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Golden State Warriors NBA Mock Draft Roundup


Leading up to the 2020 NBA Draft, we will update our Golden State Warriors Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Golden State Warriors from several prominent sites and draft analysts.



The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Warriors:

NBA Draft Room, Updated: 6/17
1. James Wiseman, Memphis

The rich get richer. Wiseman would give the Warriors a whole new dimension and let the team that started the small-ball movement stay one-step ahead of the league, bringing in a rim protector and elite rim-runner to compliment their great passing and shooting.

The Rookie Wire, Updated: 6/16
4. Devin Vassell, Florida State

According to Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle, Golden State would consider selecting Devin Vassell at the "bottom of the top five" because of his stellar 3-and-D potential. Vassell has been described as one of the draft's safest options because he projects as a trustworthy rotation piece, much like Brandon Clarke did last season. Florida State had a top-15 defense in 2019 and an exceptional offensive rating when he was on the floor. Vassell almost never turned the ball over, he shot 41.5% from 3 and his offensive rating was third-best among high-major underclassmen.

College Basketball Talk, Updated: 6/15
1. James Wiseman, Memphis

Wiseman has all the physical tools that you want out of a five in the modern NBA. He's 7-foot-1 with a 7-foot-6 wingspan, an exceptional athlete that can really get up and down the floor and finish above the rim. He has all the tools to be a rim protector that can guard in ball-screens and switch on the perimeter if needed. He's not Dirk Nowitzki but he's not Clint Capela, either -- he's shown some flashes of being capable on the perimeter.

The red flags with Wiseman are two-fold. For starters, his competitiveness has been questioned throughout his career. He hasn't always controlled games the way someone his size should be able to. He isn't as tough or as physical as some would like, and he seems to have a habit of trying to prove that he can play away from the basket instead of overpowering anyone that gets between him and the rim. None of these concerns were helped by his decision to quit on his Memphis team in December, halfway through a suspension for break (admittedly silly) NCAA rules.

My gut feeling on Wiseman is that if he decided he wanted to be, say, the next Myles Turner, he could end up one of the eight-to-ten best centers in the NBA. If he decides that he wants to be the next Giannis, I don't think it will go as well.

CBS Sports - Parrish, Updated: 6/15
1. LaMelo Ball, USA

The first pick in any NBA Draft should be the player the franchise selecting believes has the best chance to be a future All-Star. And, in this draft, I think, Ball is that player. The 6-foot-6 point guard, who is still only 18 years-old, has broken out of his family's shadow and developed into an incredible playmaker and passer who faired well playing professionally in Australia this past season. The shooting percentages weren't great. And the mechanics need some work. But when you focus on what he can do, and how rare it is for somebody his age to do the things he can already do, Ball becomes the most sensible option to go No. 1.

Cleveland.com - Goul, Updated: 6/15
1. James Wiseman, Memphis

Wiseman can be the right fit for the Warriors, who should have healthy guards back in Steph Curry and Klay Thompson with an added wing in Andrew Wiggins. Neither Anthony Edwards not LaMelo Ball will garner as many minutes in this lineup, which also could benefit Wiseman more than any other team. He will not be pressured to score and can instead play to his strengths that will translate much quicker in the NBA with his defensive skills and rebounding.

CBS Sports - Boone, Updated: 6/11
1. Anthony Edwards, Georgia

The Warriors would consider every option if they landed the No. 1 pick -- including potentially trading out of the spot -- but the San Francisco Chronicle reported this week that Anthony Edwards would be the preferred pick. Edwards is an explosive athlete with a big frame and brimming with defensive potential who could give Golden State a boost of depth and shot-making on the wing.

SI.com - Woo, Updated: 6/3
2. James Wiseman, Memphis

Bob Myers recently acknowledged the possibility Golden State could trade this pick, which became a relatively obvious scenario in the fall as the Warriors' season fell off the rails. The long-term financial weight of rostering a top pick and dearth of surefire elite talent makes the value proposition here tricky for a team that can contend immediately with its stars healthy. Does that mean the Warriors move out of the draft entirely? Not necessarily. But feasibly, if there's a way for them to move back a few spots and add a prospect who could slide into their rotation (Obi Toppin is an interesting one here), that's probably something to consider. But if they keep the pick and Edwards is off the board, Wiseman becomes a viable option here, given he plays a position of dire need and at least has the elite physical profile to fit in and help in some capacity right away. This would be sort of an adventure, but any rookie trying to break into an established team like Golden State makes for an interesting sideshow. Still, if I'm the Warriors, I'm trying to move this pick, with the dream being a deal that attaches assets to Andrew Wiggins' albatross contract and brings back one or two starting-caliber players that complement Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Yahoo Sports - Peek, Updated: 5/21
1. Anthony Edwards, Georgia

Edwards led the SEC in scoring and has all the tools to be an elite NBA 2-guard. Do the Warriors need Edwards? No. But when some of his NBA comparisons are Dwyane Wade, Donovan Mitchell and Victor Oladipo, it's hard to pass him up as the No. 1 pick in this draft. Back in 2003, the Detroit Pistons had the No. 2 draft pick and passed on players like Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to draft center Darko Milicic and we all know how that worked out for Detroit. If the Warriors do end up with the No. 1 pick, the more likely scenario is they trade it. Edwards' most underrated trait is his passing in the open court and his shot release is so high it's difficult to defend. He's quick off the dribble and with his size and strength, Edwards could have a long career in the NBA.


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