Suggs' Final Four heroics should have Warriors hoping he falls


In an incredible second game at the Final Four, Warriors fans are getting a glimpse at what should be one of the team's top targets in the 2021 NBA Draft.

Gonzaga's Jalen Suggs has been one of the top players through this year's NCAA Tournament, and showed how valuable he can be as a draft prospect in this wild sequence late in the second half of Saturday night's game between the Bulldogs and UCLA.

After the Bruins rallied and sent the game to overtime, Suggs delivered Gonzaga a trip to the national championship game with this heave from just past half court to clinch a 93-90 victory.

Suggs finished with 16 points, six assists and five rebounds, not showing any signs of being a college freshman with his performance throughout the tournament.

The 19-year-old consistently has been a top-five pick in recent NBA mock drafts. The Warriors, depending on how the balls bounce in the upcoming draft lottery, could end up with the No. 4 or No. 5 overall pick courtesy of the Minnesota Timberwolves. If Minnesota's pick lands inside the top three, it stays with the T-Wolves and the organization's 2022 first-round pick will go unprotected to the Warriors.

Similar to 2020 draft picks James Wiseman and Nico Mannion, Suggs appears to have a connection to Warriors star Steph Curry through competing at one of his Under Armour camps.

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In his most recent NBA mock draft, NBC Sports Bay Area's James Ham doesn't have Suggs lasting that long, going second overall to the Detroit Pistons. 


Suggs has all the skills to blossom into a star NBA guard. A phenomenal high school athlete, Suggs had offers from a number of power five football programs to play quarterback, including Ohio State. Suggs was a consensus second-team All-American in 2020-21 for the Bulldogs.

The Warriors will have a 59.9 percent chance of getting Minnesota's pick if the T-Wolves end up maintaining their position with the league's worst record.

Suggs only has boosted his draft stock with his outstanding play throughout the NCAA Tournament and is one win away from capping off an undefeated season for Gonzaga.

If he somehow makes it out of the first three picks without being selected, the Warriors would have a miracle fall into their lap if they could bring Suggs into the fold.

There isn't a better option from this draft class to pair with the Splash Brothers than Suggs, and Warriors fans should be crossing their fingers for the possibility of getting to select Suggs in this summer's draft.

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