Apr 10, 2013; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard Peyton Siva (3) gestures to the crowd at the KFC YUM! Center during their celebration for winning the NCAA Men

Golden State Warriors Work Out Peyton Siva

Former Louisville guard Peyton Siva worked out with the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, according to Curtis Pashelka the San Jose Mercury News.

When asked about Mark Jackson, Siva had some kind words (via the San Jose Mercury News):

He’s one of the all-time great point guards and he played under Coach P also,” Siva said of the Warriors coach, who played under Pitino for two years with the New York Knicks. “Just that connection right there.

It would be great,” Siva said of playing for Jackson. “He’s great coach and they had a great year this year. It’d be wonderful.

Siva averaged 10 points and 5.7 assists in 31.2 minutes per game in 2012-13, and he finished the season shooting just 28.8 percent from beyond the arc. Most of his offensive value lies in his ability to penetrate and effectively run the pick-and-roll. He’s also a decent mid-range shooter, but no one would categorize him as “elite.”

Defensive is where Siva shines, largely due to his above-average quickness. Among the Top 100 prospects at Draft Express, his 2.8 steals per 40 minutes ranked third, which sheds some light on his aggressive style of play. At the NBA level, he would likely have to pick his spots, as the competition is wiser and more athletic. Jumping at Dwyane Wade, for instance, wouldn’t be a wise game plan.

Most mock drafts have Siva going in the final 10 picks of the draft, with the high-40’s being the best case scenario. Had he not impressed at the NBA Draft Combine last month, his stock would’ve been even lower.

Below is a general outlook of Siva’s potential as an NBA Player courtesy of Draft Express.

Despite the limitations of Siva’s current offensive skill set, his defensive ability and outstanding intangibles certainly give him a fighting chance at making a roster and sticking around as a second or third point guard. We’ve seen players in his mold have lengthy NBA careers in the past, and it certainly wouldn’t be surprising if Siva’s interviews, recommendation from his coaching staff and history of playing for winning teams ultimately endears him to a team who can plug him in next to some dynamic scoring wings and let him try to follow in their footsteps next season.

Siva would be an interesting fit for the Warriors, who don’t currently occupy a draft pick. His defense would be an upgrade, but he might have a hard time fitting in on offense if he can’t space the floor with a decent three-point jumper.

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