Between their on-court domination, Kevin Durant's decision and Draymond Green's antics, there are many basketball fans who simply don't like the Golden State Warriors. After Thursday night, there could be one more reason to add to the list. Multiple mock drafts have the Warriors taking former Duke star Grayson Allen 28th overall.
Of course, mock drafts mean nothing. But Allen is looking like a late first round pick, and the Warriors make sense. If he's able to improve his shooting at the next level, he could be a real weapon for a team that spaces the floor better than any other in the league.
Sports Illustrated is one of the publications projecting Allen to the Warriors. Here's what they had to say about the idea:
The Warriors seems likely to draft a wing after getting strong results out of Quinn Cook at backup point guard, coupled with Patrick McCaw being a restricted free agent and Jordan Bell and Damian Jones under contract as young frontcourt pieces. Allen is the kind of readymade bench guy the Warriors would covet if available, and his shooting ability, toughness and experience level all make sense with their system. He’s not a point guard, but can spend a little bit of time on the ball and should be athletic enough to be decent defensively. Allen feels like a lock for the first round at this point, and is a clean fit here if he gets this far.
Allen, who won a national title at Duke his freshman year, tested incredibly well at the NBA Combine last month. He's far more athletic than people give him credit for. He's one of the more interesting players in this year's class.
The biggest question mark? Allen, during his sophomore and junior years, had problems controlling his anger on the court. On numerous occasions, he tripped opponents. As such, he became one of the more hated players in college hoops.
If he can control himself as a pro, he'll be a nice asset. But he's going to be on a short leash - with both his coaching staff and fans. If he lands on the Warriors, he can expect even more attention.