If it wasn’t obvious before, it should be by now. The Golden State Warriors are Stephen Curry’s team. And according to GM Larry Riley, they will enter the draft with that in mind.
“It’s obvious and true that Curry is a guy who is going to have the ball in his hands a lot, and we’re going to play right through him a great deal,” Riley said. “He’s the point guard of this team, and Monta (Ellis) plays the two, and that’s the direction we’re going. You don’t build your team around a two-guard. You build around a point guard.”
That’s a great point, Larry. If someone had just told the Chicago Bulls this back in the early 1990′s, maybe they’d have seven championships instead of six.
But, in all fairness, Curry did have one hell of a rookie year, averaging 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game. He’s also the only rookie in NBA history (this includes Samuel Dalembert’s historic 2001-02 season with the Philadelphia 76ers) to shoot 45% from the field, 40% from the three-point line and 85% from the free-throw line. Yikes.
The Warriors hold the No. 6 pick and are expected to pick one of three players to help Curry. ESPN draft analyst Jay Bilas (Perry’s favorite color announcer) breaks it down this way:
“Cousins can set a pretty wide screen, and he has got really good feet,” Bilas said. “I think Greg Monroe would be a good fit, because he has got really good hands and he is such a good passer. Ekpe Udoh could probably do that a little bit, too. Outside of that, I don’t think there is anybody else who stands out in that regard.”
The NBA Draft is Thursday night and keep an eye out for our upcoming 2010 NBA Mock Draft. Perry has been breaking down a lot of tape and speaking to a lot of people who grew up with these draftees to get their background stories. It will be very insightful and will help you sound more intelligent when watching the draft with your friends.