Three years ago, the Golden State Warriors held the No. 28 pick in the NBA Draft. To the surprise of many, the Warriors elected to take shooting guard Jordan Poole out of the University of Michigan.
At the time, many Warriors fans felt like this was a questionable pick. However, in just a few years, Poole has blossomed into one of the league’s brightest young stars and helped the Warriors capture yet another championship.
Andrew Nembhard is the perfect choice for the Warriors at No. 28 because of his playmaking, ability to play with pace, and proven winning background.
Not only have they had recent draft success with Poole, the selections of James Wiseman in 2020 and Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody in 2021 give promise that the Dubs’ run is anything but over.
The Warriors will again have the No. 28 pick in this year’s upcoming draft. If he is still on the board, the Warriors should select Andrew Nembhard with no hesitation.
Like Poole, Nembhard was a projected second-round to undrafted pick early on in the process but has since shot up draft boards because of his play at the NBA Draft Combine.
Given his play style, Andrew Nembhard would fit seamlessly into the Warriors system.
He has shown that he can be effective playing in an uptempo, high-powered offense and is most comfortable making plays out of pick-and-rolls, dribble hand-offs, and in transition. The 22-year-old is an unselfish, high-IQ lead guard who is a brilliant passer and improved shooter.
Nembhard began his career at the University of Florida but spent his last two years of college basketball running the show of a pro-like offense at Gonzaga. In his senior year, he averaged 11.8 points and 5.8 assists per game, while shooting 38% from three and 87% from the free-throw line.
The Warriors have been in dire need of a backup point guard predating the Brad Wanamaker days. Now age 34, it would be great if the Warriors did not have to rely on Stephen Curry to play heavy minutes.
They could use someone who could take the playmaking load off of Curry and Draymond Green as well.
Nembhard’s level of poise and maturity is exactly what you would want from a rookie hoping to collect minutes on a contending team. He is a guy who could come in and run the second unit right away and provide instant impact.
Wiseman will be back from injury and Kuminga and Moody should enter the rotation next season as well. Adding Nembhard to the already existing young core only adds to this group’s youth and versatility.
While it is likely that Andrew Nembhard may never be a star in this league, he projects to be a solid guard off the bench and impactful rotational piece at the very least (he’s on record comparing himself to Tyus Jones).
The Warriors have essentially built their entire dynasty through the draft and selecting a player like Nembhard could very well continue their run of impressive draft picks.