The Warriors are fully focused on getting back to the playoffs this season, but they know they can score in a major way when it comes to the 2021 NBA Draft.
Golden State owns one of the biggest assets in basketball right now: The Minnesota Timberwolves' first-round pick. But the pick is top-3 protected, meaning Minnesota keeps it if they wind up with one of the top three picks in the draft. If that does happen, the pick pick would turn into a 2022 unprotected pick from Minnesota.
The T-Wolves have the third-worst record in the league entering Tuesday. By purely looking at standings, Minnesota would keep its pick.
The pick the Warriors sent to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Kelly Oubre Jr. trade is top-20 protected.
When looking at the current NBA standings and ESPN's Basketball Power Index, the Warriors have the No. 19 pick in the draft right now. ESPN's Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz give Golden State David Johnson, a point guard out of Louisville, in their latest mock, while the Warriors take Texas power forward Greg Brown in the latest version from Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman.
Johnson is a 6-foot-5, 210-pound sophomore. He's averaging 13.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game through 15 games this season. The Louisville native also is shooting 42.6 percent from 3-point range, which is up from 21.7 percent as a freshman.
Brown was a top-10 high school recruit in the Class of 2020. He's 6-foot-9, 205 pounds and has shown flashes of why he was such a highly regarded high school recruit.
Through his first 13 games in college, Brown is averaging 11.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game for one of the best teams in the country.
Brown also has 30 turnovers to only one assist this season. He has plenty of skills, but will need time to develop early in his career.
The Warriors certainly hope the T-Wolves' top pick falls in their lap during what is considered a stacked draft, but it's easy to see why Johnson and Brown could be targets later in the draft with their own pick.