Golden State Warriors: 2020 NBA Draft Preview

by November 12, 2020
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James Wiseman

The rich will get richer after the 2020 NBA Draft.

With Stephen Curry injured for the majority of the 2019-20 season, Klay Thompson missing the entire 2019-20 season and Kevin Durant leaving in free agency the offseason before, the Golden State Warriors watched as the losses piled up in ways that they hadn’t in years. By the end of the season, the Warriors had the worst record in the NBA even after trading for former first overall pick Andrew Wiggins.

Now, Golden State has the second overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft and the Splash Brothers are set to return to the court in 2020-21. The 2020 NBA Championship felt like a free-for-all without the Warriors in contention but the Dubs are in prime position to strike fear into the hearts of teams all around the league once again.

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2020 NBA Draft Picks

No. 2 overallNo. 48 overallNo. 51 overall

Warriors Draft Needs

Although the Warriors have one of the league’s most talented cores with Curry, Thompson, Wiggins and Draymond Green, they’ve shown that they’re not afraid to accumulate as much talent on the roster as possible. So, while many are concerned about how the player selected with the second overall will fit, taking the best player available may be the best available option.

That said, it’s fair to wonder what the best fit for Golden State’s quarter should be: a center, a forward or a guard.

If parallels were to be made between this current iteration of the Warriors and the Golden State’s rosters from the past five seasons, Wiggins would be their current version of Harrison Barnes or Kevin Durant. Therefore, what the Dubs are really missing is their glue piece — their Andre Iguodala.

With their late second round picks, not much will be expected in terms of production but they need depth at center. If Golden State can find a diamond in the rough, much like they did when they selected Green with the 35th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, all the better.

2020 NBA Draft Prospect Watchlist

No. 2 overallNo. 48 overallNo. 51 overall
F Deni Avdija, Maccabi Tel AvivF CJ Elleby, Washington St.SG Jay Scrubb, John A. Logan College
PG LaMelo Ball, IllawarraC Udoka Azubuike, KansasF Lamar Stevens, Penn St.
C James Wiseman, MemphisC Filip Petrusev, GonzagaC Omer Yurtseven, Georgetown
PG Killian Hayes, RatiopharmF Jordan Nwora, LouisvilleC Nick Richards, Kentucky
F Patrick Williams, Florida St.G-F Nate Hinton, HoustonF Yoeli Childs, BYU

What The Mocks Are Saying

The RingerJames Wiseman (No. 2)
The AthleticJames Wiseman (No. 2), Killian Tillie (No. 48), Grant Riller (No. 51)
USA TODAY SportsJames Wiseman (No. 2)
CBS SportsJames Wiseman (No. 2)
The ScoreJames Wiseman (No. 2)

Projected Roster

PGStephen Curry
PGKy Bowman
SGAndrew Wiggins
SGDamion Lee
SGJordan Poole
SGMychal Mulder
G-FKlay Thompson
SFJuan Toscana-Anderson
PFEric Paschall
PFAlen Smailagic
F-CDraymond Green
F-CMarquese Chriss
F-CKevon Looney

Team-by-Team NBA Draft Guides

AtlanticCentralSoutheast
BostonChicagoAtlanta
BrooklynClevelandCharlotte
New YorkDetroitMiami
PhiladelphiaIndianaOrlando
TorontoMilwaukeeWashington
NorthwestPacificSouthwest
DenverGolden StateDallas
MinnesotaLA ClippersMemphis
Oklahoma LA LakersNew Orleans
PortlandPhoenixHouston
UtahSacramentoSan Antonio

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