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SBNation NBA Mock Draft, Pick #7: Golden State Warriors

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With the seventh pick in the SBNation Mock Draft, the Golden State Warriors, represented by Atma Brother #1 straight outta Compton Golden State of Mind, select... (Drum Roll please)

Actually, Atma did an incredible job of explaining this one, so I'll let him make the pick... after the jump!


Based on the astute draft research analysis of ESPN's Chad Ford and the Mercury's Tim Kawakami it seems like the Warriors are down to a Fab 5 of Jrue Holiday, Jonny Flynn, Brandon Jennings, Terrence Williams, and Tyreke Evans. Evans is off the board and we all wish him the best of luck in Sactown.

The remaining four are all intriguing talents and I personally wouldn't be upset if the Warriors end up with any of them. But Jrue "TWDY Players" Holiday doesn't appear to be that pure point guard and wings aside from the elite 23 + 24 are a dime a dozen in this league. Flynn looks to be a solid, steady pro, but not a superstar, which is what the Dubs need. Williams, AKA "Gatorade-protector", could be the steal of the draft (or a trademark Nellie smokescreen), but at #7 that would be pulling a Raiders and Darrius Heyward-Bey (Editors Note: Burn). Maybe the Dubs can swing a deal and get him later in the draft though, if that's who they're targeting.

So in this draft, it's all about the people's choice - and the golden people have spoken: Brandon Jennings, welcome to the Yay Area! In the works of DJ Quik: "Because Oakland is just like Compton."  Jennings has (drumroll please)... RIDICULOUS UPSIDE.

I don't doubt that it will take Jennings a few seasons to get acclimated to the NBA. I don't doubt that pairing him with Monta Ellis is a defensive disaster waiting to happen. But that's not what draft picks are all about. For the Warriors, it has to be about fishing for a superstar who, at worst, can be a serviceable player in this league. 

Still, barring a miraculous trade for a superstar (which I'd love to see), the Warriors are not going to the playoffs next season, so does it really matter if it takes Jennings a few seasons to mature if he's going to have the best NBA career when it's all said and done? By the time he matures, if the Monta - BJ duo isn't working and it turns out he's BETTER than Ellis - move Ellis. If the Monta - BJ duo isn't working and it turns out he's WORSE than Ellis- move Jennings. You don't make draft decisions based on your current cast unless you're one piece away from a sure-fire championship (See the Trailblazers passing on Michael Jordan because they had Clyde Drexler). Jennings is indeed a high risk-high(er?) reward player, but when you're the Warriors and you've sucked this bad for a decade and a half - you've got absolutely nothing to lose.

BJ 2 Da Bay.

The 2009 SB Nation Mock Draft so far:

1. Los Angeles Clippers - Clips Nation: Blake Griffin

2. Memphis Grizzlies - 3 Shades of Blue: Ricky Rubio

3. Oklahoma City Thunder - Welcome to Loud City: James Harden

4. Sacramento Kings - Sactown Royalty: Tyreke Evans

5. Washington Wizards - Bullets Forever: Hasheem Thabeet

6. Minnesota Timberwolves - Canis Hoopus: Stephen Curry

7. Golden State Warriors - Golden State of Mind: Brandon Jennings