Golden State Warriors: Ranking top 5 guards in NBA Draft

CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 09: LaMelo Ball of the Hawks drives to the basket during the round six NBL match between the Cairns Taipans and the Illawarra Hawks at the Cairns Convention Centre on November 09, 2019 in Cairns, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)
CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 09: LaMelo Ball of the Hawks drives to the basket during the round six NBL match between the Cairns Taipans and the Illawarra Hawks at the Cairns Convention Centre on November 09, 2019 in Cairns, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images) /
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2. Killian Hayes

It’s odd that a player who has drawn comparisons to James Harden isn’t projected to be a top-three pick. Nonetheless, Killian Hayes is an electric prospect for the Golden State Warriors to consider.

Pros

Why did Hayes get compared to the NBA’s leading scorer? Well, his wide array of moves on offense has made him a player who could score at all three levels if he reaches his full potential. Hayes can shoot off the dribble, convert around the rim and dish out sweet assists with either hand.

A 6’5″ guard with long arms and average athleticism, Hayes projects to be a reliable defender. He has the physical tools needed to have a positive impact here but he does need to continue to improve as all young prospects should.

Cons

The biggest con to Hayes it that he is unproven. Hayes has an upside – but he hasn’t reached it yet. He averaged 12.8 points and 6.2 assists last season but committed 3.3 turnovers per game and shot just 19 percent from the 3-point line the year prior.

Hayes has the full package but he needs to put it together before being a star. This is a risk the Warriors would have to take if they selecting him this year.