Last night, the Warriors used a lottery pick on a skinny, athletic power forward for the third time in four seasons. Indeed, it’s fair to wonder where exactly Ekpe Udoh, the newest rangy four-man, fits on the team. But Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area asks Warriors fans to consider Udoh’s skills, not just his positional designation, in evaluating what Udoh can bring to the mix:
Think about the Warriors’ front line: Andris Biedrins, Ronny Turiaf, Dan Gadzuric. There’s not a back-to-the-basket move among those players. Throw Chris Hunter in there, too. He’s more of a face-up player. [….]
Udoh is nothing special in the low post, but he is competent. He can make the right pass out of there – not that he’ll get double-teamed, though – and even has a little bit of a left hand.
If the Warriors get “competent” low-post production from Udoh, they’ll be pretty happy. Yet maybe their fans’ issue with the selection is that, with the sixth pick, the team should get more than competence.