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NBA moves up draft lottery

We’re closer to knowing the Warriors fate.

2019 NBA Draft Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

The NBA has moved up the 2020 draft lottery. Instead of taking place on the originally scheduled date of Aug. 25, the lottery will now occur on Aug. 20, just three days after the first round of the playoffs gets underway.

The 2020 NBA Draft is keeping the same date — Oct. 16, three days after the last possible day of the NBA Finals.

The draft lottery is pretty much all that the Golden State Warriors have going for them right now. They were the first team eliminated from the playoffs, and are one of eight teams not invited to the Disney Resort to resume the season.

Instead, the Dubs are at home, recharging and rehabbing, and getting ready for the 2020-21 season, which is tentatively scheduled to start sometime in December.

But the draft lottery will impact the team’s plans for the upcoming season. After finished the year with the worst record in the league, Golden State holds a 14% chance of landing the number one overall pick. They have a 13.4% chance of getting the second pick, a 12.7% chance at the third pick, a 12% chance at the fourth pick, and a 47.9% chance at the fifth pick. The fifth overall pick is the lowest possible outcome

The 2020 draft class is an uninspiring one, and it’s unknown if the Warriors have any specific players they’re targeting. They’ll certainly shop the pick around, and see if they can use it as bait to get a more proven player.

But whether they keep the pick or trade it, a high pick is always preferable. So circle your calendar for Aug. 20 — it’s the closest thing we’ve got to Warriors basketball.