Warriors

Warriors

The Warriors are guaranteed to land a top-five pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

If they keep the selection, will they seriously consider drafting forward Deni Avdija should he be available when they're on the clock?

"They should also consider Avdija given his versatility, experience, modern fit and basketball instincts," ESPN's Mike Schmitz wrote Monday. "A Curry-Thompson-Wiggins-Avdija-Green small-ball lineup could be one of the most dynamic and versatile in the NBA."

The Israeli-Serbian prospect has played professionally for Maccabi Tel Aviv since the 2017-18 season. He is just 19 years old and doesn't turn 20 until Jan. 3.

"In 2018-19, it was mostly NBA scouts crossing the Atlantic to observe Avdija," NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole wrote in late April. "In 2019-20, those trips were upgraded, as a procession of general managers took seats in mostly smallish gyms. The Warriors, according to multiple league sources, were among those taking a long look."

Avdija averaged 12.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists over 22 games in the Israeli Basketball Premier League this season, while shooting nearly 57 perent from the field and just under 39 percent from 3-point range.

He is "big enough to play power forward but has the ballhandling, creativity and playmaking skill of a point guard," Schmitz writes. "At his best operating out of pick-and-roll, where he displays excellent timing and vision, allowing him to make every read and pass in the book. Aggressive offensive player who is in attack mode every time he steps onto the floor. Loves shooting pull-up 3-pointers in transition. Brings toughness, competitiveness and swagger."

 

The 2020 NBA Draft Lottery is scheduled for Aug. 25, while the 2020 NBA Draft is slated for Oct. 16.

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