2019 NBA Draft grades: Warriors' three selections earn mixed reviews

2019 NBA Draft grades: Warriors' three selections earn mixed reviews

NBA draft night came and went in a blur Thursday.

When the trades were finished and the dust settled, the injury-ravaged Warriors were left with three prospects they hope can help them at some point.

They drafted Michigan shooting guard Jordan Poole in Round 1, and then took Alen Smailagic and Eric Paschall in the second.

Warriors fans hope these prospects can help fill the voids left by the injured Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, but that might not be the case.

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Here's how writers graded the Dubs' draft. Some graded the class as a whole, while others graded each prospect. And some only graded the first round. 

Warriors draft picks

First round (No. 28 overall): Jordan Poole, G, Michigan
Second round (no. 39 overall via Pelicans): Alen Smailagic, F, Santa Cruz Warriors
Second round (No. 41 overall): Eric Paschall, F, Villanova


CBS Sports
Grade: Poole (D), Smailagic (D), Paschall (A)
What they're saying on Poole: "This doesn't make sense to me. With so many upside guys on the board, if you're Golden State, I'd want to get someone with greater upside or someone who can help me next season. I'm not sure Poole's either one of those things."
What they're saying on Smailagic: "He's an intriguing developmental big with upside, but still has a ways to go to being a productive NBA player."
What they're saying on Paschall: "This is a dream fit. Paschall's a great 3-point shooter and a projectable role player who can be productive on a cheap deal for the Warriors, who enter the offseason in need of players fitting that exact mold."

The Ringer
Grade: Poole (A)
What they're saying: "But Poole has more talent than he got to show in college. He’s a great 3-point shooter who can also put the ball on the floor and make plays on the move. The big question for him is his defense, but his well-rounded offensive game should allow him to quickly jump Evans in the pecking order in Golden State. The injury-ravaged Warriors will need a lot from Poole next season. He could be up for it."

Bleacher Report
Grade: B+
What they're saying: "Poole offers high-potential shooting to a roster that―despite having Stephen Curry―legitimately needs it. Golden State severely lacked perimeter options when Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson were unavailable; Poole could help change that in a small yet meaningful way. Smailagic, incidentally, played for the Warriors' G League team in 2018-19 but wasn't NBA-eligible until now."

Sports Illustrated
Grade: Poole (B-)
What they're saying: "This is a flier for the Warriors, who will hope to take Poole’s talent and turn him into a viable rotation player long-term. He’s a naturally gifted shooter who excelled on the workout circuit but struggled with consistency at Michigan. The Warriors picked up another second-rounder that should allow them to find a player who’s closer to contributing. This is a bit of a surprise, but not altogether a reach for Golden State. If he puts it together, he can help them, but it may not be this season."

Grade: D
What they're saying: "The banged up Dubs added SG Jordan Poole, who wasn’t projected to be a first-round pick, but is a decent shooter with very limited upside, then followed him up with project PF Alen Smailagic at 39, and finished off the draft with shooter F Eric Paschall at 41. Paschall might be the best of their three picks, and I just don’t feel like the Warriors got guys who will help fill the holes left by Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant’s injuries."

Warriors' Steve Kerr shoots down Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo question

Warriors' Steve Kerr shoots down Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo question

Steve Kerr is not going to be forced to write a check to the league office for his comments about Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Wait. What did he say?

Well, nothing actually.

The Warriors' coach was a guest Wednesday on "The Bill Simmons Podcast," and the two had the following back-and-forth:

Simmons: "I think you can answer this. I don't think this is a tampering violation. Giannis is basically a 7-foot point guard ... this is just who he is? Is Giannis a 1-of-1, or do you think there's more coming? Or this the only one we're gonna have?"

Kerr: "(laughter) 'Media Steve' is gone, Bill."

Simmons: "You can't even answer?!"

Kerr: " 'Coach Steve' doesn't want to get fined. Especially guys who are gonna be free agents and all that stuff."

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Well played, coach. Well played.

And nice try, Bill (haha).

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Kerr also referenced how LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers got fined $50,000 last May for saying Kawhi Leonard "is the most like (Michael) Jordan that we've seen."

