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NBA rumors: Warriors using 'IQ tests' during Zoom draft interviews

NBA rumors: Warriors using 'IQ tests' during Zoom draft interviews

NBA teams use a variety of methods to evaluate prospects during the pre-draft process. Private workouts, one-on-one meetings and team-hosted scrimmages help front office personnel make their assessments on each player.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, NBA teams have been forced to resort to unique methods for appraising the 2020 draft class. The Warriors reportedly are among a handful of teams resorting to “IQ tests” as a method this offseason, Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman reported earlier this week.

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General manager Bob Myers likely will be in possession of a top-five pick whenever the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery takes place, so it’s understandable that he and his staff would want a full and thorough evaluation of whoever the Warriors select.

Golden State seems to be trying to maximize the limited amount of interaction each NBA team is allowed to have given the pandemic.

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Steve Kerr reveals one of Warriors' main priorities during offseason

Steve Kerr reveals one of Warriors' main priorities during offseason

If we assume Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins start at power forward and small forward respectively for the Warriors next season, where does that leave Eric Paschall?

Ideally, he would play about 25 minutes per night and close some games alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond and Wiggins.

Is that a lineup that truly can work and cause problems for opponents?

"It's really hard to play groups that have more than one non-shooter," Golden State coach Steve Kerr told The Athletic's David Aldridge and BIG Wos on the "Hoops, Adjacent" podcast. "If you can have all five guys as shooters, now you got the floor spaced and it's so hard to defend that. So a big part of our offseason is working with Eric on his 3-point shooting ... he showed the ability to knock them down but (he) can be more consistent.

"And then if we can get Draymond back to where he was with his 3-point shooting ... a big part of the offseason is really trying to get those guys back in a consistent mode with their 3-point shooting. That really opens up a lot of possibilities offensively and lineup-combination wise."

Paschall -- who shot under 29 percent from deep as a rookie -- acknowledged back in December that he would use the offseason to change the form and mechanics on his 3-point shot.

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Draymond shot 38.8 percent from beyond the arc during the 2015-16 season (when he was Second-Team All-NBA), but made less than 30 percent of his triples over the last four regular seasons combined.

"I've kind of had to restructure my jump shot, kind of restructure my whole body," the three-time NBA champion said on the "All the Smoke" podcast in April. "After we swept the Cavs in the (2018) Finals, my hip was bothering me. The next day, I couldn't really walk.

"I ended up getting my hips checked out and stuff, and there were some issues. I had to recorrect -- strengthen my core, which is something I never even really knew. In doing all of that, it kind of changed my shot because it changed the way I lift up.

"If I can get that back to above 36 percent -- possibly shoot 40 percent, which I know I'm more than capable of -- the league is in trouble again if I can do that. That's my goal."

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As for Wiggins, he's a career 33 percent shooter from distance. But it's very reasonable to expect that number to improve as he attempts a lot more wide open catch-and-shoot 3s within the Warriors' offense.

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Steve Kerr, Warriors will approach Chicago bubble 'like summer league'

Steve Kerr, Warriors will approach Chicago bubble 'like summer league'

Steve Kerr made headlines a month ago when he said the Warriors would not be interested in participating in some sort of summer league with the teams not playing in Orlando.

On Thursday, Golden State's coach provided an update on his perspective as a guest on The Athletic's "Hoops, Adjacent" podcast with David Aldridge and BIG Wos.

"Originally when it was announced that the 22 teams would go to Orlando, we felt like the other eight of us would probably be allowed to do some kind of an in-market training camp. And that is the most preferable scenario for us and frankly for most of the teams," Kerr explained. "But like everything else in the world, there are just so many factors here.

"I respect where the NBA is coming from, where the players' association is coming from, where the guidelines are coming from -- so this is really complex.

"We're gonna do whatever the league asks us to do. If that means going to Chicago for a bubble, then we'll do it."

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Well there you have it.

But don't expect players like Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins to join the team in the "Windy City." In fact, it's very possible Kerr doesn't make the trip either.

When Aldridge said, "I got to imagine at the very least, younger guys would be the core of your group, right? And maybe some of the younger coaches, frankly, might make that trip," Kerr was transparent.

"We really haven't had a chance to talk about it, but I think those are pretty good assumptions to make," the eight-time NBA champion said. "It would feel like a summer league. If we go to Chicago, it's purely for development."

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So guys like Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole, Alen Smailagic and Marquese Chriss would be expected to take the floor.

It's safe to assume new details will emerge at some point this month, but the overwhelming majority of the league's focus right now -- understandably -- is on Orlando.

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