How Jalen Green going to G League impacts Warriors, 2021 NBA Draft

How Jalen Green going to G League impacts Warriors, 2021 NBA Draft

We had some big basketball news Thursday morning.

Jalen Green -- ESPN's No. 1 ranked high school prospect in the 2020 class, who spent his senior season locally at Profilic Prep in Napa -- announced that he would bypass college and sign with the NBA G League.

About two months after Luka Doncic was selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, he flew to the Bay Area for a private workout with Warriors superstar Steph Curry.

As NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh wrote early last year:

Curry had already scheduled a workout, led by his longtime trainer Brandon Payne of Accelerate Basketball, with high school phenom Jalen Green, who could be the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2020. After a call from Duffy, Payne made a slight change of plans.

Pretty cool, right?

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There's another variable in all of this that impacts Golden State, and probably is of most interest to Warriors fans.

When the Warriors traded D'Angelo Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves in early February, they received Minnesota's 2021 first-round draft pick. The selection is top-three protected, meaning the T-Wolves will keep it if it lands at No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3 overall (it becomes unprotected in 2022).

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But if the lottery determines that Minnesota will have the No. 4 overall pick, it goes to the Warriors. And in late January, who did ESPN have slated at No. 4 overall in his 2021 mock draft?

Answer -- Jalen Green.

As Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz wrote:

The 6-foot-5 guard holds as much long-term upside as any prospect in the 2021 draft class and deserves heavy consideration for the first overall pick.

So much can change between now and the 2021 NBA Draft, and it's possible that Golden State ends up trading away that Minnesota pick.

But if you're a Warriors fan reading this, it's safe to assume you'll be keeping tabs on Green's development over the next 14 months ...

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2020 NBA mock draft 13.0: Projecting Warriors, Kings' first-round picks

2020 NBA mock draft 13.0: Projecting Warriors, Kings' first-round picks

It’s mock draft time!

The NBA restart is halfway done and the NBA Draft lottery is almost upon us. The Sacramento Kings have already joined the ranks of the eliminated in the Orlando Bubble. They’ll join the Golden State Warriors and the rest of the non-playoff bound teams in the lottery on August 20. 
Working around the coronavirus pandemic is making this year the strangest draft seasons in NBA history. How well does a player interview via Zoom video calls? Will there be a combine? How will we get true measure, physical agility testing and see how players do in small-sided games. 

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 13.0.

View NBC Sports Bay Area's Mock Draft 13.0 here

Suns troll Warriors' Draymond Green over $50K fine for Booker remarks

Suns troll Warriors' Draymond Green over $50K fine for Booker remarks

Draymond Green had some choice words about the Phoenix Suns and star Devin Booker during a recent appearance as an NBA analyst on TNT.

"It's not good for him. It's not good for his career," Green said. "... They gotta get Book out of Phoenix. I need my man to go somewhere where he can play great basketball all the time and win, because he's that type of player."

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After the NBA announced on Sunday that Green would face a $50,000 fine for tampering with his comments, the Suns' Twitter account decided to have some fun with the situation while sharing a highlight video of Booker.

Green never has been one to shy away from speaking his mind, and also already has gone back and forth with longtime media nemesis Charles Barkley during other appearances on TNT's NBA coverage.

Don't be surprised if Draymond is a little more careful with his words going forward during his on-camera appearances.