NBA mock draft: Warriors linked to these prospects before March Madness

NBA mock draft: Warriors linked to these prospects before March Madness

Let's dance. March Madness is here. Brackets will be busted, as prospects rise and fall on draft boards. 

The Warriors aren't getting their hands on Zion Williamson or Ja Morant. Not yet, at least. But they can still get a solid prospect at the end of the first round. 

Going into Wednesday's slate of games, the Warriors currently own the No. 28 pick in the draft, the same spot they selected Jacob Evans last year. Who will Bob Myers select this year? 

Here's a roundup of prospects projected to fall to the champs: 

Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report 

Isaiah Roby (Nebraska, PF/C, Junior): "Roby will draw first-round looks for his NBA fit rather than his college production or consistency. He checks the modern big-man boxes with the potential to stretch the floor, attack closeouts and switch defensively, although he'll likely need a few years before he can be a consistent role player."

Chris Stone, Sporting News

Daniel Gafford (Arkansas, F/C, Sophomore): "Gafford was viewed as a lottery pick last season, projecting largely as a pick-and-roll offensive threat and rim protector on the defensive end.

"This season, he’s been thrust into a more difficult role featuring a steady diet of post-ups. In Golden State, he'd be allowed to get back to the former, allowing his athleticism to shine as a vertical spacer."

*Arkansas is in the NIT, but Gafford has decided to prepare for the draft rather than play.

Reid Forgrave, CBS

Admiral Schofield (Tennessee, SG, Senior): "Strong, versatile and a fantastic 3-point shooter, Schofield has a lot of the attributes today's NBA teams are looking for. He's tough and physical, and can score the ball in a multitude of ways. Schofield would be ready to contribute to a winning team immediately -- one reason why the Warriors would be a smart fit."


Ty Jerome (Virginia, PG, Junior): Jerome, a 6-foot-5 point guard, is averaging a career-high 13.0 points and 5.4 assists per game in 31 games. He also attempts five 3-pointers per game while shooting 39.7 percent from beyond the arc. 

Virginia plays Gardner-Webb in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. They are looking to avoid losing to a 16-seed for the second straight year.

Bettor to make $1M if Warriors turn season around, win 2020 NBA Finals

Bettor to make $1M if Warriors turn season around, win 2020 NBA Finals

The Warriors (2-10) own the worst record in the NBA.

Klay Thompson probably isn't going to suit up at all this season, and Steph Curry might not take the floor again until March.

But that didn't stop a certain someone from essentially lighting $1,000 on fire:

Why didn't this person wire the $1,000 to my bank account? Daycare for a 10-month old isn't cheap.

There literally are at least 1,000 ways that the $1,000 could have been better utilized.

Perhaps it was this guy who placed the bet:

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Or maybe the bettor thought the wager was on the Warriors landing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Got to read the fine print on those betting slips!

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Blazers reportedly add Carmelo Anthony after Warriors, Kings losses


Blazers reportedly add Carmelo Anthony after Warriors, Kings losses

The confetti rained down as the crowd roared.

Over the past five years, such jubilant celebration for the Warriors was often reserved for playoff series victories and NBA championships.

On this night back in early November, however, Golden State showered its customers with party streamers to celebrate the team’s first regular-season win at Chase Center.

The Warriors soundly defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 127-118, featuring a lineup devoid of stars D’Angelo Russell, Draymond Green, and Steph Curry, all of whom were sidelined with injuries.

Portland, at full-strength going into the game, became the laughingstock of NBA Twitter for the next 48 hours.

It hasn’t gotten better for Portland since, as the Blazers have lost four of their last five games, including another head-scratching loss to the Kings on Tuesday.

Abraham Lincoln once said “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”

For Portland’s general manager Neil Olshey, that knot reportedly comes in the form of 10-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony hasn’t played in an NBA game since November of 2018, back when he had a 10-game run with the Houston Rockets to begin last season before the team parted ways with Melo on Nov. 15.

The Trail Blazers are in desperation mode, standing 4-8 in an unquestionably loaded Western Conference and now are dealing with the loss of up-and-coming power forward Zach Collins for multiple months with a shoulder injury.

All those empty gym Instagram workouts seem to have finally paid off for Anthony, whose role and impact remains to be seen with a team that was just four wins away from the NBA Finals in 2018.

While his scoring acumen is unquestioned, his defensive ability -- especially after a full year away from the NBA -- might hurt a team already featuring several liabilities on that end of the court more than it helps.

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However, this likely will be a short-term experiment if Melo doesn’t make a discernible impact immediately. Dec. 15 marks the first day teams can trade players signed during the summer free agency period, so Portland can pursue help on the wing through that avenue if Anthony, whose contract is non-guaranteed, doesn’t produce as advertised.