Warriors' five best options for potential No. 1 NBA Draft pick
Anthony Edwards, SG, Georgia
We'll start with the obvious one, as Edwards is the name most consistently linked to the Warriors at No. 1 by draft experts, and with good reason.
Edwards lit up the SEC in his freshman season at Georgia, averaging 19 points and five rebounds per game for the Bulldogs.
The Atlanta native has the potential to be a do-it-all combo guard in the NBA, combining impressive size (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) with a vast catalogue of ways to score. Edwards also has a cerebral ability to see the game and has a mental maturity for the game beyond his years.
Edwards could stand to improve his outside shooting, as he was just 29 percent from three during his one collegiate season. He also has shown a propensity for committing turnovers, and can play out of control at times.
Were Edwards to wind up being selected by general manager Bob Myers, he potentially could start alongside the Splash Brothers or be one of the NBA's most electric sixth men on a revamped Warriors roster. Andrew Wiggins' presence in the lineup could complicate Edwards' potential fit, but if the Warriors want the best player available at No. 1, the Peach State native is that player.
Obi Toppin, PF, Dayton
Toppin came out of relative obscurity to become a household name, earning the Naismith Award as the nation's top collegiate player.
The Dayton product averaged 20 points and 7.5 rebounds in his sophomore campaign, using elite athleticism to lead the nation in dunks.
Toppin is a high flyer who can play the 3, 4, and 5, who also shot almost 42 percent from three in college, although he had a limited sample size.
His defensive ability will be tested at the next level, as he didn't demonstrate a strong ability to defend quicker forwards on the perimeter. His rebounding numbers also raise questions given his physical attributes.
However, Toppin has expressed a desire to be drafted by the Warriors, and his versatility only would add to Golden State's deep lineup.
James Wiseman, C, Memphis
Wiseman has been atop NBA Draft boards since well before he began his freshman season at Memphis, as the big man used a 7-foot-6 wingspan to terrorize college basketball.
But eligibility concerns brought Wiseman's season to an abbreviated end, with his collegiate career lasting just three games.
He not only can command the paint on defense like the dominant NBA centers of yesteryear, but Wiseman can run the floor and finish in transition with authority.
Wiseman is a relative unknown given how little we've gotten to see him play, but his potential is as high as anyone in this draft. Especially for a team devoid of a cornerstone center, Wiseman could be the next great superstar in the Bay Area.
LaMelo Ball, PG, Illawarra Hawks
Ball unquestionably is this year's most polarizing prospect. Coming from the infamous Ball family, LaMelo looks to join his brother Lonzo in the NBA.
America is more familiar with Ball than any other prospect in this draft, as his life has been a reality show since he was a teenager.
Standing at between 6-foot-6 to 6-foot-8, Ball instantly would be one of the league's tallest point guards. Competing in Australia's NBL this past season, he averaged 17 points, 7.5 assists, and 7 rebounds in one of the world's top professional leagues.
His shot selection is very questionable at times, and Ball needs to put on size in order to be aa durable NBA player.
The ceiling is extremely high for Ball, and although his father has made some demands of whatever team selects LaMelo, he could be a triple-double machine in the right NBA system.
Deni Avdija, SF, Maccabi Tel Aviv
Avdija is the great unknown commodity in this draft, having played professionally in Israel for his entire career.
Based on the film available, Avdija can score in a variety of ways and has ideal size (6-foot-9) for a hybrid forward in today's NBA. The basketball IQ he's shown early in his career is rare.
His shooting ability both at the free throw and behind the 3-point line leaves something to be desired, and it remains to be seen how he'll match up defensively when consistently going against NBA talent on a nightly basis.
For every European success story like Luka Doncic, there are players like Jan Veseley that fail to live up to a top-10 designation. But Avdija has a chance to come in and immediately become an impact player in the NBA next year, wherever he winds up.