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NBA teams 'terrified' of Warriors' 2020 draft pick, Tom Haberstroh says

NBA teams 'terrified' of Warriors' 2020 draft pick, Tom Haberstroh says

At the moment, the 4-19 Warriors are the furthest thing from terrifying.

But a year from now, things drastically could change and that has the rest of the NBA in a panic, according to NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh.

"The people I talk to around the league are really worried they are going to trade that first-round pick, the 2020 pick, because if they load up with an All-Star-type player with that pick, they are terrified," Haberstroh said during the Warriors-Hornets telecast on NBC Sports Bay Area on Wednesday. "Or if they land a Luka Doncic in the draft, they're terrified. So that 2020 pick, adding to the group they have established here with [Eric] Paschall stepping in right away, man, I think every team is going to try to do a gap year."

The Warriors are expected to have a healthy Steph Curry and Klay Thompson back next season to go along with Draymond Green, D'Angelo Russell and Kevon Looney. Paschall has burst on to the scene and looks like he could be an impact player on a title-contending team.

The Warriors also will have a taxpayer exception worth around $17 million and a taxpayer mid-level exception that they can use to sign established NBA players.

And then you throw in what is looking like a potential top-five 2020 draft pick, and wow. As Haberstroh says, the Warriors could trade that pick for an established star or they could hit the jackpot and draft an elite prospect to build around.

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The other 29 teams in the NBA have good reason to be worried. The Warriors could be scary again next season.

Now, we just have to get through the next five months.

Warriors' Rick Welts in awe of rookie second-round pick Eric Paschall

Warriors' Rick Welts in awe of rookie second-round pick Eric Paschall

Eric Paschall has caught everybody's attention.

The Warriors' rookie forward -- who somehow slipped to the No. 41 overall pick in the 2019 draft -- is averaging 17.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.

The Villanova product has scored 30 or more points twice and led Golden State in scoring five times.

"Wow. Where did this guy come from?" Warriors president Rick Welts told NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh on the "Habershow" podcast. "When you see him -- while he's physically a big guy and imposing -- his skill level is just way beyond what most of us expected to see at this young stage of the career.

"Being able to make his own shot, being able to be effective with the mid-range jumper -- as well as driving to the hoop -- he's turned out to be potentially one of the real great steals of the NBA draft."

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Never forget the Warriors entered draft day without a second-round pick, but were able to acquire the No. 41 selection in exchange for $1.3 million and a 2024 second-rounder from the Hawks

Good trade.

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Steph Curry's trainer discusses timetable for Warriors star's return

Steph Curry's trainer discusses timetable for Warriors star's return

The question on everyone's mind today is: Will Steph Curry return this season?

The Warriors star broke his hand against the Phoenix Suns and will be re-evaluated in February after undergoing surgery. On Friday, Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher reported that it is "unlikely" that Curry returns to play this season, a report the Warriors quickly shot down

Curry's personal trainer Brandon Payne went on NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh's "The Habershow Podcast" and discussed a number of things, from why Steph doesn't like running a lot of high pick-and-rolls to the timetable for Curry's return. Since the injury is to Curry's hand and not an area where injuries are more common (i.e. ankle, knee), Payne is unsure when Curry will be able to return to the court.

"I know he wants to," Payne told Haberstroh of Curry returning this season. "It's all going to depend on how this rehab process plays out. It's three months to reevaluation and then at that point, we'll have a better idea of the timeline and what he can and can't do. Those first few weeks are going to be critical in just how the movement comes back in the wrist and how the hand responds to the activity."

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The Warriors likely will be out of the playoff picture by the time Curry is ready to return, but there's no doubt he will want to play if healthy.