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2019 NBA mock draft roundup: Who could Warriors pick in first round?

2019 NBA mock draft roundup: Who could Warriors pick in first round?

The Warriors are gearing up to defend their title yet again, but it's never too early to talk NBA draft.

With the NCAA Tournament ending with the Virginia Cavaliers bathing in confetti and the NBA playoffs set to begin Saturday, it's time to take an early look at who the pundits believe the Warriors will select late in the first round.

The Dubs currently are slated for the No. 28 pick in the first round.

CBS Sports: Ayo Dosunmu, PG, Illinois; Daniel Gafford, C, Arkansas
CBS Sports' Gary Parrish and Kyle Boone offer different scenarios for the Dubs. Boone has the Warriors taking Dosunmu with the No. 29 pick after making a trade with the Toronto Raptors. Due to Shaun Livingston's NBA future up in the air, Boone believes the Warriors could take the high-upside guard, and have him learn under Steph Curry's tutelage. As for Parrish, he has the Warriors taking Gafford, an athletic big who can jump out of the gym. The sophomore has an unpolished offensive game but has the physical gifts to go in the first round.

Sports Illustrated: Mfiondu Kabengele, PF, Florida State
Kabengele was a key cog for a Florida State team that made yet another Sweet 16 run. The 6-foot-9 forward can shoot the 3-ball and is an above average rim protector. He has the skill set to play right away for the Warriors if they need him.

NBADraft.net: Moses Brown, C, UCLA
Brown is an unpolished product who likely should return to Westwood for his sophomore season. He is an explosive athlete who runs the floor well. Brown's offensive game could use some work and he still needs time bulk up and build his strength to bang inside. He'll be a project if he comes out.

USA Today: Matisse Thybulle, G, Washington
The best defender in college basketball certainly could be of use to the Warriors. The 6-foot-6 guard is arguably the top 3-and-D wing in the draft. He was named the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year this past season and has the feel of a perfect role player in today's NBA.

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Bleacher Report: Chuma Okeke, F, Auburn
Johnathan Wasserman sees the Dubs drafting Okeke, whose stock was soaring before tearing his ACL in the Sweet 16 against  North Carolina. If the Warriors don't see a player who can make an immediate impact, they could look to Okeke wouldn't see the floor for some time.

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 104-98 preseason loss to Lakers

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 104-98 preseason loss to Lakers

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The Warriors took their first trip away from Chase Center and it didn't go as planned. 

Even with the Lakers sitting LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Warriors -- who sat Draymond Green and D'Angelo Russell -- lost 104-98, their second defeat of the preseason. 

The Warriors struggled from the field most of the night and got off to a poor start, making just 19 percent of their first-quarter shots. 

To catch you up on the loss, here are three takeaways from the game.  

Steph and others struggle from the field

Following a 40-point performance last time out, Stephen Curry couldn't carry that over to Southern California, finishing 6 of 17 from the field on the night. 

Curry -- who has long struggled to shoot at Staples Center -- shouldn't be concerned with the long-term effects of the bad shooting night. Still, his performance set the tone for the rest of the roster, as Golden State finished 36.2 percent from the field. 

Rookie Jordan Poole -- who came into Monday's game shooting 47 percent in the preseason -- made just 3 of his 17 shot attempts, while Eric Paschall finished 2-of-7.

The rookies were bound to have a bad game after their respective hot starts to the preseason. Like Curry, they have a chance for redemption Wednesday against the same Lakers team. 

Golden State still can't rebound 

For much of the week, Warriors coach Steve Kerr lamented his team's poor rebounding effort. On Monday, Golden State did little to quell Kerr's concerns, as the team was outrebounded once again, 48-46. 

Dwight Howard was a big reason for the Warriors' struggles, grabbing 12 of his game-high 13 rebounds in the first half. Los Angeles took a 35-24 rebound advantage into halftime. 

With Kevon Looney and Willie Cauley Stein out, Golden State will have many nights like these. The key will be how effectively the Warriors' offense can counteract the problem. 

Chriss continues to impress

Marquese Chriss has been the surprise of camp, providing a badly-needed presence in the frontcourt. On Monday, he continued his solid play, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds. 

Currently on a non-guaranteed deal, Chriss is proving he belongs on the regular-season roster. Due to his emergence, the Warriors find themselves in a conundrum heading into the final weekend of camp. With little cap space, the team will either have to cut a player to make room for Chriss, or make a trade to unload a salary off the books.

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Either way, it's becoming more and more likely Chriss will be on the Warriors' roster on Opening Night.

Warriors' Steph Curry wants to prove Steve Kerr right, perform at peak

Warriors' Steph Curry wants to prove Steve Kerr right, perform at peak

Steph Curry has made Steve Kerr look very smart many times, and the Warriors coach likely is hoping the star point guard does so again in reference to one of Kerr's recent proclamations.

On Sunday, Kerr told reporters after practice that he believed Curry was, "at his peak physically, mentally." A day later, Curry insisted he hoped to prove Kerr correct.

"Didn’t he say that last year, too? Two years ago?” Curry responded when told of Kerr's opinion, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau. “So, I’m still sustaining this level, right? I don’t know what kind of time limit he’s putting on me. I like that.

"He said that two years ago, and I tried to prove him right," Curry continued. "Then he’ll say that two years from now, and I’ll try to prove him right again."

Kerr previously said Curry was at his peak just prior to the start of the 2017-18 season, which concluded with the second of consecutive championships. Of course, that Warriors team was arguably one of the most talented in league history, and much of that talent has since departed Golden State.

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With Kevin Durant gone and Klay Thompson expected out until at least the All-Star break, Curry will have to take on a greater offensive role than he played the last time Kerr thought he was at his peak. If he can provide what the Warriors will need, he can prove Kerr's original proclamation false and his most recent one correct.