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June 28, 2007

NBA Draft: Warriors Trade Richardson For Brandan Wright

Filed under: Baskettball — Bill @ 10:12 pm

Just when the Golden St. Warriors were about to capture the heart of the Bay Area they trade away the heart of their team.

Tonight the Golden St. Warriors drafted # 18 & # 36 in the 2007 NBA Draft.  With the 18th pick they drafted a 21 year old shooting guard from Italy named Marco Belinell.  What followed is a mind bender for every Warriors fan:  They traded Jason Richardson and pick #36 for Brandan Wright, the #8 pick in this years NBA Draft.

The official trade is as follows: Charlotte acquires Jason Richardson and the draft rights to Jermareo Davidson from Golden State in exchange for the draft rights to Brandan Wright.

This is what they are saying:

Longtime Warriors fan and current season ticket holder John Serpa says, “I hate to see Richardson go, but this is a step we needed to make this team younger & more competitive.  It’s a steal when you consider the salary cap.  When Jason returns I will be the first to give him a standing ovation.”

In the same breath Serpa said, “I hope this isn’t another Billy Owens for Mitch Richmond type trade.”

Another Warriors fan Jared Kampel said, “With the influence of Michael Jordan it’s possible that Jason Richardson could become a superstar NBA player.”

Obviously feelings are mixed.

Marcus Thompson II of the Contra Costa Times added, “With the trade the Warriors cut salary and nab one of the best athletes in the draft in Wright (6-foot-9, 205-pounds). They also get help for their limited front line and a shot of nitro for their up-tempo game.

Acquiring Wright comes at a price for Golden State. Richardson, who will make $11 million next season, has been the heart of the Warriors the last few years.”

The scouting report according to NBA.com:

Brandan Wright: North Carolina
Birthday:10/5/1987

NBA Position:PF

Class:Freshman

Ht:6-10 Wt:210

College Team:North Carolina

Hometown:Nashville, TN

High School:Brentwood Acad.
NBA Comparison: Chris Bosh/Shareef Abdur-Rahim

Strengths: Extremely mobile for his size, Wright runs the court with great fluidity … Excellent help defender thanks to his long arms and lateral quickness … Does a great job of getting his body wide and establishing position in the low post … Emerging as a very good post passer … Possesses great shooting touch around the basket, he converts on hook shots and short jumpers with a soft touch … Great rebounder who uses his athleticism and long arms to obtain rebounds … Foot speed and footwork is incredibly advanced for his age … Because of this he can face the basket and get past his defender on the baseline … Recognizes double teams extremely well … He has yet to scratch the surface of his potential … Offensively Wright is an efficient player who plays to his strengths and rarely operates outside his comfort area … Moves well without the ball and is a threat to score on the quick lob pass … For a freshman Wright’s understanding of the game is exceptional … Possesses great hands and shows no problem catching passes thrown to him into the post …

Weaknesses: Must gain more upper body strength to withstand the physical play at the next level … Lacks the upper body strength to consistently finish after contact occurs … Could stand to expand his perimeter shooting, as of right now he shows the touch needed but hasn’t developed the confidence nor consistency to make shots from mid-range … Shooting mechanics could stand to be tweaked … Free throw shooting remains a work in progress, shows improvement but has yet to convert regularity. Should focus on less motion before his release … Can get disrupted and pushed away from the basket as his doesn’t have the body strength to hold position … Back to the basket skills are still in need of refinement

The #18 pick according to NBA.com:

Marco Belinell: Italy
Birthday:3/25/1986

NBA Position:Shooting Guard

Ht: 6-6

Wt: 200

Team:Climamio Bologna

Hometown:Bologna, Italy

93 Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec-A4N9-ti8&NR
NBA Comparison: Ray Allen

Strengths: Despite his age he plays the game with maturity and intelligence, and has a great deal of experience … Ball handling ability is top notch as he can lead the fast break or take opposing guards off the dribble … Belinelli is one of the best shooters off the dribble anywhere in his age group … Even more impressive is that he needs little time to get his shot off thanks to his ultra quick release … Moves extremely well without the ball using an assortment of cuts and fakes to get open … Works very well off of picks and screens where he is superb off the catch and shoot … Possesses legit three point range … Mechanically he does everything well no matter if he is off balance he always keeps his body fully squared … Defensively he possesses great anticipation skills and quick hands which enable him to disrupt passing lanes … Does not get intimidated by pressure situations nor when facing physical defenders … Mid-range shooting has improved as he is starting to fuse this with his long range shooting and slashing ability …. Extremely coachable player who has a solid work ethic … Athletically he shows solid leaping ability and quickness … A great finisher in the open court …

Weaknesses: Defensively he may struggle to defend more athletic shooting guards as his lateral quickness is average at best … Tends to get caught up in shooting from the perimeter instead of driving the lane and drawing fouls. Should concentrate on becoming more aggressive using his athleticism to attack the basket … Ball protection is a work in progress as Belinelli can get careless with the ball … Does not make much of an impact on the glass … Needs to continue to work on conditioning as he shown the tendency to get worn down as the season progresses … Court vision leaves a little to be desired … Doesn’t convert shots when contact occurs on his drives due to his lack of upper body strength … Belinelli can go through streaky periods where he struggles with shooting consistency.

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