The 2020 NBA Draft is less than two months away, which means that the rumors surrounding the Golden State Warriors will only increase over the coming weeks.
General manager Bob Myers are co. have a ton of work ahead of them if they want to get the Dubs back to the NBA’s elite. The team has many different ways it can go with the No. 2 pick. If the Warriors keep it, they will have to decide which position they want to address with the selection.
James Ham of NBC Sports did a deep dive on how Auburn forward Isaac Okoro could be the ideal fit:
“Golden State will have options, but Okoro looks like Andre Iguodala 2.0 The Warriors could do much worse and they might even be able to slide down two or three selections and still have a shot ... A powerful athlete with a low center of gravity and a solid, but not spectacular wingspan, Okoro can step in and play immediately.”
With the championship core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in place, Myers may want to select a player who can contribute next season instead of taking a prospect who will take years to develop.
There are no sure-fire stars available this year, but draft experts project that teams can find legitimate NBA players through the first 15 picks. Okoro’s defensive skill set is similar to Iguodala’s because he is an excellent on-ball defender. Iggy’s presence on the championship squads was huge. No one expects Okoro to come in and have the same impact right away, but Golden State needs elite wing-defenders, something the 19-year-old should be at the pro level.
As Ham points out, Okoro’s shooting needs work. He only hit on 28.9% of his 3-point attempts, which isn’t ideal for a team that runs a system where spacing and ball-movement are paramount.
Here are some numbers from Okoro’s college career (via Ham):
Stats: 12.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, .9 steals, 54.1% FG, 28.6% 3-point
Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-6 Weight: 225 Wingspan: 6-foot-8.5
Looking at Iguodala’s stats over two seasons at the University of Arizona, you can see how far he came as a pro:
Stats: 9.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.5 steals, 42.4% FG, 27.4% 3-point.
Iguodala shot 34.2% from deep while with the Dubs. His shooting percentage from beyond-the-arc was in the mid-to-late 30s over his first seven seasons in the league with the Philadelphia 76ers before shooting a career-high 39.4% from the 3-point line in year eight.
Okoro is an intriguing option for the Warriors. Golden State needs to add a reliable perimeter defender, so if it can avoid trading for a player like Marcus Smart, who would be costly, Myers can focus on adding a bonafide center through a trade or free agency, while also looking at a player like Jae Crowder or Kris Dunn on a cheap deal this offseason.
The Dubs would lose value picking Okoro at their current slot, but trading down a few spots makes a ton of sense. Of course, that is dependent on if a team wants to move up to get their hands on a specific prospect.
What do you think of Okoro’s fit with the Warriors?
On to some links:
The 2018 playoff series between the Dubs and Houston Rockets was one of the best of the last decade. New Brooklyn Nets’ head coach Steve Nash says the fact that the Rockets came that close to beating the Warriors is a huge feat. (Yahoo Sports)
There should be plenty of veteran options available via trade during the offseason. Bleacher Report’s Dan Favale says a former All-Star would be an intriguing fit with Golden State.
The L.A. Clippers choked their in their second-round series against the Denver Nuggets. Fansdied’s Nathan Beighle says the Dubs can learn off of their Pacific Division rival’s mistake.