The Golden State Warriors will be seeking to re-tool their roster ahead of the return to the lineup for both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Their decision with the No. 2 selection in the 2020 NBA Draft will be a critical element to those efforts.
There has been talk about the Warriors potentially looking to trade their first round selection or move down in the draft order. There was even talk about them taking Anthony Edwards with the top selection had they won the NBA Draft order.
According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, multiple sources told him the Warriors’ preference with the No. 2 pick is to select a wing. The projection O’Connor made for Golden State in his latest mock draft was Maccabi Tel Aviv forward Deni Avdija.
Everything is on the table for the Warriors with this pick. They could stay put, trade down, or move entirely out. Sources from multiple front offices believe Golden State’s preference is to draft a wing. That could mean Edwards, who has size. But Edwards is a shaky decision-maker at this stage of his career (and he’s off our board anyway). Avdija makes logical sense as a highly experienced player who projects as a versatile 6-foot-9 forward with playmaking skills. Ideally, the Warriors would be able to trade down for him since two bigger name prospects are still on the board.
Using the No. 2 selection to bring a wing would be a fascinating outcome for the Warriors. If the prospect is ready to make an impact as a rookie, Golden State would have little issue using intriguing lineups with Draymond Green at the five spot with no shortage of spacing and switching capability.
For the Warriors, they understand the title to compete for championships is winding down with their all-time great shooting duo. It’s important their selection in the 2020 NBA Draft is used to help maximize that window, whether it’s by actually selecting a player, or by trading it away.
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