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NBA Draft Rumor: Damian Lillard And Golden State Warriors A Perfect Fit?

Oakland-native and Golden State Warriors fan Damian Lillard would not mind the Warriors drafting him at No. 7 overall. Lillard made this notion clear in a recent interview with the San Jose Mercury:

I grew up a Warriors fan, I'm still a Warriors fan. ... If I go somewhere else next year, that'll be the first year I haven't been a Warriors fan. I would love to play for my hometown team.

Lillard is considered by most experts to be the 2012 NBA Draft's top point guard prospect. SB Nation's Jonathan Tjarks ranked Lillard as his No. 1 point guard available:

Lillard has the best combination of speed and skill among this year's PGs. A long and athletic 6'2, 185-pound guard with an excellent three-point stroke (41 percent from beyond the arc), he averaged 24.5 points, five rebounds and four assists on 52 percent shooting as a senior.

As an alumni of Oakland HS, being drafted by the Warriors because of his talent and potential would be a dream come true for Lillard. The four-year player at Weber State will not only be playing for his hometown team, but could have the chance of becoming an actual NBA star for the Warriors.

The Warriors will obviously benefit financially when they market a hometown product, but since this hometown product is an actual legitimate NBA talent, Lillard ends up being a very attractive option for the Warriors at No. 7 overall.

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