As soon as the Warriors landed the rights to the No. 2 overall pick in last Thursday's 2020 NBA Draft Lottery, speculation started to swirl as to how the Warriors might turn that asset into something that can benefit their quest back to the top of the NBA.
With many assuming that the Minnesota Timberwolves will draft Anthony Edwards at No. 1 overall, the consensus seemed to be that the Warriors would not draft a player at No. 2 and instead would trade back in the draft in order to add more assets while still selecting a player who can help them win in 2020-21.
However, it appears that might not be the case. There are a number of intriguing prospects who should be available at No. 2 overall, including Memphis center James Wiseman, and The Mercury News' Wes Goldberg reports the Warriors are preparing to take a player at No. 2 overall regardless of who is taken ahead of them.
"Of course. The Warriors will listen to pitches for the No. 2 pick, but league sources indicate they are prepared to select a player no matter what the Timberwolves do at No. 1."
If the Timberwolves do draft Edwards at No. 1 overall, Wiseman, LaMelo Ball, Deni Avdija and other top prospects still will be on the board for the Warriors. Of course, president of basketball operations Bob Myers and coach Steve Kerr find themselves in a unique position as they are looking to find a prospect who can contribute to a title run immediately and become one of the next faces of the franchise down the line.
There should be a number of teams sitting below the Warriors in the draft who would like to trade up to No. 2 and select Wiseman, Ball of Avdija. If Myers and Kerr don't feel there is a prospect who can fill both their needs or believe they can get a similar player lower in the draft while adding more draft assets then they could look to the New York Knicks (No. 8 overall), Detroit Pistons (No. 7) and Cleveland Cavaliers (No. 5) as potential trade down partners.
Most teams enter the draft lottery looking for a piece to build around as they begin their hopeful ascent to championship contention.
But the Warriors will enter the 2020-21 season fully healthy and ready to reenter the fray as one of the Western Conference's top championship threats. They are not in search of a long-term project or a talented prospect to go through growing pains with. They are in search of something specific. A player with the talent to become a star but whose youth won't hamper them as they try to maximize the rest of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green's prime.
It's a tight rope Myers and Kerr have to walk. Wiseman could be their guy at No. 2. But it still feels like trading the pick will be their best option by the time the draft rolls around.