The NBA Draft Lottery has been moved from August 25 to August 20. Within a month, the Warriors will know where they’ll be drafting.
The Warriors are guaranteed a top-five pick.
They have about a 40% shot at a top-three pick and a 14% shot at the top overall pick. Obviously, the latter of the three would be the most ideal but that wasn’t that happened a year ago so it’s certainly possible that it won’t be a reality.
As for the actual date of the lottery, it was moved from August 25 to August 20. The draft remains about two months later on October 16 according to Athletic/Stadium reporter Shams Charnia.
The eight teams that have already been eliminated from playoff contention will know their odds given that it’ll be where they ranked at the time of the March 11 suspension. The Warriors, at that point, were the league’s worst team and the only franchise officially out of playoff contention.
However, there are still six teams in the Orlando restart that will need to play their way out of the bubble in order to know where they’ll land on August 20. Those six will round out the 14 that’ll be represented in the NBA Draft Lottery.
As for Golden State, who they’ll actually take or if they’ll actually use the pick, after noting that they’d consider dealing it, is up in the air. There are several stars that could help fill out the team’s rotation.
Tyrese Haliburton and James Wiseman are just a few players in which Golden State has expressed interest in. There are also solid reasons for this team to consider trading back into the draft and avoiding the top five completely.
The next few months for Golden State will be arguably the most important for the next half a decade of Warrior basketball. It’ll be telling if they opt to put all their chips in for top-tier players now or if they view one of these potential studs as a franchise cornerstone.
We’ll know in a few months, but where they’ll pick will certainly be a huge deal as well.