The Warriors' lone pick in the draft is the 30th pick in the first round, where there might be talent available but the challenge is finding a talent that can contribute. Warriors general manager Bob Myers has his work cut out for him in trying to help the team bounce back in the 2016-17 season.
Why do the Warriors only have one pick?
The Warriors traded their second round pick of this year's draft to the Utah Jazz as part of the three-team deal that allowed them to clear cap room to sign Andre Iguodala (full details here). Due to that trade, the Warriors do not currently have another draft pick until the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft.
Of course, the deal has worked out for the Warriors given that they just made two consecutive NBA Finals. But the sacrifice now are those highly cost-efficient first round guaranteed contracts.
What do the Warriors need?
Jon Wilner of the Bay Area News Group nicely summarized what the Warriors need in this draft.
The Warriors could use an athletic big man who can score.
They could use a perimeter player who excels at finishing at the rim (to counterbalance the current array of jump shooters).
They could use a backup point guard. (Shaun Livingston has one year left on his contract, assuming the team picks up his option.)
If you were unfamiliar with the Warriors' roster, you could look at that set of needs and say, Wow! They need everything! The reality is that they need bench depth with eight free agents this offseason, but really do need to address the frontcourt situation with starting center Andrew Bogut suffering yet another unfortunate injury and not getting any younger.
Who might the Warriors draft?
We've been cramming for this draft after trying to recover from the Finals loss too, but we have reviewed a few talents that might be available for the Warriors with the 30th pick already based on what the experts have said in mock drafts.
- Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia
- Juan Hernangomez, Spain
- Brice Johnson, North Carolina
- Damian Jones, Vanderbilt
- Thon Maker, Athlete Institute
- Gary Payton II, Oregon State
- Taurean Prince, Baylor
- Zhou Qi, China
- Diamond Stone, Maryland
2016 NBA Draft schedule
What: The 2016 NBA Draft
When: Thursday, June 23
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Time: 8 p.m.
TV info: ESPN
Online stream: WatchESPN.com