We are one week away from the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery finally happening.
Do the Warriors know -- right now -- who they would take with the No. 1 overall pick if they win the sweepstakes?
Larry Beil of ABC7 News asked Golden State owner Joe Lacob that question this week on the "With Authority" podcast.
"Well I'm supposed to answer, 'No, of course not,' " Lacob said, followed by laugther. "No. I think we have a good idea between -- let's say -- a couple of guys that we might be really focused in on if we got the No. 1 pick.
"But we still have work to do, and we still have some time. Things could change, and we're gonna take a good look at the overall strategy. I can answer that question a lot better, and will be able to think about it a lot more clearly, after next week when we know.
"I think that will kind of determine how we think about this a lot more."
Had a great time talking to #warriors owner Joe Lacob. His dog Lucky Larry (I thought they named him after me) will be leading the way in next week’s draft lottery, providing proper mojo to get the top pick pic.twitter.com/qz3FK59hRJ— Larry Beil (@LarryBeilABC7) August 13, 2020
This always has been the case and makes perfect sense. You can scout and prepare all you want, but can't fully form opinions -- or devise a concrete plan -- until you know your exact position.
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The Warriors would have much more leverage for a potential trade if they possess the No. 1 overall pick vs. if they slip all the way to No. 5.
Here are Golden State's lottery odds:
-No. 1 pick: 14 percent
-No. 2 pick: 13.4 percent
-No. 3 pick: 12.7 percent
-No. 4 pick: 12 percent
-No. 5 pick: 47.9 percent
Lacob, obviously, didn't mention any prospects by name. But it's possible that a certain shooting guard out of Georgia is one of the "couple of guys" the Dubs could zero in on.
"Golden State believes, per a league source, that (Anthony) Edwards is one of the few players available in this draft who can contribute immediately and develop into a face of the franchise within the next few seasons," the San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau reported this week.
A lot can change between now and the Oct. 16 draft, and the rumor mill definitely will heat up once the order is set next week.
There will be twists and turns, and it assuredly will be a very interesting next two months.