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Warriors take Edwards at No. 1 in ESPN's latest mock draft

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Despite finishing with the worst record in the NBA, the Warriors just have a 14 percent chance of winning the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery.

When it comes to landing the No. 1 overall pick, they share the same odds as the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers.

But if the ping pong balls bounce in their favor Thursday night -- and if they don't trade the selection -- who will they take?

In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Jonathan Givony has Golden State going with Anthony Edwards with the No. 1 pick.

"His freshman season was inconsistent, but he's a powerful athlete with tremendous shot-making prowess who has significant upside to grow into on both ends of the floor," Givony writes.

Edwards -- who turned 19 years old Aug. 5 -- averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals for the Georgia Bulldogs. He did struggle with efficiency, shooting 40 percent overall and 29.4 percent from 3-point territory.

"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," the San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau wrote last week.

It's unclear if Warriors general manager Bob Myers traveled to see Edwards in person at some point during the season. Is it possible the two-time NBA Executive of the Year ends up drafting somebody he didn't get a chance to watch up close and personal?

 

"Yeah it is. It absolutely is -- which makes you a little uncomfortable to be honest," Myers told reporters Monday on a conference call. "It's a rare thing. Even if you missed a game, you would at least get to see that player most likely in your own facility.

"It may not be me. It may (have been) somebody else in the group (who) saw him. I think we've got everybody covered in that capacity. I would have liked to have seen some guys more than I did. But if you're talking about me, that's a possibility.

"If you're talking about our group -- between us all -- somebody would have seen the (prospect) play (in a game)."

Golden State assistant general manager Larry Harris was at the Maui Invitational in November when Edwards dropped 33 points in the second half against Michigan State.

The 6-foot-5 guard put on an incredible show that afternoon.

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We do for sure know that Myers was in attendance when potential No. 1 overall pick James Wiseman took the court for Memphis when the Tigers played the Oregon Ducks on Nov. 12.

Myers also flew to the Midwest in early January to see Iowa State guard Tyrese Haliburton (No. 9 in ESPN's mock draft) play against the Kansas Jayhawks.

The 2020 NBA Draft is scheduled to take place Oct. 16.

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