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Draft rumors: Thompson, Biyombo may be moving up

Jun 18, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

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The draft rumors are really starting to fly.

One of the big wild cards — in a draft filled with them — is Congolese big man Bismack Biyombo. As we told you in our profile of the shot-blocking big man, pretty much everyone expects the Warriors to take him at No. 11.

Except that according to ESPN’s Chad Ford the Toronto Raptors are going to work him out on Monday and are considering taking him at No. 5. Biyombo just led the second best league in the world (Spanish ABC League) in blocked shots and he should be able to rebound at the NBA level. But his offense is atrocious.

For a Raptors team that wants to focus more on defense — especially if they do hire Dwane Casey as coach — Biyombo could make some sense. But to pass up on talented players who could be available at that spot (some combination of Kemba Walker, Brandon Knight, Enes Kanter, Jan Vesely, Kawhi Leonard will be around) would be tough to do.

If Biyombo does come off the board before they pick, what is Golden State going to do? According to the San Jose Mercury News they very much like Klay Thompson, the best shooter in the draft, who impressed them in a recent workout.

Thompson has impressed everyone. If the Warriors are serious about moving Monta Ellis (and they are, it’s just not that easy) then Thompson makes a lot of sense. You can see him next to Stephen Curry (but the Warriors would still have their defensive issues in the back court). And in a draft where there are questions about everyone, taking the guy who can shoot the lights out seems the wise and safe choice

  1. zblott - Jun 18, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    In a weak draft like this, you gotta take the best role players you can and not pretend they’ll become great All-Star-level scorers. That being said, Biyombo has all the makings of a dominant interior defender/rebounder. Here’s more info about him and the other Internationals who will get drafted in the first round:

    http://www.behindthebasket.com/btb/2011/6/13/2011-nba-draft-international-players.html

  2. trickybastard - Jun 19, 2011 at 1:01 AM

    Helin you are absolutely wrong it’s not even close. First Biyombo is moving DOWN after bad workouts. Secondly the Warriors will NOT take him they already have Udoh. Do your homework!

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