For the past 8 months, I’ve profiled college players who could be a fit with the Warriors. Going into the draft, it seems likely the Warriors will take a wing player.
The following players were noted in Hugo’s recent piece on wings. It seems incredibly likely that all three of these players will be drafted before the 28th pick. That said, it’s good to have all the options on your radar because anyone can drop on draft night.
Kevin Huerter is a 6-7 wing who scouts are discussing as a lite-Klay Thompson. While that description might be a bit generous, he can really shoot it.
Jerome Robinson is a 6-5 point guard who can score from any place on the floor. He should be a solid NBA scorer and is a possible fit anywhere in the first round.
Chandler Hutchison is a 6-7 wing who can do a bit of everything. I would be totally shocked if he dropped to the Warriors, but you should still know about him. There are rumors the Bulls promised to draft him at pick 22.
If the Warriors end up with any of these aforementioned players, it’s a good night.
Power Rankings: Who should the Warriors draft?
There are plenty of players who could fall to the Warriors. Here are my rankings heading into the draft. If the Warriors can grab anyone in the 1-5 range, I think most draft geeks would consider the night a success for Bob Myers and the front office. If they choose anyone in the 6-10 range, it’s likely that the Dubs think they can get a solid wing player in free agency rather than the draft. If they choose anyone in the 11-15 range, let’s hope they acquired the player in the second round.
5. Jacob Evans, Cincinnati, junior, small forward: Evans is a popular pick in mock drafts for the Warriors. He’s 6-6 and doesn’t jump out of the gym but is a high-floor player who the Warriors could cultivate into a solid role player.
6. Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova, junior, guard: DiVincenzo, aka Delaware Michael Jordan, played an incredible NCAA championship game. If that game never happened, DiVincenzo would be returning for his senior season. For better or worse, it’s tough to base an entire selection on one performance. Here are the highlights from his best game.
7. Moritz Wagner- Michigan, junior, power forward: If the Warriors choose against drafting a wing player, Wagner should be at the top of the list.
9. Jalen Brunson- Villanova, junior, point guard: If the Warriors draft a point guard, Brunson is the guy. I don’t think they’ll take a point guard.
10 Gary Trent Jr.- Duke, freshman, shooting guard: Trent Jr. has potential to be a solid role player in the NBA but he’s still so young. He seems like a second-round choice.
11. De’Anthony Melton- USC, sophomore, guard: Melton’s game still has a long way to go offensively. However, he’s a fantastic defender. I just don’t think a defense-only player should be the Warriors’ priority.