The Golden State Warriors future will partially rely on the 2020 NBA Draft, one they’ll likely have a top-three pick in after finishing as the West’s worst team.
While most involved wish things were different, the Golden State Warriors will have the top odds in the 2020 NBA Draft, making it one of the most important picks in team history.
While the top-tier talent isn’t there like it was a year ago, the high-ceiling, low-floor prospects are certainly still there in abundance. The Warriors will also consider trading the pick which could and potentially should be their move.
The draft was initially going to be held on June 25 with the free agency period just a week later.
Now, with the league looking to resume on July 31, the NBA’s 2020 draft has been moved back to October 15 according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The NBA Draft Lottery, a huge event in which the Warriors will finally be given their final draft position, will be August 25.
There are other important dates like the pushing back of the expiration date of the Andre Iguodala-created trade exception that fans should be aware of, but the draft will be the most franchise-changing of them all.
If granted the No. 1 overall pick, it wouldn’t shock anyone to see them trade back. Some team will value Ball or Edwards as their next superstar while the Warriors could use a Tyrese Maxey-type player and then a future first-round pick as well.
The Warriors are only in this position because A) they put a top-20 protection on the pick before trading it this past offseason and B) they saw injuries to their best two players, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.
For the long-term future of the organization, this gap year is arguably the best thing that could’ve happened. They’ll return as one of the most stacked organizations asset-wise in the league this coming season.