Warriors coach Steve Kerr recently said he has been spending part of his days in quarantine interviewing NBA draft prospects over Zoom.
So he -- and presumably general manager Bob Myers -- have been getting to know some of the players projected to go in the top five like Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball, James Wiseman and Isaac Okoro, right?
"Most of those (Zoom conversations), sources say, have been with non-lottery, non-first round prospects, allowing them to gain a wide view of the draft landscape and sharpen up their virtual process before the lottery happens, their exact position is known and the real pre-draft fun begins," The Atheltic's Anthony Slater wrote.
This makes a lot of sense.
The NBA Draft Lottery has been postponed indefinitely, so the Warriors don't know where they are slotted to pick yet. Teams are allowed to speak with any given prospect for a total of four hours, so why "waste" some of those precious minutes before you know your exact draft position?
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Understandably so, Warriors fans and the media are focused on the Warriors' high pick, but Golden State does have two second-round selections as well.
When the Dubs traded Willie Cauley-Stein to the Dallas Mavericks in late January, they acquired the Utah Jazz's second-rounder. And when they shipped Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III to the Philadelphia 76ers just before the deadline in early February, they netted the Mavs' second-round pick.
So, the front office needs to canvass the entire draft and get familiar with a lot of players.