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.

Why NBA's new tampering proposal won't stop players from recruiting

Why NBA's new tampering proposal won't stop players from recruiting

The NBA is a players' league. 

For nearly a decade, the league at large has been trying to curtail that notion. In the latest effort, the NBA has proposed new rules, including a fine of $10 million for teams caught tampering with potential free agents, according to a league memo obtained by ESPN. 

The proposal comes two months after $1.4 billion in contract terms were agreed to 90 minutes into free agency, all but proving teams and players had agreements prior to the June 30 moratorium period. Such players included Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, who were reported to have agreed to terms with the Brooklyn Nets hours before free agency period began. 

Nine years ago, LeBron James sat in the Boys and Girls Club in Greenwich, Conn. and -- with the sports world in the palm of his hand -- announced his intention to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat, marking the biggest shift to player empowerment since Curt Flood fought for MLB free agency in the 1970s. The move opened the door for players to determine their own futures on a level not seen, to the point that even the league's newest overtures won't help. 

The NBA's latest attempt to stifle player movement is wide-ranging. According to the memo obtained by ESPN, the proposal includes prohibiting players from influencing other players to request trades and random audits on teams to "assess compliance." Additionally, a requirement would be put in place that requires teams to report any instance of a player or representative asking for extra benefits within 24 hours. 

The NBA's newest proposal is in response largely to the recent open recruiting of free agents from former Lakers executive Magic Johnson. In 2017, Johnson alluded to his recruitment of upcoming free agent Paul George during an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Paul, then a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, was considering the Lakers in free agency. Though rules forbid Magic to openly recruit George, he did so anyway. 

“We going to say hi because we know each other, you just can’t say, ‘Hey, I want you to come to the Lakers,’" Johnson said. "Even though I’ll be wink-winking like, ‘You know what that means, right?’”

Johnson was fined a league-record $500,000 and George signed with the Thunder. Though the league's proposal is aimed at curtailing further actions like Johnson's, it does little to help with player-on-player recruitment. Thirteen years ago -- during the 2006 World Championships -- Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, each a member of a different team, openly pondered the idea of playing together. Each signed short-term deals with their teams to become free agents in 2010, subsequently signing with the Heat in free agency. 

Will the new rules actually prohibit players from doing it again? Probably not. 

No rules are going to stop a player's will under the current landscape. Take Kevin Durant's free agency this summer. Before signing, Durant hadn't met with any executive nor toured any of the Brooklyn Nets facilities, but said he wanted to sign regardless. 

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The biggest proposal would be for teams to self-report any agent asking for extra benefits. Not sure that could work, considering teams would run the risk of turning off top-flight talent by outing a player's inner circle. 

The NBA is now a player's league, thanks to LeBron James, and even with the current set of rules in place, it doesn't seem like that power struggle will be changing anytime soon. 

Ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala planned to be math teacher before NBA career

Ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala planned to be math teacher before NBA career

Andre Iguodala has made a respectful name for himself in the NBA.

Across eight seasons, he’s earned just one All-Star selection, but he did help lead the Warriors to three NBA championships and even earned MVP honors during the Finals of the 2014-15 season.

But was this always his dream? To be a well-known name in a professional sport? 

Not necessarily. 

Believe it or not, Iggy figured he would be a teacher when he grew up.

“I come from a small town [Springfield, Illinois], and no one knew who I was,” Iguodala told Fast Company’s Claire Miller. “I thought I would go to college and become a math teacher. I remember joking around in practice and my coach was like, “You know there are NBA scouts here,” and I said, “What does that have to do with me?” He said, “Well, who do you think they’re here to see?”

That humbleness remained throughout his career. He even mentioned he received advice at one point from a coach who said to take more shots than pass. But he’s a team player, he’s happy to pass the ball to others.

Iguodala was acquired by the Memphis Grizzlies in July via trade for cash and a 2024 first-round draft pick. 

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But just imagine … Andre Iguodala, the math teacher. Crazy. Err, Mr. Iguodala. Perhaps Professor Iguodala? 

It appears the journey he chose is working for him, however.