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Report: Warriors don't see possible Bouknight-Poole redundancy

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If the Warriors do not trade the No. 7 overall pick in this week's NBA draft, there is a pool of three or four prospects most people believe they will be choosing from.

James Bouknight definitely is one of those players, although some mock drafts now have him getting selected before Golden State is on the clock.

But if the UConn guard does not go in the top six, should the Warriors pass on him because he is too similar to Jordan Poole?

"When asked about the redundancy, one Warriors source described it as a non-issue," The Athletic's Anthony Slater writes. "Poole has very much played himself into the team’s future plans. If Bouknight were on the roster next season, he’d open camp behind Poole and the eventual return of [Klay] Thompson would create a little logjam.

"But it’s 2021. If the personnel demands it, plenty of teams survive (and even thrive) with three-guard lineups. Bouknight injects a scoring punch the roster lacks, even if it’s not the ideal positional fit."

The Warriors brought in Bouknight -- who will turn 21 years old Sept. 18 -- for a workout and interview at Chase Center last week.

The Brooklyn native averaged 18.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals over 15 games as a sophomore at UConn last season, while shooting just under 45 percent overall and 77.8 percent from the free-throw line.

 
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Various analysts are concerned about the fact he shot just 29.3 percent from beyond the arc.

"I just feel like the role I had at UConn, being that go-to-guy to go get the team a bucket when we need one, I sometimes took ill-advised, tough shots," Bouknight said at the NBA combine. "That came with the role I had.

"I’m not worried at all about my 3-point shot. Like at all. I think I’m going to surprise a lot of people.”

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