The NBA 2020 draft order is still unknown. The same goes for the time when the event will take place. But that hasn’t stopped chat plans from thriving online.
There is a large contingent of Warriors fans who are active and engaged in the Twitter community, discussing everything about Dubs, so of course, the draft is a common topic. We’ve heard from a lot of basketball experts and analysts, so now let’s listen to a few prominent Warriors fans on what they think the Warriors should do in the project,
If the warriors have choice # 1 in the project (and don’t trade it in), who should they choose?
@samesfandiari: I don’t think a player in this project will be an instant impact player and because of that, I would go with the highest realistic potential. To me, it’s Anthony Edwards. 6 feet 5 inches and 225 pounds with a long span. He stands out as a solid downhill combo keeper who can play defense.
If it grows to its potential, it has a star upside down. I think you have to achieve this advantage, even if he may not be the most suitable player to help Golden State in 2020-1
@AndyKHLiu: No one. But seriously, if they absolutely had to write someone, give me Deni Avdija. I stick with someone who I think has the right structure around him and an organization that won’t force him to be a goal scorer right away, can become a Gordon Hayward player, even a top player Nicolas Batum type.
Strong defender, great passer, high IQ, good shooter and the length to function as a secondary marker. I think Deni has a fairly safe floor.
@GSWReddit: It’s hard to answer this question, because this project seems to be such a dice game and you always want to take the best player available and get the best value for your choice, but none of these prospects seem to be the best choice, so you’re essentially touching anyone you take.
That said, I think if the Warriors are forced to choose number 1, they will likely go for Edwards. It appears to offer the best advantage among the best choices in terms of balancing the two All-Star potentials, but also, hopefully, the ability to contribute immediately, which Kerr recently highlighted. It brings a much needed size to the guard and you can never have too many points.
It is probably the best value they can get at this choice.
@ Jannelle12: Warriors should select Obi Toppin for the first choice. Obi is the fourth section which will adapt perfectly to what the Dubs do perfectly in attack. It understands the spacing and works well in pick-and-roll and in the station. The Warriors need someone they can “hook up and play” and don’t need a lot of development.
Obi fits this description.
@TheWarriorsTalk: The only correct answer here for Golden State should be Georgia freshman Anthony Edwards. The 18-year-old goalkeeper is the prototypical warrior who can play at both ends of the ground, can shoot and is long and athletic.
What I like most about this potential pairing is that Edwards has All-Star potential, but will not be thrown into the fire and should lead a team in its first professional season will still be able to generate significantly during his rookie year.
He will benefit from playing with basketball legends that are at their peak, preparing him for a long and successful career (hopefully with Golden State) even when Steph, Klay and Draymond decide to hang them up.
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What better perspective should the Warriors avoid in the front row?
@samesfandiari: Whatever this annoying warrior Outsiders like. Joking aside, I would be wary of James Wiseman, unless someone smarter than me is convinced that he will eventually become a smuggler or a top marksman.
The large ones that are profiled as an interior presence, protecting the rim, are becoming easier to find, and therefore less precious. They become runners in the NBA. The Warriors should look for playmakers with a top pick, even if there is no way to start in the next two years.
@AndyKHLiu: Another reason why I want Deni is unless one of these undersized guards or wings has elite skill, why write them down? Anthony Edwards is probably too small and not a good enough shooter to be better than Monta [Ellis]. LaMelo Ball shoots like you and me. And James Wiseman finds himself on the scrap heap every year for the minimum veterinarian.
@GSWReddit: To echo recent reports, Ball and Wiseman. Ball is talented and will make one of those franchises really happy, he just isn’t the right person in Golden State. There are too many question marks around his defense and his shots and he plans to be someone who will take time to develop, which the Warriors just don’t have time to close.
Although Wiseman is intriguing, the Warriors have had a center-by-committee approach for as long as we know and it makes no sense to use a first choice on a center when, in important moments of a game, Draymond has always been there.
@ Jannelle12: I think the Warriors should avoid any choices that are not based on need. This project isn’t really a deep talent, and the Warriors want someone who doesn’t need a lot of development because they don’t develop. They need someone who can contribute immediately.
@TheWarriorsTalk: We’ve all heard that James Wiseman has the No. 1 pick potential, and it might be the right decision for many teams, but not for the Warriors.
Golden State was able to win championships while occupying the central position with personalities like Andrew Bogut, Zaza Pachulia, Javale McGee, Damian Jones, Festus Ezeli and of course the icon Ognjen Kuzmic.
No knock on the guys I just mentioned, but with the exception of Bogut, there is no choice among the top five. My point is that the Warriors have historically thrived by going to the center by committee or playing flat on a small ball for long periods of time, so no need for Wiseman in this team.
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If the Warriors could trade up to # 6 or 7, what would be your dream pick?
@samesfandiari: Fight between Isaac Okoro and Tyrese Haliburton. If I were to guess, those are the two players who should participate in the lottery that Steve Kerr would most like and it is not hard to see why.
The two remind me of players from 2014 to 2019 Warriors – High IQ and team oriented. Okoro can clearly defend and makes a lot of “winning games”. Haliburton has features that remind me of a young Shaun Livingston or Lonzo Ball. I would be happy with either player.
I think the warriors would be very happy if they ended up trading and ending up with one of these two players
@AndyKHLiu: Steve Kerr and company will be writing someone with limited upside fire ability, high and poor IQ. Give me Killian Hayes. He’s a clone of D’Angelo Russell and James Harden.
While this player is not what the Warriors need today, keep in mind, D-Lo was a player who was already set up in his own way and difficult to organize for the Warriors. When Steph finds the flip side of his career, a leading scorer like Hayes’ leader will mark the start of a new era.
Hell, why not just take him # 1?
@GSWReddit: Toppin seems to be the obvious choice. The Warriors appear to be in love with him, and among the best hopes, he appears to be the one most ready for the NBA and could contribute immediately.
The only problem concerning him would be the position, because he seems to overlap with Eric Paschall as a scorer. It may not be there that far, so I would say a more realistic fit, Haliburton. He has a well balanced attacking play and seems very capable defensively for a point guard.
It could be the perfect backup for Steph they are looking for.
@ Jannelle12: If the Warriors are negotiating, I wouldn’t mind getting Onyeka Okongwu from the USC or Cassius Stanley from Duke. Okongwu can end up around the edge and give them another lob threat. It can obstruct the tracks, block and deviate.
Stanley is a 3D goalkeeper who can find a few significant minutes in the rotation. He excels in transition and perimeter defense.
@TheWarriorsTalk:I think it would be fun if the Warriors caught LaMelo Ball with choice # 6 or 7. I know Melo was recently mentioned as a potential # 1 choice, but I don’t see that happening.
Melo is a high-risk, high-reward choice anywhere in the top 10 and project choice # 6 or 7 is the perfect place where Golden State should roll the dice. If that happens, you have a future franchise leader to take the reins once Steph Curry is gone at sunset. Ball has professional basketball experience to his credit, is only 18 years old and is very exciting to watch.
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