The Golden State Warriors were looking to repeat again last season, but the Warriors experienced a problem with team chemistry all season long after Draymond Green punched Jordan Poole right before the season started.
The Warriors claimed that everything was OK, but fans saw that things were 51-50 after finishing 44-38 last season with the #6 seed in the Western Conference. Plus, they were taken to seven games against the Sacramento Kings before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the conference semifinals.
Instead of recognizing that Green was the primary source of team chemistry issues, Golden State traded Poole to the Washington Wizards for Chris Paul. As proof that Green is causing all of the chemistry issues at Golden State, Green has said that he does not like CP3.
We will get to watch bicker all season long at Golden State. Hopefully, his attitude does not rub off on the two players that the Warriors drafted.
Round 1, Pick 19: Brandin Podziemski - G - Santa Clara. 6'5", 205 lbs (19.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 3.7 apg, 43.8% 3-PT FG%).
Podziemski was one of the most improved players in college basketball last season. He is able to create off of the dribble or shoot deep from 3-point range. He should see some time off of the bench this upcoming season.
Round 2, Pick 27: Trayce Jackson-Davis - F - Indiana. 6'9", 245 lbs (20.9 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 4 apg, 2.9 bpg).
Jackson-Davis dropped to the 57th pick in the NBA Draft because he did not attempt any three-pointers last season in college. Who cares if he does not shoot three's? He dominated all season long averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds in the most physical conference in college basketball.
He has plenty of post moves. His shot is good from mid-range. Plus, he plays good defense and is a good passer in the post and in transition. Plus, he does not have to shoot three-pointers at Golden State because everyone else will be shooting them. He should also see plenty of time off of the bench as the back-up center. A bunch of NBA scouts need to be fired.
Overview: These two players will contribute for many years to come as long as they do not allow for their minds and for their hearts to be poisoned by Draymond Green. Grade: A-.