The Golden State Warriors aren’t sure if they will use their 2020 NBA Draft pick. If they do, the franchise should target a point guard.
In just a few months, the NBA will officially move forward and look ahead to next season with the 2020 NBA Draft, set to take place in mid-October. This leaves the Golden State Warriors with ample time to analyze the prospect pool and find their ideal target.
While plenty of players can make their case for the franchise, the Dubs would be best off targeting a point guard. Aside from the draft being guard-heavy, it makes the most sense for the Warriors to use this pick on backup for Stephen Curry.
The Warriors have expressed interest in managing Curry’s minutes next season. This means they need someone more reliable than Ky Bowman to fill in for the two-time MVP. While a rookie isn’t exactly an upgrade in terms of experience, it does give the franchise a potential cornerstone for the future.
If the Dubs draft a top prospect like Killian Hayes or LaMelo Ball with their pick, this would allow them to focus on building for the next decade while also being competitive in the present day. Hayes and Ball both have star potential and would benefit from learning under Curry.
This is a better option than attempting to use their mid-level exception to sign a player such as Ricky Rubio or Michael Carter-Williams. The Dubs should use this asset to sign a veteran wing defender, something that is more pertinent to their success next season.
Of course, the Warriors could always end up trading down in the draft. This leaves them with prospects such as Tyrese Haliburton and Cole Anthony that could both blossom into quality role players down the line.
While trading their pick altogether still might be a great decision, the Warriors could certainly use this opportunity to draft an heir to Curry’s throne.