/28/09 & 03/29/09 March 29, 2009Posted by Pointman in Prospect Performances.
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Sam Young: Pittsburgh 76, Villanova 76
38 min, 10-17 fg, 3-7 3pt, 5-5 ft, 1 off, 7 reb, 0 ast, 5 to, 0 stl, 1 blk, 1 pf, 28 pts
Hasheem Thabeet: Connecticut 82, Missouri 75
26 min, 2-4 fg, 0-0 3pt, 1-3 ft, 6 off, 13 reb, 2 ast, 2 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 5 pts
DeJuan Blair: Pittsburgh 76, Villanova 76
34 min, 9-9 fg, 0-0 3pt, 2-6 ft, 2 off, 10 reb, 2 ast, 3 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 3 pf, 20 pts
Blake Griffin: Oklahoma 60, North Carolina 72
38 min, 9-12 fg, 0-0 3pt, 5-8 ft, 6 off, 16 reb, 1 ast, 3 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 4 pf, 23 pts
Earl Clark: Louisville 52, Michigan St. 64
40 min, 8-17 fg, 2-5 3pt, 1-4 ft, 2 off, 5 reb, 2 ast, 2 to, 0 stl, 1 blk, 3 pf, 19 pts
Terrence Williams: Louisville 52, Michigan St. 64
35 min, 1-7 fg, 0-3 3pt, 3-4 ft, 1 off, 6 reb, 4 ast, 1 to, 0 stl, 1 blk, 0 pf, 5 pts
Samardo Samuels: Louisville 52, Michigan St. 64
22 min, 0-6 fg, 0-0 3pt, 0-0 ft, 3 off, 7 reb, 0 ast, 4 to, 0 stl, 2 blk, 3 pf, 0 pts
Willie Warren: Oklahoma 60, North Carolina 72
36 min, 6-16 fg, 2-9 3pt, 4-4 ft, 0 off, 1 reb, 3 ast, 4 to, 1 stl, 0 blk, 1 pf, 18 pts
Tyler Hansbrough: Oklahoma 60, North Carolina 72
26 min, 2-4 fg, 0-0 3pt, 4-4 ft, 0 off, 6 reb, 3 ast, 2 to, 2 stl, 0 blk, 2 pf, 8 pts
Wayne Ellington: Oklahoma 60, North Carolina 72
34 min, 3-9 fg, 1-5 3pt, 2-2 ft, 0 off, 3 reb, 1 ast, 3 to, 0 stl, 0 blk, 0 pf, 9 pts
Ty Lawson: Oklahoma 60, North Carolina 72
36 min, 6-13 fg, 2-4 3pt, 5-6 ft, 0 off, 5 reb, 5 ast, 1 to, 3 stl, 1 blk, 2 pf, 19 pts