Five potential draft fits for the Warriors at No. 28 overall
With the 28th pick...
The Warriors, once again, will trudge to the back of the room for their seat at the draft. They’re getting used to it, and they actually like it.
They are No. 28 on the draft board, meaning 27 players will be taken before they have a chance to clear their collective throat. They’re scanning the league in hopes of finding a team willing to sell a second-round pick, but the only sure thing is at 28.
To whom will they turn? From a list of about 25 realistic options, we offer five players that seem to fit what the Warriors like and, moreover, what they need.
Keita Bates-Diop (SF, 6-8, 225, Ohio State)
At age 22 and a four-year collegian, he’s considered one of the most NBA-ready players in the draft. A solid citizen and marvelous athlete with a 7-3 wingspan, Bates-Diop is capable of playing either forward position. His defense is more than solid, and his 19.8 ppg average as a senior is a product of scoring from all three levels.
Jacob Evans III (SG/SF 6-6, 210, Cincinnati)
A solid wing from a powerhouse program, Evans has a 6-9 wingspan and is an eager and smart defender. He’s a very good shooter (39.4 percent as a two-year starter with the Bearcats). The biggest question about him is consistency, which leads to curiosity about his desire. He turned 21 this week, so there is room to grow. Visited the Warriors this week.
Melvin Frazier (SF 6-6, 200, Tulane)
He has a passion for defense, a 7-1 wingspan and a 40-inch vertical leap. His jump shot is good but not exceptional. He played under Mike Dunleavy. Frazier visited the Warriors and worked out in a group setting. Think Patrick McCaw with better athleticism/physicality but not quite the same feel for the game.
Josh Okogie (SG 6-4, 210, Georgia Tech)
Don’t be fooled by the height, as Okogie is a superb athlete whose wingspan is a full 7 feet. He’s also a very good shooter from deep (38 percent last season). With his freakish athleticism and fearless aggression, there are times when he looks like, hold your breath, Utah’s Donovan Mitchell. Okogie doesn’t turn 20 until September.
Gary Trent Jr. (SG/SF 6-6, 215, Duke)
Son of the former NBA player Gary Trent, junior is considered among a dozen or so players who can contribute right away. He’s a tremendous shooter, capable from all three levels. He possesses a visible level of savvy, which is not unexpected given his pedigree, and it offsets his average athleticism. He visited the Warriors this week and worked out in a group setting.
Five others to consider: Bonzie Colson (F 6-5, 225, Notre Dame) Chandler Hutchison (SF 6-7, 200, Boise State); Dzanan Musa (SF 6-8, 200, Bosnia & Herzegovina); Khyri Thomas (SG 6-4, 200, Creighton); Moritz Wagner (C/F 6-11, 240, Michigan).