Bob Myers Previews the Warriors' Draft, ‘that's What Makes the Puzzle Fascinating'

The Warriors held several draft workouts over the last couple of days and have another scheduled for Wednesday.

On Monday, Melvin Frazier -- who is considered a late first-round or early second-round pick -- spoke to reporters after the workout.

"A lot of guys today, in this generation, don't like to play defense," Frazier said. "It's just something I like to do. And I know defense is going to get me on the floor."

That must have been music to the ears of Bob Myers and Steve Kerr (among others).

"In this league, it seems to be if you can't guard - and you guys followed the playoffs - they will pick on you and they will exploit you," Myers told reporters on Tuesday. "Players that can defend their position can play basketball. If you surround a player that's defensive-minded with scoring, you can put him on the floor ... if you can't defend, you better be a pretty good scorer.

"That's what makes the job and the pick (No. 28 overall) and the puzzle fascinating - it's not one-on-one basketball. So when we look at our team, Jordan Bell probably fits us better than he might fit another team ... it doesn't much matter to us what the league values those guys as. It matters how we value them."

In 2016, the Warriors paid Milwaukee $2.4 million for the rights to Patrick McCaw.

In 2017, the Warriors paid Chicago $3.5 million for the rights to Bell.

Both guys entered the league with defense-first reputations, and the Warriors are always looking for prospects who value that end of the floor.

As Myers said, when you have the scorers the Warriors have: "A guy that can defend certainly is important."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

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