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Who the Warriors Should Select in the NBA Draft

The Golden State Warriors have been the most dominant, popular, and exciting team for the past five seasons in the NBA. Their innovative playstyle and once-in-a-generation roster absolutely took the league by storm.

The 2019-2020 season hasn’t gone as well though. They are dead last in the league’s standings, weren’t invited to Orlando, and the two-time MVP Steph Curry was injured for the vast majority of the year. It’s safe to say that the Warriors have had better years. 

But things could very easily turn around next year. Assuming all goes as planned, Curry should be back for the full season, Klay Thompson should be returning from a torn ACL, and the former DPOY Draymond Green should be back and ready to go.

That big 3 was one of the main factors in the 2015-2020 Warriors dynasty. However, there is one more thing that comes into effect next season, and that would be a top draft pick. 

Golden State managed to obtain Draymond and the Splash Brothers from the draft, and they could very well pick up the replacement for Kevin Durant (in the sense of a fourth star, not exactly a Kevin Durant sort of player) in the 2020 Draft.

The Warriors will be tied with the Cavaliers and Timberwolves when it comes to the odds at the first pick. For the sake of this analysis, we’re going to just pretend the Warriors either got the first pick, or the player in question has fallen to them. We’re going to look at the top players in the upcoming draft class and see who would be the best option for Golden State. 

With all of that out of the way, let’s start. Again, these are, in my opinion, the four best prospects in the draft. Some more popular than others, some more experience than others, and most with different paths than others. All of which though, I believe, will make waves in the NBA. 

Lamelo Ball – NBL – Guard 

Lamelo Ball could be the riskiest pick in the draft. He has lots of upside, but at the same time, he has some flaws. He has some questionable shot selections from time to time and sometimes seems to force plays. However, he has lots of upside. He is still growing physically and his game is always expanding.

The youngest of the Ball family is the most gifted shooter of them all. His quick shot release is tough to get a hand on and you don’t know exactly where he’s going to shoot it from. Although he enjoys the jump shot, his floater is also incredible.

He uses it to finish over any defender and makes it so you have to worry about him close to the basket, as well as far from it. He can sometimes lack efficiency and defensive effort, but I’m sure that can be fixed in the pros. 

However, I don’t think he’ll fit well on Golden State. His skill set is used to the fullest when he is bringing up the ball and the offense runs through him. With arguably the best point guard of this century at the helm of Golden State’s offense, I don’t think that Ball will be utilized to the fullest in their scheme.

Even if Klay was moved to SF or Lamelo played SG, I don’t think Lamelo would end up as the best fit for the Dubs. I am a firm believer that Lamelo will be a success somewhere in the league though, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up being the best in the family. 

Anthony Edwards – Georgia – Guard 

Anthony Edwards will end up as the best player in this draft. Like Lamelo, he’s an incredible shooter and finisher, but maybe better at both. He played amazing for the Bulldogs and showed in multiple moments that he has the clutch gene.

He takes highly efficient shots and picks up on the defensive side as well. With that being said, one day he could very well be the best player in the league, but he does play Guard. 

Now like I said, Klay could play SF, but the Warriors wouldn’t run as efficiently as they could. I also don’t believe he will be the best by a large margin, and it wouldn’t hurt the Warriors to go for a player that better fits their scheme. Edwards could very well be an incredible all-time caliber scorer, but I don’t think it would happen in the Bay Area. 

James Wiseman – Memphis – Center 

Wiseman is a slightly risky pick. He had a great freshman year at Memphis, but we haven’t seen him play since then. Granted, I’m a firm believer that he hasn’t regressed in any way since then, but we just don’t have any recent showings of his skill like we do with other prospects.

Other than that, he has the height and length to score and defend in the post, but lacks the strength of most NBA centers. That problem could be solved through an NBA strength and conditioning program, but it’s still something to look at. 

Other than that, I think he could be a great fit for the Warriors. They haven’t really had an outstanding talent at the five besides a very few amount of games from Demarcus Cousins.

But with the floor spacing that Steve Kerr’s system provides, there will be lots of one-on-one post-up opportunities for the Memphis prospect. With that being said, there is only one other player in the draft that I think could top him as a better fit for the dynasty of the 2010s. 

Obi Toppin – Dayton – Forward 

Obi Toppin is easily the safest prospect of the draft. He’s a sophomore at Dayton who took the Atlantic 10 by storm. He led them to the third spot in the nation while shooting 60% from the field and leading the nation in dunks.

He has a clean jumper and shot 39% from the three-point line and 70% from the free-throw line. His explosiveness and driving ability is second to none in this class. He’s a lob threat that spaces the floor for his teammates, which is all the more reason why he should play for the Warriors. 

The backcourt in Golden State is probably the best in the league, so the frontcourt should be the focus. Obi is the best PF in this draft class and has looked NBA ready ever since the beginning of this year, and I don’t think he’s slowing down. His dunking ability makes him so dangerous with an already polished post-game. 

So Who Goes to the Dubs? 

As great of a talent as Anthony Edwards is, I think that Golden State needs a Power Forward or Center. With that being said, Wiseman or Toppin is the right move. I personally think Obi will be an incredible talent that could have some incredible success in the league and would be the right selection.

This draft class is one where I think teams should pick based on what they need, as I believe that there is a lot of decent talent in the pool. Only time will tell who the best player in the 2020 class is, and time will tell if the Warriors made the right decision as their championship window seems to be closing soon. So you know that Golden State fans will be watching on draft night, and so will the world. 

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