Warriors

Warriors

The Warriors (12-43) have the worst record in the NBA, and most likely will end up with a top-five pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. It's possible they land the No. 1 overall selection.

At this point, nobody has any clue what Golden State is going to do. Will the Dubs trade the pick? Will they go with "best player available" or draft for positional need? 

The picture won't become clearer until at least May 19 when the NBA Draft Lottery is held, and we know exactly where the Warriors will be picking.

Certain mock drafts have Golden State taking big man James Wiseman because of the franchise's need to add a center. It sounds like Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban believes that would be a mistake.

NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh had Cuban as a guest on the latest episode of "The Habershow" podcast, and Cuban provided the following answer when asked why Luka Doncic fell to No. 3 overall in the 2018 NBA Draft:

"Every team has to make their own choice. Also, context matters. Why was Sam Bowie drafted No. 1? Because Portland had Clyde Drexler. Luka will be the last year where there was a bias towards bigs.

"Historically, if there was a Shaquille O'Neal, a transcendental big, you always have to take him. But I think what we've learned watching the all-time greats -- in the conversation of Jordan, LeBron, Kobe -- they all had the ability to bring the ball up and are not dependent on somebody else to get them the ball.

"And in a wide open game the way it is now, that's even more important. Luka prototypes are going to be the 1s going forward. And the bigs are gonna be the running backs of the NFL."

Unfortunately for the Warriors, nobody thinks there is a "Luka prototype" in this year's crop of players. Most evaluators agree that the talent pool is weaker compared to prior years.

 

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But Cuban definitely is correct in that wings and guards have greater value in today's NBA. Big men, while still important, are considered more interchangeable. Yet still, his perspective doesn't automatically translate to every draft, as context matters.

No matter what the Warriors end up doing in the upcoming draft, we probably aren't going to know for a year or two (or even longer) whether it was the "right" move or not.

Fans simply have to trust the front office's decision-making and vision.

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