REVIEWING THE WARRIORS' DRAFT PICKS
Updated: Jan 20, 2021
The Golden State Warriors came into the 2020 NBA Draft with the 2nd overall pick and 48th overall pick. A lot of analysts thought the Warriors would trade their 2nd pick. The Warriors went 15-50 in the 2019/2020 season due to the shortened season. The Warriors were given the 2nd pick in the NBA Draft Lottery. Before the Warriors were projected to draft James Wiseman, the 7 foot tall center out of Memphis. Wiseman was a starting center and one and done at Peeny Hardaway's Memphis basketball program. He averaged a double double with over 19 points per game and over 10 rebounds per game. He had a 76.9 field goal percentage and a 70.4 free throw percentage. He also averaged 3 blocks per game. Memphis went 21-10 overall under Hardaway in the 2019/2020 season. Fellow freshmen Precious Achiuwa, Lester Quinones, and DJ Jeffries aided Wiseman and Memphis with Achiuwa, a forward, averaging over 15 points per game and over 10 rebounds per game while Jeffries, another forward, averaged over 10 points per game, and Quinones also averaged over 10 points. Wiseman was the Warriors' fan favorite.
The Timberwolves had the first overall pick and went for Anthony Edwards out of Geogia. The Warriors came up and some still thought they would trade because Klay Thompson had called in to the Warriors office and said that he was hurting in the lower leg. The Warriors had traded D'Angelo Russell to the Timberwolves for many things including the T-Wolves 1st Round pick in 2021 which seems like it will be in the top 10. Adam Silver came to the podium and announced that the pick was in. He announced that the Warriors had picked the center from Memphis James Wiseman. Warriors fans went crazy! Wiseman is going to fit in great with the Warriors.
The Warriors learned that Thompson's injury would put him out for the entire 2020/2021 season. The Warriors needed someone that could help the team as a guard/forward. They selected the young guard out of Arizona, Nico Mannion. He is from Siena, Italy. He average 14 points per game, over 2 rebounds per game, and over 5 assists. He will replace Ky Bowman who the Warriors waived earlier this week. He will also provide some aid due to Klay's injury. Mannion is 39.2 percent from the field and 32.7 percent from the 3 point line. He is 79.7% from the free throw line though. He will need some help with the shooting from Steve Kerr, but he should fit in well.
The Warriors did well, and after the draft traded a 2021 1st round draft pick to the Thunder for Kelly Oubre Jr., a young rising star forward. Oubre is expected to start for the Warriors in the upcoming season due to Thompson's injury. The draft pick will be sent if the Warriors finish 21-30 in the league. If not, the Thunder will recieve 2 2nd round picks. The Thunder traded for Oubre 2 days before trading him away to the Warriors. They traded Chris Paul and Abdel Nader to the Suns for Kelly Oubre, Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecqure, and the Suns 2022 1st round pick. The Warriors are getting a good player for nothing. It is a steal either way. The Warriors don't look like they will sign any free agents.