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Onyeka Okongwu great NBA draft fit for Warriors, Andy Enfield believes

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The Warriors have a big decision to make when it comes to the 2020 NBA Draft. Will they keep their top pick or trade it? If they do keep it, which prospect would prove immediate value to a team looking to contend next season while also presenting high upside for the future?

There are no transcendent talents in the 2020 class. No Zion Williamson, Anthony Davis or LeBron James. Top prospects Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman and LaMelo Ball top most draft boards, but there are a number of talented prospects who could fill a role for the Warriors next season.

While ball-dominant guards like Ball don't appear to fit the Warriors' plan, USC center Onyeka Okongwu might have the perfect mix of skill and upside to have the Warriors call his name. USC head coach Andy Enfield believes Okongwu would fit in nicely on Steve Kerr's team.

"He will fit with any team because he’s a winner," Enfield told SB Nation's Jas Kang. "He just helps you win. He’s done that since he was a freshman in high school. He played with Lonzo Ball when he was a senior and Onyeka was a freshman, he just helped everywhere on the court. He played his role on that team. He then learned how to lead a team both on the offensive and defensive ends as he got older.

"So, how is he going to help the Warriors? He’s going to fit in. He is a good passer, who will benefit from learning from Steph and Klay, but he will do a great job of supplementing their games.

 

"He can switch onto their men in a pick-and-roll situation without hesitation, and offensively he will finish around the rim. Because the Warriors -- if he would go there -- the Warriors have great scorers on their team, and he’s already experienced, and very good at doing the little things that help teams win. He’s a high-level rebounder, a high-level shot-blocker, he runs the floor, he seals in the post, and he can guard multiple positions. So he’s just gonna do multiple things on every possession, to give your team a chance to win.

"And so that’s, that’s how I think will fit into the Warriors or any other team in the league."

It's easy to see why Okongwu's potential could intrigue the Warriors.

The 19-year-old is a rim-running big man with good hands, nimble footwork and the ability to spin off either shoulder on the block. He is a high-energy player who has the ability to guard multiple positions, something Warriors coach Steve Kerr loves. He has a relentlessly high motor, and is a good rim protector who vacuums up rebounds and is a weapon in the paint.

Okongwu's offense, however, vanishes as he moves away from the paint. He has no 3-point shot. But with Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins, the Warriors appear to have that covered.

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At only 19, Okongwu has immense potential. Many believe he could blossom into an NBA star in a few years.

He will be a lottery pick. The Warriors probably wouldn't take him at No. 1, but it would be easy to see them trading down a few slots and adding Okongwu if they fall in love with him.

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