Warriors' five best win-now fits among 2020 NBA Draft prospects
No. 5: SF Saddiq Bey, Villanova
Bey possesses all the abilities the Warriors would need right away from a top draft pick. Strong ability to shoot from range, defensive versatility and an unselfish playing style would allow him to mesh quickly with the Warriors' best lineups. The 21-year-old shot 41.8 percent from 3-point range over two collegiate seasons and won the 2019-20 Julius Erving Award, traditionally given to the nation's top small forward.
Villanova players tend to be pro-ready the minute they step onto an NBA court (ex: Eric Paschall, Milwaukee Bucks guard Donte DiVincenzo), and Bey could be next in line. He is expected to be a late first-round pick, but Bey could be the sleeper of this year's class for the Warriors if they traded back.
No. 4: PG Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State
Haliburton's highlights might remind Warriors fans of former swingman Shaun Livingston. The 6-foot-5 Haliburton shows incredible court vision and ability to distribute while being able to shoot over smaller guards. The Iowa State product connected on 42.6 percent of his 3-point attempts in his college career and excels at either guard spot.
Listed at just 175 pounds, Haliburton will need to bulk up. But his gaudy numbers on both ends of the court make him a perfect captain of the second unit for a contending team next year. For the Warriors, Haliburton would be a sizable upgrade over Jordan Poole as a backup point guard to Steph Curry.
No. 3: SF Devin Vassell, Florida State
Vassell is another prototypical 3-and-D wing who could be an instant contributor on a playoff team in 2020-21. At Florida State, Vassell utilized his 6-foot-9 wingspan as an elite defender at multiple positions and helped the Seminoles win the Atlantic Coast Conference in his sophomore season. He also shot 41.7 percent from long distance in college and was an extremely efficient player on the offensive end.
He didn't show as much of a propensity for attacking the basket as you'd like to see, but Vassell is a versatile player who will fit nicely into most NBA rosters. One NBA comparison that continually pops up for Vassell is Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green, who helped dethrone the Warriors with the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals.
No. 2: PF Onyeka Okongwu, USC
Okongwu is one of the best athletes in this year's class. As a freshman, he led the Pac-12 in PER (31.2) and shot 72.2 percent from the free-throw line. Only four other NCAA major conference freshman have finished with a PER over 30 and shot at least 70 percent from the stripe since 2011-12: Anthony Davis, Cody Zeller, Karl-Anthony Towns and DeAndre Ayton.
The Warriors reportedly have Okongwu ranked above Memphis big man James Wiseman, and with a guaranteed top-five pick in October's draft, the two could be a perfect match. Pundits have likened the 6-foot-9 Okongwu to Miami Heat burgeoning star Bam Adebayo, who is a favorite to be named the NBA's Most Improved Player in 2019-20.
No. 1: SF/PF Obi Toppin, Dayton
Just about every Warriors fan who has done some digging into this year's draft class knows Toppin's name. The forward won both the Wooden and Naismith awards in 2019-20, which are each given to the nation's top collegiate player. Behind the Dayton product, the Flyers were one of the top teams in the country this past season and he offers a rare skillset for a 6-foot-9 player.
Toppin's eye-popping 68.4 true shooting percentage shows his efficiency at all levels of the offense, and the forward would be an ideal second-unit player who could spell either Andrew Wiggins or Draymond Green late in a playoff game. Not to mention, Toppin's parents have said they would like to see him play for Steve Kerr and the Warriors in the NBA. Sounds like a great fit to me.