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ENEMY LINES an opposing team's scout sizes up the Warriors
Jack McCallum
October 28, 2002
"If they'd had any luck in the lottery, they would have gotten the first or second pick and used it to address one of their major weaknesses—point guard and center....
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October 28, 2002

Enemy Lines An Opposing Team's Scout Sizes Up The Warriors

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"If they'd had any luck in the lottery, they would have gotten the first or second pick and used it to address one of their major weaknesses—point guard and center....

They got forward Mike Dunleavy [at No. 3] and then guard Jiri Welsch [No. 16], who instantly became their best playmakers. Dunleavy looks thin, but he's going to be a good pro. He's versatile, understands team play and can pump fake, put it on the floor and finish with that beautiful stroke. Still, I think he'll have a harder adjustment than Welsch, who's played professionally in Europe and could eventually be their point guard....

They were terrible in close games because of their shooting. They didn't have one guy who hit more than 80 percent of his free throws....

I was surprised they didn't go after a veteran who could provide leadership. Other than Chris Mills, who's fighting injuries, there's no one for their young players to look up to. They look like they're running more motion to create an unselfish atmosphere....

I bet Eric Musselman is devoting himself to breaking Antawn Jamison of some bad habits, like standing on the three-point line when he should be slashing inside. Jamison's still a young player who could thrive in a team atmosphere, but his maximum contract is going to cause problems because your max players need to be your best players. On a good team Jamison would really be your number 3 player....

Jason Richardson shows signs of becoming a superstar. He and Welsch could play together in the backcourt, with Richardson guarding the quicker guy....

The Warriors need Troy Murphy to become their best big man, because he's a tough guy who can make shots. The other big guys—Erick Dampier, Adonal Foyle and Danny Fortson, who I hear is being shopped—should all be backups, because they're not good defenders or shooters and they foul too much."

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