No. 11 isn't a prime spot, but the Warriors are banking on landing a key component to their roster during Thursday's draft.
SF/PF Marcus Morris
SIZE: 6-foot-9, 230 pounds
KEY STATS: Averaged 17.2 points on 57 percent shooting, 7.6 rebounds.
STRENGTHS: Considered one of the elite players in the country, Morris is highlighted by his versatility. Can play multiple positions. Contributes on both ends of the floor. Has good range on his jumper and can face the basket. Exerts energy and passion on defense. Ready to play right away.
WEAKNESSES: Lacks explosiveness, which hurts him in rebounding, shot-blocking. Despite textbook form, is subpar free-throw shooter. Considered by many to have low ceiling.
FIT WITH WARRIORS: Team needs someone to play right now, and Morris is probably the most NBA-ready. Has body, versatility would be a boost to Warriors bench. Doesn't have a special talent for Warriors to exploit, however.
SG/SF Klay Thompson
SCHOOL: Washington State
SIZE: 6-foot-7, 206 pounds
KEY STATS: Averaged 21.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.6 steals. Shot 39.8 percent from 3-point range.
STRENGTHS: Warriors G.M. Larry Riley called Thompson the best shooter in the draft not named Jimmer Fredette. Thompson is deceptively creative at getting where he wants to go on the floor despite average athleticism. Has high basketball I.Q., good passing skills, and his length helps him be a decent rebounder.
WEAKNESS: Average athleticism makes him suspect on defense. Has to rely heavily on intelligence and scheme. Quicker defenders give him problems. Not as good as you'd expect in open court. Needs to add strength and improve assist-to-turnover ratio (3.7 to 3.4 last season with Cougars).
FIT WITH WARRIORS: Would serve as a third guard. Would gives Warriors much-needed offense off the bench with his shooting, penetrating. Probably doesn't fit their defensive plans, as he would be another offense-first perimeter player.
PF/C Bismack Biyombo
SIZE: 6-foot-9, 243 pounds, 7-foot-7 wingspan
KEY STATS: Averaged 6.4 points and 5.1 rebounds with 2.3 blocks in 17 minutes while playing in Spain.
STRENGTHS: Long, athletic and physical, which makes him a presence on defense. Reputed shot blocker who hustles, runs the floor.
WEAKNESS: Super raw offensively. A project on that end of the court. Not a great rebounder considering his attributes. Very inexperienced with poor fundamentals.
FIT WITH WARRIORS: Team desperately in need of defensive presence in the middle. Could be anchor of the defense to protect the rim. However, figures to create lineup problems as Warriors already have two big men (Andris Biedrins, Ekpe Udoh) who don't provide much offense.
SF Kawhi Leonard
SCHOOL: San Diego State
SIZE: 6-foot-7, 227 pounds
KEY STATS: Averaged 15.5 points and 10.6 rebounds
STRENGTHS: High-energy, agile athlete. Rebounds especially well. Has developed a pretty good jumper. Versatile defender with tools to be shut-down type of defender. Underrated passer, playmaker. Reputed for work ethic.
WEAKNESS: Bit of a tweener. Offensive skills are suspect to be full-time small forward. Not as polished offensively, especially with outside shot, to be consistent scoring guard.
FIT WITH WARRIORS: Leonard fills need for bench help, defense. Energy could be a boost. Versatility would give Warriors some flexibility on defense. Has enough offensive skills to contribute on that end immediately, especially in open court.
SF/PF Chris Singleton
COUNTRY: Florida State
SIZE: 6-foot-8, 230 pounds
KEY STATS: Averaged 13.1 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals, 1.5 blocks in 29 minutes
STRENGTHS: Prototype NBA small forward. Has size, explosiveness, hustle, instinct to be defensive stopper. Good at finishing. Can consistently knock down open looks created by others, even from 3-point range. Doesn't need ball to contribute on offense.
WEAKNESS: Needs to develop offensive game, especially ballhandling and passing. His outside shot has improved but is streaky.
FIT WITH WARRIORS: Team has been preaching defense, and Singleton might be the best perimeter defender in draft. Won't provide offensive punch they need off bench, though.
-- MARCUS THOMPSON II