Golden State Warriors Draft Report

Breaking down the draft picks and roster outlook of the Golden State Warriors heading into the NBA draft

2017-18 W/L: 58-24 2018-19 W/L: 57-25

Finished 2nd in the western conference (Lost 4-2 to Toronto in the NBA finals)

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Team Needs: SG, SF, C

Free Agents: Klay Thompson, Demarcus Cousins, Andrew Bogut, Jonas Jerebko, Kevon Looney, Quinn Cook, Jordan Bell

Under Contract: Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Jacob Evans, Damian Jones, Alfonzo Mckinnie

Player Option: Kevin Durant

Pick 1: 1st Round-28th Overall

Players who could be available and fit well with this pick:

PG: Carsen Edwards, Ty Jerome

SG/SF: KZ Okpala, Dylan Windler, Matisse Thybulle, Louis King, Cameron Johnson

PF/C: Naz Reid, Daniel Gafford, Mfiondu Kabengele, Nicolas Claxton, Goga Bitadze

Pick 2: 2nd Round-58th Overall

Players who could be available and fit well with this pick:

PG: Justin Wright-Foreman, Shamorie Ponds, Jaylen Hands, Jared Harper, Chris Clemons

SG/SF: Quinndary Weatherspoon, Oshae Brissett, Fletcher Magee, Cody Martin, Brian Bowen, Daquan Jeffries, Aubrey Dawkins, Amir Coffey

PF/C: Bennie Boatwright, Robert Franks, Moses Brown, Eric Paschall, Tacko Fall, Dewan Hernandez, Jontay Porter

The Warriors had their hopes of a three peat crushed when Kevin Durant went down with an injury in the western conference semifinals. After he sustained the injury it still looked at those the Warriors were going to be able to pull off winning another championship after sweeping the Trail Blazers in the western conference finals. Injuries continued to plague the team with Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney and others missing time during the NBA finals before they ultimately lost to the Raptors in 6 games. To make matters worse, Durant did return for a short time during the finals only to get re-injured and this time it turned out to be a much more serious Achilles tear. Durant is expected to hit the free agent market, and Klay Thompson will be as well but after Thompson tore his ACL during game 6 of the NBA finals both players will be expected to miss most of, if not all of next season. The Warriors are expected to offer max deals to both Thompson and Durant, although many are projecting they will be headed to another team. Demarcus Cousins was unable to stay healthy himself during the year, and he could re-sign with Golden State but it is just as likely that he will suiting up in another city next year. Draymond Green continues to be a strong part of the team, but players like Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala are leading to rumors of retirement. This is the first off season in a while for the team that they face such uncertainty on the roster, but their management has done well up to this point and there is no reason to think they will not be competitive for the foreseeable future. 

Golden State has two picks in the draft, one in the first and one in the second round. Their first pick is at #28 giving them a chance to take a potential steal as many late first round picks develop into impact NBA players. Carsen Edwards and Ty Jerome could potentially provide depth at the point guard position with Jerome playing some shooting guard as well, but both could be off of the board at this point as well. Dylan Windler and Cameron Johnson would fit in perfectly with the system that Golden State runs offensively, and if either of these players are available at #28 they will be in consideration. Matisse Thybulle with his defensive abilities could be taken here, and Louis King or KZ Okpala would pair well on the wing with Curry and Thompson, providing he returns. If they want to select a big man, Naz Reid plays a similar style to Demarcus Cousins while Nicolas Claxton could fit in well at center for the team. Mfiondu Kabengele and Goga Bitadze with their ability to stretch the floor would be nice fits for the offense, but both of these players have some projections putting them off the board at #28. 

Their second round pick gives them a chance to take a shot on a flyer pick, with names like Jaylen Hands, Cody Martin, Amir Coffey, and Aubrey Dawkins all with high upsides projected to be late second round picks or to go undrafted. We threw in Fletcher Magee and Chris Clemons simply because they would fit in well with the Golden State system but they are both considered to likely go undrafted and be picked up by a team before the summer league. Moses Brown and Tacko Fall could be options in the second round, and Jontay Porter is a player that could become a useful piece of a team once he is back to being fully healthy. If we were drafting for Golden State we would take a scoring minded wing with the first pick like Dylan Windler, Cameron Johnson, Louis King, or KZ Okapala. For their second pick we would draft a big man that can stretch the floor such as Bennie Boatwright or Dewan Hernandez, but they could take an athletic big like Moses Brown focused on the interior. 

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