Although this year has been full of losses, the future of this team remains very bright as it looks to add more spectacular memories to the bank.
The Dubs are in perfect position going into the NBA Draft. The team will return fully healthy next season with the best backcourt in the league and will be able to add a significant piece whenever the draft commences.
With the Warriors having good odds to get the No. 1 overall pick in the lottery, Alex Didion of NBC Bay Area went over the who he thinks are the best prospects if the team gets the top selection and keeps the pick.
Here are Didion’s choices:
1.Guard Anthony Edwards, Georgia.
“Were Edwards to wind up being selected by general manager Bob Myers, he potentially could start alongside the Splash Brothers or be one of the NBA’s most electric sixth men on a revamped Warriors roster. Andrew Wiggins’ presence in the lineup could complicate Edwards’ potential fit, but if the Warriors want the best player available at No. 1, the Peach State native is that player.”
2. Forward Obi Toppin, Dayton
“Toppin is a high flyer who can play the 3, 4, and 5, who also shot almost 42 percent from three in college, although he had a limited sample size.His defensive ability will be tested at the next level, as he didn’t demonstrate a strong ability to defend quicker forwards on the perimeter. His rebounding numbers also raise questions given his physical attributes.”
3. Center James Wiseman, Memphis
“He not only can command the paint on defense like the dominant NBA centers of yesteryear, but Wiseman can run the floor and finish in transition with authority. Wiseman is a relative unknown given how little we’ve gotten to see him play, but his potential is as high as anyone in this draft. Especially for a team devoid of a cornerstone center, Wiseman could be the next great superstar in the Bay Area.”
4. Point guard, LaMelo Ball, Illawarra Hawks
“His shot selection is very questionable at times, and Ball needs to put on size in order to be aa durable NBA player. The ceiling is extremely high for Ball, and although his father has made some demands of whatever team selects LaMelo, he could be a triple-double machine in the right NBA system.”
5. Forward Deni Avdija, Maccabi Tel Aviv
“His shooting ability both at the free throw and behind the 3-point line leaves something to be desired, and it remains to be seen how he’ll match up defensively when consistently going against NBA talent on a nightly basis. For every European success story like Luka Doncic, there are players like Jan Veseley that fail to live up to a top-10 designation. But Avdija has a chance to come in and immediately become an impact player in the NBA next year, wherever he winds up.”
Edwards is the clearly best choice, if the Warriors keep the pick. With the Splash Brothers, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green set as starters, the Warriors can bring Edwards off the bench as a scorer. Practicing and learning from two of the best in the world for a whole season will also do wonders for his development as an NBA player.
Out of the rest of the list, I like Toppin as a player, but Wiseman makes sense in terms of fit because you can start him at center.
I wouldn’t touch Ball. I know where he fits with this team and his skillset doesn’t jive with the Warriors’ system. To me, Ball is a good stats on a bad team type player whose lack of shooting and defensive liabilities just don’t make sense.
Avdija is intriguing as a prospect, but I do think if the Dubs keep the pick, it is the perfect opportunity to select the guy they think can grow into a superstar as Steph and Klay hit their mid-30’s and that guy is Edwards.
What do you think of the players on this list?
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