While we wait for the COVID-19 outbreak to hopefully be contained sooner than later, the NBA world is still buzzing with rumors.
We don’t know if or when play will resume, but one thing we do know for sure: the NBA Draft will happen at some point.
With the Golden State Warriors holding the worst record in the league at 15-50 into the season, it is safe to assume they will be tied for the best odds to win the lottery at 14%. If they don’t get the first pick, the Dubs will pick no lower than No. 5.
Connor Letorneau of the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that the Warriors are open to trade offers, no matter where the pick lands, but if they don’t receive a package they like, they have their sights set on a couple of players.
Letorneau says the Dubs would take Georgia guard Anthony Edwards No. 1 and the second prospect they like is Israeli forward Deni Avdija.
Although both Edwards and Avdija could very well be gone by the time the Warriors pick, depending on how the lottery goes, there are a couple of players Letorneau says the Dubs are not very high on.
“According to multiple league sources The Chronicle contacted in the past few days, the Warriors — contrary to what mock drafts might suggest — aren’t believed to be high on two of the three players being mentioned as possibilities at the No. 1 pick: former Memphis center James Wiseman and point guard LaMelo Ball, who last played for the Illawarra Hawks of Australia’s National Basketball League. As one source put it, “I think they’d only take one of those two if they were trading down in the draft and taking them for another team.”
I am not surprised to hear about Bob Myers and co. not being high on Ball, who wouldn’t be a great fit with the current backcourt.
However, I think Wiseman could fit in nicely with the team as a rim protector and low-post presence.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out, but I could see the Warriors trading the pick for a veteran who will help the team content for an NBA Championship again next season.
What do you think the Dubs will do?