If the Warriors win the NBA draft lottery -- and choose not to trade the selection -- who will they take with the No. 1 overall pick?

Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reported in April that Georgia guard Anthony Edwards likely would be the choice. And on Tuesday, he provided an even deeper explanation.

"Golden State believes, per a league source, that 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," Letourneau wrote.

This would be the ideal outcome for the franchise. A fully healthy Warriors roster -- which in theory would include some significant additions this offseason -- wouldn't need major contributions from Edwards right away. The Atlanta native just turned 19 years old last week, and he would have the luxury of learning from Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins.

Edwards could somewhat take his time adjusting to life as a professional, and soak up as much knowledge as possible as he continues to learn the nuances of the game.

And throughout that process, the goal would be for Edwards to realize his potential, become an All-Star level player and help carry the franchise into its next iteration.

 

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But the truth is that this possible plan is far from a guarantee. In the eyes of many draft analysts, Edwards is not a sure-fire prospect. Yes, he averaged 19.1 points per game as a freshman for the Bulldogs, and had some incredible performances.

But he shot 40 percent overall and just 29.4 percent from 3-point range over 32 games.

"I think he needs to work on attacking the basket a little more," Edwards' brother, Antoine, told Dell and Sonya Curry in May. "He settles for the jump shot a lot when he's pretty strong and big. He gets to the hole with contact -- people slapping and grabbing his arm -- and he still can lay the ball up.

"You do that with ease. Why sit out there and make a difficult shot when you do something easy?"

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The lottery will be held next Thursday, Aug. 20, and this whole discussion could become a moot point if the Dubs slip to say No. 4 or No. 5, and Edwards goes in the top three.

Isn't it wild how ping pong balls can alter the course of NBA history?

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