One morning last week, the Golden State Warriors held their championship parade. Their coaches and executives were back in the office by that afternoon. They had an NBA draft workout to attend. The squeeze between their latest title and the draft on Thursday night left them almost no time to celebrate. The Warriors were scouting prospects and plotting draft strategies while they were still in the playoffs, and it became their exclusive focus as soon as the NBA Finals were over. “Right away,” Warriors president of basketball... … [Read more...] about Why the Warriors Want to Win the NBA Draft, Too
For the first time since selecting Harrison Barnes in 2012, the Golden State Warriors own one of the first 29 picks in the NBA Draft. One might imagine that the Warriors’ pick — No. 28 overall — is more or less irrelevant. They’ve won three titles in four years with arguably the greatest collection of talent at the top of the roster in the history of basketball. That’s not the case, but there’s no need to waste words convincing you otherwise, because the Warriors have said it aloud. After a strange roller-coaster of a championship season, the franchise has a stated desire to draft a player that can contribute right away, ideally a wing who can provide enough defense to play in the postseason. Let’s take a look at some of the most intriguing options: Donte DiVincenzo You may recognize the redheaded scoring machine from the NCAA championship game. DiVincenzo’s tourney heroics could send him up the board and out of the Warriors’ reach, … [Read more...] about Golden State Warriors NBA Draft Preview: Who do the Warriors pick at No. 28?
By Dieter Kurtenbach | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group June 20, 2018 at 5:00 am OAKLAND — There aren’t many people who hold the Warriors’ organization in higher regard than me. But heading into the 2018 NBA Draft, I can only think about one thing: how lucky this franchise is. That statement doesn’t diminish the Warriors’ success and the front office and overall organization’s role in making that success happen, but what else would you call a team that has won this much over the last four years and yet has run into incredible fortune again heading into Thursday’s 2018 NBA Draft? Perhaps fortune really does favor the bold. Let me explain: For the first time in the Steve Kerr era, the Warriors need to draft a player that can contribute right away, preferably at the wing position. The need is there because the Warriors need cheap players to fill out a roster that is already over the salary cap with eight players (not … [Read more...] about Kurtenbach: Six players the Warriors could take in this all-important NBA Draft
Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) lets out a roar while playing the Cleveland Cavaliers during overtime of Game 1 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, May 31, 2018. Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 124-114 in overtime. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) Draymond Green talks with Warrior staff members at the Rakuten Performance Center during a pre-draft presser in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green, right, calls a play from the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green signs a basketball to a fan who threw the ball at the double decker during the Warriors championship parade in downtown Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. … [Read more...] about Is Draymond Green running the Warriors’ draft room?
By Connor Letourneau Updated 7:08 pm, Monday, June 18, 2018 How confident are the Warriors in their scouting department? They firmly believe that they will draft a player with the No. 28 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft — a spot often used on prospects who spend most of their careers overseas — who can contribute immediately. With its highest pick since it took Harrison Barnes seventh overall in 2012, Golden State will probably take a rotation-ready wing. Now, with three days until the draft, The Chronicle is looking at whom the top online mock drafts project the Warriors to select at No. 28: ESPN Insider, Kevin Pelton 28. Gary Trent, Jr., SG, Duke As a prospect, Trent is somewhat one-dimensional. Fortunately, that dimension (shooting) is in high demand in the NBA right now. Trent shot 40 percent from 3-point range during his lone season at Duke, and his 88 percent free throw shooting suggests that's no fluke. If Trent can develop the strength to … [Read more...] about How mock drafts predict the Warriors will use No. 28 pick in NBA draft