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Sport Warriors 2021 NBA Mock Draft: Here's what Golden State could do with two lottery picks and trade assets

07:49  29 july  2021
07:49  29 july  2021 Source:   cbssports.com

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After a couple of down years, relatively speaking, the Golden State Warriors are right back in the center of NBA title discussions due to the potential return of Klay Thompson following outstanding seasons from Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. Adding to the Warriors' mystique is the fact that they own two lottery picks in Thursday's draft (Nos. 7 and 14) -- a rare position for a team expecting to immediately compete for a championship.

Stephen Curry holding a basketball: Apr 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; NBA referee Brent Barnaky (36) makes a call in the second quarter of a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Charlotte Hornets at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. © Provided by CBS Sports

Apr 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; NBA referee Brent Barnaky (36) makes a call in the second quarter of a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Charlotte Hornets at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

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Unsurprisingly, Golden State is reportedly shopping both picks -- and possibly last year's No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman -- in search of a superstar to push the roster over the top. Another scenario is the Warriors trading down in the draft and adding a win-now rotation veteran in the process. The machinations are seemingly endless, which is why I ranked them as the NBA's most intriguing team heading into the draft.

Let's quickly sort through the Warriors' options heading into draft night, as their decisions could drastically alter the landscape of the league.

The picks

  • No. 7 overall (from Minnesota)
  • No. 14 overall

Team needs and potential fits

Via my piece breaking down all NBA team's needs:

It's no secret that the Warriors are shopping their two lottery picks, but if a deal isn't reached they'll have plenty of options for win-now help, as is their stated goal. With Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins, the Warriors won't need their picks to carry a heavy offensive load -- the priority will be shooting, defense and basketball IQ. The offense fell off a cliff with Curry on the bench last season, so they could also benefit from a versatile playmaker in the second unit.

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  • Potential wing fits: Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody, Josh Giddey, Franz Wagner, Chris Duarte
  • Potential guard fits: James Bouknight, Davion Mitchell, Jared Butler

Mock Draft

I released my final mock draft on Tuesday, and here's how I see the Warriors' picks playing out, barring a significant development:

No. 7 -- SF Jonathan Kuminga, G League Ignite: Golden State is getting pressure from its star players to draft win-now talent, but that all changes if Kuminga is on the board. Now you're looking at a potentially elite prospect who needs a lot of development, but who could also help push your offer over the top in a potential trade for a superstar down the road. It might not make Warriors fans happy, but you can see the logic of taking the best upside prospect at No. 7, which is probably Kuminga, and then taking a player at No. 14 who is more ready to contribute right away.

No. 14 -- SG Chris Duarte, Oregon: An absolute pure shooter, Duarte had a second workout with the Warriors, which means they're at least considering him. Golden State won't be scared away by his age (24) since it's trying to win a title, and he's actually reminiscent of Klay Thompson in the way he can shoot and with his defensive potential, so there's no better place to learn from the master. With the Warriors taking an upside prospect in Kuminga at No. 7, it a makes sense to secure a win-now player like Duarte with the last pick in the lottery.

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One Trade Idea

Via CBS Sports' Kyle Boone, in a piece of five draft trades that we'd love to see:

  • Warriors would get: Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans
  • Wizards would get: Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman, 2021 No. 7 overall pick, 2021 No. 14 overall pick, 2022 second-round pick

Wizards star Bradley Beal is reportedly at the top of the Warriors' offseason wish list, according to The Athletic's Marcus Thompson. And it seems to be more than just a general wish, as Thompson adds that Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have made it clear to management that "they want the franchise to focus on the pursuit of a championship, even to consider using their two lottery picks to get someone who can help immediately." Beal is precisely that.

The Warriors have two lottery picks in this year's draft as well as last year's No. 2 overall pick, James Wiseman, as intriguing trade bait to sweeten a package to get it done. They'd likely need to take a player back to make the money work -- in this instance I used Davis Bertans and sent out Andrew Wiggins -- but there are several trade structures that could make both parties satisfied for their respective hauls around this framework.

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