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What Warriors can learn from Mark Cuban's Luka Doncic NBA draft advice

What Warriors can learn from Mark Cuban's Luka Doncic NBA draft advice

The Warriors (12-43) have the worst record in the NBA, and most likely will end up with a top-five pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. It's possible they land the No. 1 overall selection.

At this point, nobody has any clue what Golden State is going to do. Will the Dubs trade the pick? Will they go with "best player available" or draft for positional need? 

The picture won't become clearer until at least May 19 when the NBA Draft Lottery is held, and we know exactly where the Warriors will be picking.

Certain mock drafts have Golden State taking big man James Wiseman because of the franchise's need to add a center. It sounds like Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban believes that would be a mistake.

NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh had Cuban as a guest on the latest episode of "The Habershow" podcast, and Cuban provided the following answer when asked why Luka Doncic fell to No. 3 overall in the 2018 NBA Draft:

"Every team has to make their own choice. Also, context matters. Why was Sam Bowie drafted No. 1? Because Portland had Clyde Drexler. Luka will be the last year where there was a bias towards bigs.

"Historically, if there was a Shaquille O'Neal, a transcendental big, you always have to take him. But I think what we've learned watching the all-time greats -- in the conversation of Jordan, LeBron, Kobe -- they all had the ability to bring the ball up and are not dependent on somebody else to get them the ball.

"And in a wide open game the way it is now, that's even more important. Luka prototypes are going to be the 1s going forward. And the bigs are gonna be the running backs of the NFL."

Unfortunately for the Warriors, nobody thinks there is a "Luka prototype" in this year's crop of players. Most evaluators agree that the talent pool is weaker compared to prior years.

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But Cuban definitely is correct in that wings and guards have greater value in today's NBA. Big men, while still important, are considered more interchangeable. Yet still, his perspective doesn't automatically translate to every draft, as context matters.

No matter what the Warriors end up doing in the upcoming draft, we probably aren't going to know for a year or two (or even longer) whether it was the "right" move or not.

Fans simply have to trust the front office's decision-making and vision.

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Warriors' Eric Paschall pinpoints most amazing thing about Luka Doncic

Warriors' Eric Paschall pinpoints most amazing thing about Luka Doncic

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic already is one of the best players in the NBA.

The No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft is averaging 28.9 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game.

"Honestly, the thing that gets me the most is he's only 20 years old," Warriors rookie Eric Paschall told reporters Friday in Chicago. "Like, that's ridiculous.

"This is my first year -- it's his second -- and I'm older than him."

Doncic will turn 21 on Feb. 28, while Paschall turned 23 on Nov. 4.

The two will face off Friday night in the Rising Stars Game at NBA All-Star Weekend.

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"Very good player, very smart player," Paschall said of Doncic. "Knows how to control the game and plays at his own pace. It's very impressive to do that. He's been playing pro since he was like 15. It's wild.

"Very, very, very good player."

Very, very, very ,very, very true.

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Watch Luke Walton hilariously ask Luka Doncic to give ref an autograph

Watch Luke Walton hilariously ask Luka Doncic to give ref an autograph

The Kings headed into the NBA All-Star break with a whimper rather than a bang in a 130-111 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night. 

Sacramento dropped to 21-33 with the defeat, and frustration appeared to set in for coach Luke Walton in the second half. Kings guard De'Aaron Fox didn't draw a foul on his driving layup with 10.6 seconds remaining in the third quarter and let's just say Walton vehemently disagreed with the no-call. 

Walton wasn't happy with the calls Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic was getting, and he told the potential MVP candidate as much. 

"Hey, Luka!" Walton yelled to Doncic. "Do me a favor: Give [referee Ed Malloy] your autograph after the game! He's a fan! He's a fan of yours." 

Doncic does have plenty of fans, considering the Slovenian guard's jersey was the NBA's sixth-best seller from October through December. Malloy surely wasn't one of the buyers, but the free-throw disparity between Fox and Doncic -- 12-9 in favor of Doncic -- in a blowout loss probably was the driving force behind Walton's hilarious chirp.

[RELATED: Kings head into All-Star break in need of complete reset] 

Walton, at least, can bond with Minnesota Timberwolves radio play-by-play announcer Alan Horton over going viral after a Malloy no-call. Horton infamously screamed "NO, ED MALLOY!" on a broadcast when Shawn Marion wasn't called for a foul on then-Timberwolves big man Kevin Love's game-winning shot attempt.

The Kings were down 23 points at the time of Malloy's no-call Wednesday, but Marion, strangely enough, played for the Mavericks at the time of Horton's infamous call. Viral misery loves company, so Horton and Walton should have plenty to talk about on April 9 when the Kings next play the Timberwolves.