Warriors get youth, experience combo in ESPN's latest mock draft


The Warriors still are shopping their pair of lottery picks in the upcoming 2021 NBA Draft, but it's becoming increasingly likely that the team will end up utilizing those selections on a pair of prospects.

In ESPN's latest 2021 NBA Mock Draft, the Warriors land both a young phenom and an experienced college prospect.

Jonathan Kuminga is the Warriors' choice at No. 7 overall, as the 18-year-old remains in the Bay Area after playing last season with G League Ignite, which trains in Walnut Creek.

"While the fit might not be ideal in terms of his ball-stopping tendencies, streaky shooting and defensive lapses, it would likely be difficult to pass on the scoring instincts, physical ability and upside Kuminga possesses at this stage of the draft," ESPN's Jonathan Givony writes.

At No. 14 overall, the Warriors bring in a player the team has been increasingly linked to in recent days in Oregon product Chris Duarte.

"He is one of the oldest players projected to be drafted and looks like a plug-and-play fit thanks to his strong perimeter shooting, passing and defensive playmaking instincts," Givony writes.

The Warriors have been rumored alongside a number of trade possibilities with their lottery picks, including Ben Simmons, Pascal Siakam, and Bradley Beal, who reportedly is at the top of the Warriors' offseason wishlist should he request a trade.

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Kuminga was among the top three projected picks for much of the past year, but some struggles in the G League bubble caused his stock to drop. He might take a few years to develop, but the 6-foot-6 forward has potential to be a great player on both ends of the floor.

Duarte played two seasons with the Oregon Ducks, and is a tenacious defender and solid 3-point shooter. The Warriors reportedly brought Duarte in among several players for a "competitive workout," hoping to clarify their choices with the 14th overall pick.

Four days remain until the draft gets underway, and don't expect the Warriors to be out on trade discussions until Adam Silver walks across the stage and announces their selection.

If the Warriors end up holding on to their two selections, Kuminga and Duarte would be an intriguing pair of rookies to add to the rotation next season.

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