The Golden State Warriors will not be among the 22 teams that will be making the trek to Orlando for the NBA’s return. Instead, their focus has shifted to the 2020 NBA Draft to add a talented prospect to pair with its star players and prepare for the future.
It was reported by Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle that the Warriors plan to use the No. 1 pick on Georgia standout Anthony Edwards if they win the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery. For reference, Golden State has 14 percent odds of landing the top selection.
If the Warriors do not end up landing the top selection in the 2020 NBA Draft, Letourneau reported they’d ‘strongly consider’ taking Tyrese Haliburton, Isaac Okoro, or Deni Avdija if they land ‘anywhere between Nos. 2 and No. 5.’
“If Golden State lands anywhere between Nos. 2 and No. 5, it’ll strongly consider Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton, Auburn’s Isaac Okoro and Israel’s Deni Avdija, among others.”
Considering the Warriors are guaranteed to have a pick within the top five of the 2020 NBA Draft order given the odds, they are bound to land an intriguing prospect regardless. Any non-center prospect would surely come off the bench and Golden State has a need for help in that area.
It’s at least somewhat surprising that James Wiseman wasn’t mentioned as one of the top options for the Warriors in the upcoming NBA Draft if they weren’t to land the top pick. Golden State likely has a long-term approach as opposed to focusing on forcing a pick at the center spot.
The main core players for the Warriors such as Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green are each now north of 30-years-old. Adding another intriguing prospect to prepare for the future regardless of position would be an ideal approach.
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