Even as the Warriors anticipate Klay Thompson returning to the lineup for the 2021-22 NBA season, the possibility of adding another top-10 draft pick should be very enticing for the organization.
Depending on where the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves (3-8) finish in the standings this season, the Warriors could end up with another lottery selection, in addition to wherever their own pick ends up landing. Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman unveiled his latest NBA mock draft on Thursday, and he sees the Warriors nabbing one of this year’s top prospects with the No. 4 pick.
Jalen Suggs was a consensus five-star recruit who has dazzled in his freshman season with the top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs. He is a 6-foot-5 point guard who can score in a variety of ways and has shown an ability to distribute among the best players in college basketball this season.
Suggs still has room to improve shooting from 3-point range, but is, all in all, an extremely talented playmaker who doesn’t have many deficiencies in his game for a 19-year-old.
Wasserman has the Warriors using Minnesota’s hypothetical No. 4 pick on Suggs, and then has the organization’s original pick being utilized on Kentucky's Brandon Boston Jr. at No. 18.
Boston is a versatile 6-foot-7 guard/forward who has struggled a bit of late, but began the season as a nearly unanimous top-10 selection per most mock drafts. Boston can score from anywhere, although his current 3-point percentage of 16.7 does raise some alarms.
He still has some room to grow into his body and hasn’t shown much of the explosiveness you’d like to see from a first-round wing, but Boston absolutely is a first-round talent.
If the Warriors end up bringing in two players of this caliber in addition to Klay Thompson’s return and James Wiseman getting a full year under his belt in the NBA, look out.