Georgetown center Greg Monroe, the biggest name player to come through the Warriors' facility this draft season, worked out Sunday and made his case for why the Warriors should select him with the No. 6 pick.
Matched up against Saint Mary's College big man Omar Samhan in a three-on-three workout at the team's downtown facility, Monroe's skills drew praise from Warriors coach Don Nelson.
"The one thing we can use that he does extremely well, probably better than any other big man in the country, is pass the ball," Nelson said. "And (he's) young enough yet that he can still develop."
Monroe is one of the leading candidates to be the Warriors' top pick. Nelson said Monroe's experience in Georgetown's Princeton-style offense — which is centered on cutting, passing and ball movement — is a plus because it gave him opportunities at various spots on the court. The Warriors like big men with perimeter skills.
Many consider Monroe the third-best big man in the draft, behind Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors and Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins.
Warriors general manager Larry Riley said he expected the players many regard as the five best — a quintet that includes Cousins and Favors — to be off the board by the time the Warriors pick.
If that's the case, Monroe figures to be a heavy favorite to become a Warrior given the team's perpetual need for a big man.
"I'm a versatile big man," Monroe said. "I'm mobile. I can get up and down the court. Being able to make plays, quick plays, off the pass, off the dribble, I think I can help this team."
The concern with Monroe is whether he's athletic enough and has the low-post offensive skills the Warriors need.
Nelson said Sunday that the Warriors need a rebounding, low-post scoring big man more than a high-post passer.
But it might come down to Monroe or a power forwards such as Wake Forest's Al-Faroq Aminu or Baylor's Ekpe Udoh.
Cousins, who some think could fall to the Warriors, has not worked out for Golden State and has none scheduled. Riley said he wouldn't mind drafting a player who did not work out for the team. He did so last year, taking point guard Stephen Curry with the seventh pick in the first round.
Note: Guard Speedy Claxton has retired from basketball and has been hired as a college scout for the Warriors. He was present at Sunday's workout. He didn't play at all last season because of knee problems.