Warriors have third-hardest schedule in NBA after All-Star break

Warriors have third-hardest schedule in NBA after All-Star break

Wins haven't been easy to come by for the Warriors this season. It looks like it won't be any easier for Golden State after the All-Star break, either. 

Odds Shark's Joe Osborne took a look at the remaining strength of schedule for all 30 NBA teams, and it doesn't look good for the Dubs. The Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies are the only two teams with harder schedules the rest of the way. 

The Warriors, at 12-43, have the worst record in the NBA. They lost just 49 regular-season games combined the last two seasons, but this is a much different team. Kevin Durant is gone. Steph Curry has only played four games. And Klay Thompson likely won't play at all this season as he rehabs a torn ACL. 

That doesn't even include the departure of veterans Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. 

There's a silver lining to this season full of losses, though. The Warriors have lost four straight games and are 2 1/2 games ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks for the worst record in the NBA. This only increases their chances of landing a top pick in the draft. 

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Though this year's draft is considered far worse than 2021, a top-five draft pick always is a great asset. Golden State could use it in a trade or select a top prospect like center James Wiseman, guard Anthony Edwards, guard LaMelo Ball or big man Deni Avdija. 

The Warriors still are in the business of wins and refuse to acknowledge anything otherwise. But they clearly look like they're on the path to a top draft pick, and that only can help them reload for another championship run next season.

Eric Paschall reveals Warriors teammate he'd quarantine with right now

Eric Paschall reveals Warriors teammate he'd quarantine with right now

Programming note: Relive Game 5 of the 2015 Western Conference Finals when NBC Sports Bay Area re-airs the Warriors' win over the Rockets on Thursday, April 2 at 8 p.m. PT.

Warriors rookie forward Eric Paschall is following the shelter-in-place rules.

He is practicing social distancing and doing his part to flatten the curve.

But if he had to quarantine with one of his Warriors teammates right now, who would he pick?

"Ohhhhhhh. Ummmmm. I would choose my man Ky Bowman," Paschall told Mark Willard of KNBR 680 on Wednesday night. "He's always in a positive mood. His energy is unmatched.

"Definitely Ky. Me and him live in the same complex so I could do that anyway. But definitely my man Ky. We'd be compatible."

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It's safe to assume Paschall never thought he would be asked that question after the Warriors selected him with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

But the world has been turned upside down and here we are.

Lastly, Willard asked Paschall why he wears No. 7 with the Dubs.

[RELATED: Paschall refuses to bash Kerr when baited by Jefferson]

"All the other numbers I used to wear were taken," the Villanova product said. "No. 11 -- obviously I can't get that one. Klay Thompson has it. No. 14 is retired, No. 24 is retired and No. 4 -- Omari (Spellman) had. But at the time, Quinn Cook had it.

"So I was just stuck with seven ... I'm gonna stick with seven because it's a new journey in my life."

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Why NBA draft analyst would take LaMelo Ball at No. 1 for Warriors

Why NBA draft analyst would take LaMelo Ball at No. 1 for Warriors

We have no clue when the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery or 2020 NBA Draft will take place.

We have no clue if the Warriors will have the No. 1 overall pick, or the No. 2 pick, or the No. 3 pick, or the No. 4 pick, etc.

But for the sake of content, we can make some assumptions and discuss some hypotheticals, right?

And that's what Mike Schmitz -- ESPN's NBA draft analyst -- did last night with Scott Van Pelt when examining what the Warriors might do if they end up with the grand prize:

"Golden State has a plethora of options here when you're talking about James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards and potentially LaMelo Ball. Every scout, every GM, every executive I talked to all year called this a 'needs-based draft.' This is a 'fit draft.' They don't see a transcendent talent.

"So when you look at Golden State's roster, that's where Wiseman makes some sense. I think he can be a DeAndre Jordan for the Splash Brothers -- rim runner, lob catcher, shot blocker. And then you have Anthony Edwards also, who is a very talented three-level scorer.

"Personally -- if I had the pick -- I would still go with LaMelo Ball. I think he's the most talented prospect in the draft. I'd be very interested to see his fit in that style. This is a team that likes to get up and down, they like to shoot 3s, they like to play off of instincts.

"Steph is not a point guard who traditionally really pounds the ball or needs it in his hands. I think it would be a great place for a guy like LaMelo Ball to develop."

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Speaking of Wiseman and Ball, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco reported the following Wednesday:

According to multiple league sources The Chronicle contacted in the past few days, the Warriors — contrary to what mock drafts might suggest — aren’t believed to be high on two of the three players being mentioned as possibilities at the No. 1 pick: former Memphis center James Wiseman and point guard LaMelo Ball, who last played for the Illawarra Hawks of Australia’s National Basketball League.

Schmitz, clearly, is very high on Ball. And so is Sam Vecenie of The Athletic, who just moved Ball to the top of his big board.

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As Vecenie writes:

There was no single player in this draft class that consistently left me in awe as much as Ball ... if Ball reaches his ceiling, he has the most potential to be an absolute difference-maker.

Really, it's all going to come down to the shooting. If Ball can hit shots, he's going to be a perennial All-Star.

Does Warriors general manager Bob Myers -- and the rest of the front office -- feel the same way?

We will find out ... eventually.

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