Suddenly, the Warriors' immediate future is extremely cloudy.
After losing in the NBA Finals to the Raptors and seeing both Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson suffer serious, potentially career-altering injuries, President of Basketball Operations Bob Myers must now adjust on the fly heading into what is a very crucial offseason for the franchise.
With numerous players facing free agency and possibly retirement, in addition to the aforementioned injuries, the Warriors' roster needs an influx of young talent. What better way to acquire that young talent than through the NBA draft?
Golden State holds the No. 28 overall selection in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft on June 20. With so much of the Warriors' current roster up in the air, it's likely they'll opt for the 'best player available' strategy, rather than address a specific position.
With less than a week to go until the draft, here's a selection of various NBA mock drafts highlighting the player(s) being associated with the Warriors and the No. 28 overall pick:
Sports Illustrated: Dylan Windler, SF, Belmont
What they said: "He has a smooth, consistent stroke from outside, and despite his lack of great strength, plays with some toughness and is willing to compete on the glass. Golden State needs their role players to hit shots, play hard and stay out of the way, and Windler would be a match here."
ESPN: Eric Paschall, F, Villanova
What they said: "Paschall is one of the more ready prospects to contribute in this draft class, turning 23 in November, with a chiseled physique and an impressive national championship pedigree. [His] athleticism, toughness, perimeter shooting ability and defensive versatility will fit right in on Golden State's roster."
CBS Sports: KZ Okpala, SF, Stanford
What they said: "Young talent who emerged from a forgettable situation at Stanford. Okpala's a good interview, quick study and has a 7-2 wingspan. Had he been a better shooter last season, he'd be a top-20 lock. Unless he can massage his offensive skillset to a B-plus level in the NBA, he'll probably never be a starter, but talent evaluators view him as an ideal career backup in the frontcourt."
Uproxx: Matisse Thybulle, G/F, Washington
What they said: "If you’re looking for a reason to avoid Thybulle, it comes with his jumper. If that works at all, this pairing of team and player would be devastating. Thybulle’s defensive play-making is well-documented and, in Golden State, he’d be allowed to utilize it in a way that wouldn’t be duplicated elsewhere. It would be a lot of fun."