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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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Mavs' Mark Cuban says Willie Cauley-Stein trade a 'steal-and-a-half'

Mavs' Mark Cuban says Willie Cauley-Stein trade a 'steal-and-a-half'

Dallas Mavericks forward Dwight Powell tore his right Achilles tendon Jan. 21.

Three days later, the Mavs acquired Willie Cauley-Stein from the Warriors in exchange for a 2020 second-round draft pick.

That selection is expected to land in the mid 50s because it's the Utah Jazz's pick, and they currently boast the fifth-best record in the NBA.

According to Mavs owner Mark Cuban, it was a great deal for his franchise.

From the Warriors' perspective -- they didn't possess a 2020 second-round pick (coincidentally enough, the Mavs have it from the Andrew Bogut trade in July 2016) but now do.

They also were able to create a guaranteed open roster spot for next season because Cauley-Stein has a 2020-21 player option that he could have exercised.

In addition:

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Cauley-Stein made his Mavs debut Tuesday night -- recording four points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist in a little over 12 minutes off the bench.

In the end, the trade just might work out very well for both sides.

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Mark Cuban can't wait for Warriors-Rockets Game 1 Last Two-Minute Report

Mark Cuban can't wait for Warriors-Rockets Game 1 Last Two-Minute Report

From an officiating standpoint, Game 1 of the NBA playoff second-round series between the Warriors and Rockets was a mess.

Forty-five personal fouls were called. Countless times, fouls weren't called. It led to four technical fouls and a Chris Paul ejection from the Warriors' 104-100 win.

A lot of people, including Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, will be interested to see what the NBA says when the controversial Last Two-Minute Report comes out Monday.

In the final seconds of the game, Paul believed Draymond Green had fouled James Harden on a potential game-tying 3-point attempt. No foul was called, though, and the Rockets ultimately turned over the ball. Paul argued with the ref on the sideline and was immediately assessed his second technical, resulting in his ejection.

After the game, Harden was in a terrible mood and had a simple message for the refs.

"I just want a fair chance," Harden told reporters in Oakland. "We all know what happened a couple years back with Kawhi [Leonard]. Call the game the way it's supposed to be called, and we'll live with the results."

Harden was referring to the 2017 Warriors-Spurs playoff series when Leonard landed on then-Dubs center Zaza Pachulia's feet and sprained his ankle. The NBA later added a rule stating that defenders have to give shooters a place to land.

[RELATED: Curry hits dagger 3-pointer vs. Rockets]

Harden and Paul believe the refs missed several of those calls in Game 1.

We'll find out Monday if they were right.