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Curry's trainer names player for Warriors with No. 2 draft pick

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Steph Curry's personal trainer, Brandon Payne, knows a thing or two about basketball.

So who would Payne take with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft if he was Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers?

"The guy that really stands out to me is Anthony Edwards," he recently said on the "WarriorsWorld" podcast. "I think Anthony Edwards is outstanding. I think he's a guy that can do a lot of good things. I think he's a guy that can score and defend from Day 1.

"So with that number two pick, if he's there, I think that's your call -- unless you're looking to make a trade."

The intel on Edwards has been all over the place the last several months.

The San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau in mid-August wrote: "Golden State believes, per a league source, that Edwards is one of the few players available in this draft who can contribute immediately and develop into a face of the franchise within the next few seasons."

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman in late September wrote: "Teams are worried about Edwards' drive and enthusiasm for winning, and according to a source, the Golden State Warriors aren't a likely landing spot due to these concerns."

 

And Wasserman on Wednesday wrote: "We're hearing there is more support for James Wiseman than Anthony Edwards in Golden State's front office."

See what I mean?

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Edwards -- who turned 19 years old back on Aug. 5 -- averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals during his one college season at Georgia. While he had some monster performances, he shot 40 percent overall and 29.4 percent from 3-point territory across 32 games.

But Payne believes in his upside and potential.

As for Golden State's roster, Payne pinpointed two areas that need to be addressed during the offseason.

"You can't really look at the draft as an isolated thing," he told WarriorsWorld. "You gotta consider free agency (and) other roster moves that can be made. The two things that they really probably want to accomplish in this offseason -- try to get a little more athletic at the wing, and bring in some rim protection.

"When you look at the teams that they will have to play in order to get through to the Western Conference finals -- and hopefully win the Western Conference finals -- I think those are the two areas where they can improve the most."

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Yes and yes.

Edwards is 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, with a 6-foot-9 wingspan. He instantly would make the Warriors more athletic, as he can do things like this:

"I think he needs to work on attacking the basket a little more," Edwards' brother, Antoine, told Dell and Sonya Curry (Steph's parents) months back. "He settles for the jump shot a lot when he's pretty strong and big.

"He gets to the hole with contact -- people slapping and grabbing his arm -- and he still can lay the ball up."

Yours truly cannot wait to see what the Warriors ultimately do in the draft.

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