Wednesday , Jun , 22 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Golden State Warriors 2005 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – With the addition of two-time All-Star Baron Davis, who
was acquired from New Orleans at the trade deadline, the Golden State Warriors
have managed to put together a young and exciting team.

High-flying guard Jason Richardson had an excellent season for the Warriors,
as he averaged a team-best 21.7 points in 72 games. Forward Troy Murphy, who
registered 15.4 points and 10.8 boards per contest, and the 24-year-old Mike
Dunleavy are a young and talented frontcourt tandem. The 25-year-old Murphy is
strong down low, while Dunleavy can drain the outside jumper.

Davis, who averaged 19.5 points and 8.3 assists in 28 games for the Warriors,
and Richardson give Golden State one of the most athletic and talented
backcourts in the league.

Golden State has not made the playoffs since 1994, but with its current
nucleus of players it is definitely headed in the right direction. The
Warriors selected project Andris Biedrins with the 11th overall pick in last
year’s draft, and will attempt to get a player that is more ready to
contribute.

If Arizona’s Channing Frye is available, he could be the pick at No. 9.
Syracuse’s Hakim Warrick may also interest the Warriors if he is still around.

Key Player(s): Andris Biedrins (Center), Baron Davis (Guard), Mike Dunleavy
(Forward), Derek Fisher (Guard), Adonal Foyle (Center), Troy Murphy (Forward),
Mickael Pietrus (Guard), Jason Richardson (Guard).

Team Needs: Low post scoring.

Draft picks: 1st round (9th overall), 2nd round (40th overall), 2nd round
(42nd overall).

GSW