The 2022 NBA Draft could be a fruitful one for the Golden State Warriors, who currently have three selections. Two in the second round and one in the first.
At first glance, a late first round pick and two second round picks do not seem too valuable. Certainly not for a team that is on the hunt for a championship ASAP.
Yet, there are a few reasons why this mini stockpile of draft picks is noteworthy for Golden State. Not only do the Dubs have a good track record of finding hidden talent late in the draft — but it also expands their options on the trade market or gives them the ability to cut costs moving forward.
The Golden State Warriors will have a number of options when it comes to the 2022 NBA Draft as they have a mini-stockpile of three selections.
Golden State has made three selections in the lottery since 2020 — James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody. While building a team for the future is enticing, the ability to package one of these players with a flurry of draft picks and an expiring contract in Andrew Wiggins is an interesting option, as well.
The Dubs could swing bigger than ever on the trade market with the ability to outbid almost any team with their package of young assets.
However, Golden State could also hold onto the picks themselves. After all, they have a solid track record as of late. Not only did they find Jordan Poole late in 2019 but Draymond Green and Kevon Looney were hidden gems, too.
What’s more, it would be cheaper for the Warriors to flesh out their young core through rookie minimum contracts than attempt to bring back numerous veteran free agents like Nemanja Bjelica, Andre Iguodala and Otto Porter.
As always, the pressing question is the same. Is it better to hold onto young assets in an effort to build for the future or should the Warriors go all-in for a championship before the big three retires?