Golden State decided to make some roster changes after a slow start to the 2011-12 NBA season as they traded All-Star guard Monta Ellis to Milwaukee for center Andrew Bogut. The big man never played for the Warriors because he was hurt, but it set the tone for this team as they look to improve next season.
The Warriors head into the 2012 draft with one glaring need, and that is a quality small forward. The Warriors have a good back-court and Bogut, and David Lees give the team some quality post players, but they need another good scorer and a player that can defend on the wing.
Harrison Barnes from North Carolina is likely the top option for Golden State as the former Tar Heels star averaged over 17 points and five rebounds last season, but his athleticism allows for good defense, and that is something head coach Mark Jackson is stressing for this team to become a playoff contender.
Another option is Terrance Jones from Kentucky. At 6’9″ he is big for a small forward, but he is an upgrade over what the Warriors already have on their roster. Jones is more of a defensive player and a strong rebounder and would give the Warriors some toughness, but he could struggle against quick guards and might become a power forward before his career is over.
Golden State announced they will move to San Francisco, not a bad move for the team or the NBA as they can now market to a bigger market. The Warriors will need to start winning, and it starts with the moves the front office makes this summer.