Warriors Leaning Toward Udoh
June, 23, 2010
By Andy Katz
NEW YORK -- Golden State is leaning toward being the first team to upset the lottery if it selects Baylor’s Epke Udoh over Georgetown’s Greg Monroe at No. 6, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the selection told ESPN.com Wednesday night.
The Warriors are seriously considering selecting Udoh at No. 6, which would be the highest he has been listed on draft boards if the projected top five goes as expected with John Wall (Washington), Evan Turner (Philadelphia), Wesley Johnson (New Jersey), Derrick Favors (Minnesota) and DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento) in the first five spots.
According to sources the Warriors are intrigued with Udoh’s ability to be a game-changer more so than Monroe, especially on the defensive end.
If Udoh does go No. 6 and Detroit goes with North Carolina’s Ed Davis, which is what those close to Davis and the league expect, then the Los Angeles Clippers would have a tough decision at No. 8. According to a source close to the situation, the Clippers would have a hard time deciding between Monroe or Wake Forest’s Al-Farouq Aminu. If the Clippers go with Aminu then Monroe becomes the first slider in the lottery, likely landing at No. 9 Utah unless Detroit changes direction and goes with Monroe over Davis.
Meanwhile, multiple sources say Oklahoma City isn’t done trying to make moves after getting the No. 18 pick and Daequon Cook from Miami earlier Wednesday. Sources said Indiana continues to be a possible destination for a trade. The Pacers’ No. 10 has been on the market if the Pacers can land a point guard in a deal. Indiana had looked long at Udoh at No. 10 if the Pacers kept the pick. If the Warriors go with Udoh at No. 6 then the Pacers might be more apt to deal.