What Warriors' Bob Myers still hopes to learn about NBA draft prospects


When the NBA Draft Lottery is held Aug. 20, the Warriors will end up with a top-five pick.

Golden State general manager Bob Myers recently was a guest on ABC7 News Bay Area's "With Authority" podcast, and host Larry Beil went out of his way to express how much he likes Dayton's Obi Toppin.

Needless to say, the two-time NBA Executive of the Year didn't comment specifically on the 6-foot-9 big man. But he did re-emphasize how important face-to-face interaction with a prospect is for someone in his position.

"We don't even know what pick we have. So there's that," Myers said at first. "Secondly, just like when you would hire someone or commit a lot of money to them -- which is what we would be doing with a top-five pick -- I would just like more information.

"We saw some stuff (on film), but we were unable to see anybody in person like we normally would. Hopefully that's a possibility. I don't know. Interview somebody in person. Those are things that matter in some respects, and move the needle one way or the other.

"Really, the hardest thing in all of this is finding out who somebody is. That matters. Even though we all loved Steph Curry at Davidson, I'm not sure we all knew how unique of a human being he was ... I don't think anybody knew who he was.

"So when we draft somebody, we really gotta try to figure that out. And we haven't had the chance to do that yet with any guy yet."


And they might never get that opportunity.

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Myers and coach Steve Kerr have been able to converse with potential draft targets via Zoom. But because of the restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, there's a chance the Warriors will pick somebody they have never sat down with up close and personal.

This makes you wonder if the front office will be more inclined to trade the selection, regardless of where it lands.

"I value body language, eye contact and those type of things," Myers said in early June. "Even seeing a guy move within your own gym -- you want to see them. Even if it's 1-on-0. There's value in that.

"And additionally, you're not just hiring someone -- you're guaranteeing them tens of millions of dollars for some of these top picks. The comfort level diminishes the less exposure and interaction you have.

"If it's all virtual, you do the best you can."

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If all goes according to plan, the draft will be held Oct. 16. But that is subject to change because a lot can happen between then and now.

And Myers is hoping he learns a lot more over the next couple months about the prospects he will be choosing from.

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