As for Giannis, the Greek Freak averaged 36.0 points, 16.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists over the Bucks' first two games in the Orlando bubble. If he doesn't sign the supermax extension in October (or at some point before the 2020-21 season ends), he is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

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Who is Warriors' ideal offseason addition using mid-level exception?

Who is Warriors' ideal offseason addition using mid-level exception?

Some of the best and --- let's be honest -- worst conversations regarding the Warriors take place on social media. 

Strong voices and opinions of Dub Nation defend or criticize their squad, not afraid to share their thoughts with absolute authority. Many of these personalities live on Twitter, where everyone can be a general manager, coach, critic, troll and/or hot-taker. 
In our Warriors Twitter Roundtable, we will share a five-part series of questions designed to touch on the major conversations floating around the Warriors Twitter world. Answering the questions will be a panel of some of the more prominent and revered voices within the community.
Part 1 had our panel name the five best players in the NBA, while Part 2 answered whether or not the Warriors should be considered contenders right now. Here is Part 3:
Who is your ideal (and reasonably realistic) addition for the Warriors using the mid-level exception? 

@poormanscommish: I am definitely not the “Trade Machine” type, especially when the NBA title hasn’t even been determined and neither has the draft, which should reveal a lot about how (Warriors GM) Bob Myers intends to construct his 2020-21 roster. So there are tons of moving parts to this and usually I just sit back and watch how the cookie crumbles -- Warriors fans: You should try this! But to answer your question, I’m going to just go for the holy grail and hope the Raptors falter in the bubble (unlikely, I know), their GM Masai Ujiri starts a rebuild, and Marc Gasol accepts Bob’s MLE offer on what would be an epic-looking championship-contending starting five, as compared to max contract offers Gasol would get from bad teams. 

@samesfandiari: Marc Gasol. High IQ player that can pass, shoot and defend.  I view him like I view (Andre) Iguodala or (Andrew) Bogut. Beyond being a good player, his skillset amplifies those of the core players and takes the collective to a higher level.

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@Jannelle12: My Ideal addition would be Marc Gasol. He still is a capable defender and not scared to shoot the three. Also, he's also a solid passer. He'd be ideal in post-split action. Realistically, re-signing Alec Burks would be the move to make. Why? Because he already knows the system and would add additional scoring to a second unit that really needs it. 

@AndyKHLiu: Marc Gasol. Not only is he perfect for Steve Kerr, he'd be the best addition to the bench since David West. Great passer, screen-setter, defender and shooter that will play both on the closing and second unit. There's no better player, I'd argue, that would fit this team, regardless of money. (Well, Giannis (Antetokounmpo) but that's another story). 

@GSWReddit: Obviously Marc Gasol is a very popular pick among Warriors fans. He is probably the most ideal center Bob Myers could get for Kerr. A former Defensive Player of the Year who is an exceptional passer for a big, along with his ability to score around the rim and stretch the floor. A multi-faceted player like that would be perfect for this Warriors roster, especially at the center position where the Warriors are looking to upgrade. There are some concerns with him in regards to age and durability, but if he were to be available for the MLE, then he would be a great pickup. It remains to be seen how the Raptors will play things this offseason and they do retain his bird rights if they want to offer him something like a steep one-year deal to run it back.
If he’s unavailable, former-Warrior Justin Holiday might be an intriguing and more realistic candidate. He has had a very good season for the Pacers, shooting 42 percent from 3-point range on high volume and can offer some wing defense to a roster that badly needs it. 

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My take (@grantliffmann): It's crazy when the whole panel agrees, but Marc Gasol truly would be an ideal addition. But another ideal addition would be his teammate Serge Ibaka. The reason most people do not include Ibaka's name in their wish list is because there is an assumption that he will be seeking a big-money deal (which he probably deserves). But if we are talking possibilities that could be realistic, we have to consider the idea that the financial ramifications of the pandemic might be greater than even some anticipate, which would make attaining Ibaka on a one-year deal not completely out of the question, though yet again, very unlikely.