The Golden State Warriors have a lot of options this year with four picks in the 2012 NBA Draft, but none more important than their first round selection in this deep and talented draft class. And according to Sports Illustrated's NBA guru Sam Amick, the W's will select Kentucky power forward Terrence Jones with the No. 7 overall pick .
Below is Amick's commentary on his selection, and how he fits into the Warriors game plan.
The Terrence Jones buzz has been growing at Golden State, and he's as likely a pick as any if the team actually holds on to it. It doesn't hurt that he's represented by the same agency from which new general manager and former agent Bob Myers hails (the Wasserman Media Group), which was also the case when the team pursued Clippers center DeAndre Jordan as a restricted free agent last summer. But the win-now mode that owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber have entered after trading for Andrew Bogut last season means they're looking for veteran small forward help (or, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, to trade up for Kidd-Gilchrist). This Jones or the one he faced off with in a Monday workout (Perry) doesn't appear ready to make that sort of impact right away.
As for Miller, Amick feels he is also a terrific fit for Golden State:
|The Warriors wouldn't be relying on Miller to fill their need for a starting small forward, but he has enough talent to make you wonder if he could eventually play that role. Miller, whose torn ACL during his senior season in high school set him back after he was Slam magazine's top prospect of the 2011 class in 2010, said he expects to go anywhere from the late lottery to "the 20s." But he could also fall into the second round.
You can check out Amick's complete mock draft right here.