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2020 NBA Draft sleepers: Tyrese Maxey has two-way talent Warriors need

2020 NBA Draft sleepers: Tyrese Maxey has two-way talent Warriors need

Editor's note: As the Warriors prepare for the 2020 NBA draft, NBC Sports Bay Area will present a twice-weekly series spotlighting two "Sleepers" likely to be evaluated. This is the second of a 12-part series on intriguing prospects considered risky to select among the top 10. 

The Warriors have been fascinated by two-way wings in recent years. Kentucky's Tyrese Maxey fits the mold and could be an intriguing prospect if he falls in the draft. 

A 6-foot-3 guard, Maxey averaged 14.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.9 blocks as a freshman under the tutelage of coach John Calipari. In a win over Michigan State, he finished with 26 points and five rebounds. A month later, he finished with 27 points and 7 rebounds in a win over Louisville. By the end of the season, he was named to the SEC's All-Freshman team. 

His defensive smarts and athleticism are attributes that the Warriors covet. In recent summers, they've looked for two-way prospects to play alongside Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. From Patrick McCaw to Jordan Poole, the team is always looking for multi-faceted talents. 

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However, Maxey struggled from the field in Lexington, making just 43 percent from the field and 29 percent from 3-point range, despite being touted as a shooter. During his first season, he was a frequent gunner who didn't always get his shots within the flow of the offense. Additionally, with his slim frame, he'll need to bulk up to succeed at the next level. 

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At the moment, Maxey figures to be a fringe lottery pick. While Golden State is lock to have a top-5 pick, Warriors general manager Bob Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole that he'd "consider" trading the pick. If Myers decides to do so and picks up a later pick in the process, Maxey could be an intriguing project for the Warriors. 

Tyrese Maxey profile

Position: Shooting guard
Class: Freshman
Birthdate: November 4, 2000 (19 years old)
Hometown: Garland, Texas
2019-20 season averages: 14.0 points (42.7 percent field goals, 29.2 percent on 3-pointers, 83.3 percent on free throws), 4.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.9 blocks.
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 198
Wingspan: 6-5
What they're saying: "He’s not a natural creator, he’s wired to score more than anything else, and he certainly isn’t an elite athlete by NBA combo-guard standards, although he is a pretty good on-ball defender. He’s also a worker, and by all accounts a great kid and competitor." - Rob Dauster, NBC Sports

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2020 NBA mock draft 11.0: Projecting Warriors, Kings' first-round picks

2020 NBA mock draft 11.0: Projecting Warriors, Kings' first-round picks

It’s mock draft time!

The NBA restart  is almost upon us, which means soon we’ll have final standings by mid-August, followed by a draft lottery order.  
 
Teams have been working on draft strategies and doing the best they can to evaluate talent without getting their hands on players in the flesh. Working around the coronavirus pandemic is making this year the strangest draft seasons in NBA history. 

To add a more realistic spin to the mock, we’ve turned to the draft simulator on Tankathon.com to randomize the lottery order. Here is a look at NBC Sports California’s 2020 Mock Draft 11.0. Wizards, you’re on the clock.

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Erik Spoelstra credits Andre Iguodala's Warriors tenure for NBA esteem

Erik Spoelstra credits Andre Iguodala's Warriors tenure for NBA esteem

Andre Iguodala's Warriors tenure couldn't have worked out much better, as the talented wing was an integral part of three championship-winning teams and won the 2015 NBA Finals MVP.

The 36-year-old was traded to Memphis last offseason, but Iguodala eventually found himself in Miami after a deadline deal with the Heat.

Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra was asked about Iguodala's impact on the organization during his first five months with the Heat, and the two-time champion's answer spoke volumes about how Iguodala's perception in the NBA has been shaped by his time with the Warriors.

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He wasn't an original member of the Warriors' roster, but his acquisition helped mark a turning point that saw the Warriors go from a middle-of-the-pack Western Conference team to a bona fide NBA Finals contender year in and year out. Unselfishness and versatility enabled Iguodala to captain the Warriors' second unit into one of the league's best, while simultaneously bringing valuable clutch minutes night in and night out alongside the Splash Brothers and Draymond Green when the game was on the line.

"You can talk about it in sports, how I came in as a rookie, kind of paid my dues," Iguodala said to Forbes Magazine about his background in leadership. "Kind of like being an intern, you just work your way through the ranks, doing it the right way, having the respect for anyone, whether someone is above you or below you, just having that human level of respect.

"I think the main thing in leadership is trying to get the most out of those beneath you, seeing their potential and helping them maximize their potential, finding out who they are as a person, finding out what makes them tick."

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Even when NBA stars like Kevin Durant joined the fold in Golden State (at Iguodala's position no less), they took lessons to heart from competing every day with him.

"I learned a lot from watching guys like Andre Iguodala -- how he used his hands in the paint when guys were going up to shoot," KD said on a recent Instagram Live.

Warriors general manager Bob Myers didn't come away empty-handed from the Iguodala transaction, as Golden State wound up with a valuable $17.2 million trade exception. This leaves the Warriors with a chance to add a solid contributor in a trade this offseason.

Golden State showered Iguodala with love when he returned to Chase Center this season with the Heat, and he'll forever be an iconic figure in Warriors lore.