The Golden State Warriors have the second overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. It feels very reminiscent of 1997, when a clearly strong team in the San Antonio Spurs stumbled into a top-tier selection in the draft.
Unfortunately, there is no Tim Duncan available this season. There is no obvious, franchise-changing talent on the board that will immediately and certainly change someone’s fortunes.
As such, no matter who the Warriors take, it will be a bit of a gamble.
This week, Warriors star Stephen Curry revealed what he wanted to see the pick spent on.
“We just need talent,” he said.
“At the end of the day, that’s what you’re always trying to get. I think we could use some size, but for the most part it’s just trying to fill out the roster and get us as much depth as possible,” he told Scott Polacek of Bleacher Report.
“I like the position that we’re in with the assets that we got and the guys coming back off of injury. I think we’ll get it right, our front office has gotten it right over and over, and I expect nothing different coming back from this tough year we had.”
If size is what Golden State is looking for, then James Wiseman, Onyeka Okongwu or Obi Toppin would seem to be the logical picks. However, there has obviously been a lot of buzz surrounding LaMelo Ball.
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This past week, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr appeared on the “Jemele Hill is Unbothered” podcast and offered a similar sentiment to Curry’s.
“We know how important this pick is,” he said.
“The most important thing that’s come from it is — as we sit here outside the bubble watching the games and knowing we have the second pick — it’s allowed all of us in the organization to watch every playoff game and realize how the league is changing, who the most talented players are, what the most effective strategies are.
“And then you look at the crop of players available and you go, ‘OK, who is gonna fit in to all of that?’ And we haven’t really had a chance to examine that in depth for the last five years, thankfully because, we’ve been in the (NBA) Finals.
“This is the first time we’ve had to really examine our own team and the league. It’s been a really, really healthy process for us.”
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So who does Kerr envision the franchise taking?
“Well, we learned a lot from our own journey over the last five years. You got a guy like Steph Curry — who has other-worldly skill — and if there’s somebody like that out there, you gotta consider him no matter what.
“If there’s nobody with that kind of skill, then you really gotta look at the playoffs and think, ‘What’s winning? What’s winning at the highest level?’ And these days it’s not really any secret — versatility, switchability, guys who can guard multiple positions and stand up to the physicality.
“Those are all the important things. So those are the characteristics and qualities we’re looking for.”
Regardless of who Golden State selects, the team will inevitably be much better next season just by virtue of having a healthy Curry and Klay Thompson in the backcourt. From there, any additional rookie support they may have would just serve as a cherry on top.