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News » Warriors battling odds

Warriors battling odds

Warriors battling odds
The likelihood is that nothing's going to happen.

The pingpong balls probably are not going to bounce the Warriors way and land them the top pick in the NBA draft, deeming them the winner of the Blake Griffin Sweepstakes. Odds are they won't move down either, at least not significantly.

The smart money is on the Warriors staying right where they are, at No. 7. Warriors general manager Larry Riley is fine with that.

"We're not going to get far off of seven," he said in a phone interview. "It's not that this draft is loaded up with a lot of great players. But all you've got to do is get one."

The NBA Draft Lottery will take place today before Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. The lottery will determine the top three spots in the draft, and the remaining 11 spots will be filled in order of worst record.

The Sacramento Kings, owners of the league's worst record, have the best chance (25 percent) at getting the first pick, followed by the Washington Wizards (17.8) and the Los Angeles Clippers (17.7).

The Warriors , who finished with the seventh-worst record in the NBA, have a 4.3 percent chance of nabbing the top pick and a 15 percent chance of jumping into the top three. If one of the teams behind the Warriors jumps into the top three, the Warriors will fall a spot.

Griffin, the stud power forward from Oklahoma, is expected to be taken first in the draft June 28. Connecticut center Hasheem Thabeet and Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio figure to round out the top three picks.

NBA insiders expect the Warriors to draft a point guard with their selection. Rubio should be long gone by the time the Warriors pick at No. 7. But Brandon Jennings, the heralded University of Arizona recruit who shunned college Basketball to play professionally in Europe, sharp-shooting Davidson point guard Stephen Curry and Memphis combo guard Tyreke Evans could be available for the Warriors to take.

Initially, the draft was thought to be weak after the top three. But the development of some collegiate players Curry, Arizona power forward Jordan Hill and Louisville forward Earl Clark and the early entry of some potential-laden freshmen like Evans and USC guard Demar DeRozan have given middle of the lottery some semblance of life.

Perhaps few are franchise-changers, but teams in the middle of the lottery are feeling like they can get a solid player. The Warriors certainly do.

"We have a pretty good idea who (we want)," Riley said, "if we're there at seven."

Contact Marcus Thompson II at Draft LotteryTeam (Record) % chanceof winning lotteryKings (17-65) 25.0Wizards (19-63) 17.8Clippers (19-63) 17.7Thunder (23-59) 11.9T'wolves (24-58) 7.6Grizzlies (24-58) 7.5Warriors (29-53) 4.3Knicks (32-50) 2.8Raptors (33-49) 1.7Bucks (34-48) 1.0Nets (34-38) 0.9Bobcats (35-47) 0.7Pacers (36-46) 0.6Suns (46-36) 0.5

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Added: May 19, 2009


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