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Dubs in-depth: Warriors to meet with Killian Hayes

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The 18-year-old guard has the potential to be a home run pick.

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We won’t know where the Golden State Warriors are picking until the NBA Draft Lottery happens on Aug. 25, but we know they’ll have a top-five selection.

The Dubs will have a plethora of options on what to do with the pick. General manager Bob Myers has said everything is on the table for the team as it looks to get back into championship contention.

Golden State has been tied to virtually all of the prospects in the 2020 NBA Draft, including Tyrese Haliburton, Anthony Edwards, Deni Avdija and James Wiseman. One player who has boom-or-bust potential is French guard Killian Hayes.

His agent Yann Balizoukou was on a recent podcast, and opened up about the draft process for his client (h/t NBC Bay Area):

“He hasn’t done Minnesota’s interview but he will. Same thing for Golden State,” Balizoukou said. “He won’t do Cleveland, for sure. It’s no secret they are not interested in a guard, so I spoke with them and the chances they draft a guard are really slim. Killian should interview with Minnesota and Golden State, though.”

Hayes’ best attribute is his passing. He averaged 11.6 points and 5.3 assists per game in Germany this past season. The 18-year-old is an extremely gifted playmaker, who can beat defenders off the dribble with his versatile moves.

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor compares Hayes to a few different NBA players, including: James Harden, Manu Ginobili and former Warrior D’Angelo Russell, which is pretty high praise. Defensively, Hayes projects to be about average. According to The Stepien, he needs to work on his lateral quickness and stance, but he shouldn’t be a liability in switching situations.

Fit may be an issue with Golden State. Hayes needs the ball in hands to be a difference maker on the offensive end, which won’t happen much with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson on the floor. Hayes only shot 29% from deep last season, but scouts project him to be able to improve on that as his career progresses.

The Warriors will most certainly pass on Hayes if they get the first pick, but if they fall down to No. 5, he could definitely be on their radar.

What do you think of Hayes’ fit with the Dubs?


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