Golden State Warriors: Re-drafting the team’s last 3 first-round picks

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2018 (No. 28 Overall): Jacob Evans > Mitchell Robinson

It’s difficult making this call considering we’ve only seen about three months of these guys in the NBA. However, up to this point, Jacob Evans hasn’t done much of anything for the Warriors, having played a total of 92 minutes and scoring a whopping 13 points.

Considering the Warriors’ need at center, it would make more sense for them to use this pick on a high-upside prospect like Mitchell Robinson. The raw project came into the league with a lot of questions after he took a year off following his high school career, but he’s responded well while playing plenty of early minutes for the New York Knicks.

Now that’s not say he’s headed toward superstardom. We’ve got a long ways to go before we can even start talking about Robinson as a key piece of the Knicks’ inevitable rebuild. What he has shown is an ability to clean the glass and make life difficult for opposing shooters who venture into the paint. Then again, those were seen as his top two talents coming into the draft.

It just so happens the Warriors could use a little of both right now.

At the moment, Robinson is averaging 9.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per 36 minutes. The 7-1 center with superb athleticism and a freakish feel for protecting the rim would do wonders for this Golden State squad severely lacking in the center department.

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When this Warriors lineup is gelling, they’d absolutely serve as an excellent incubator for the young, inexperienced Robinson. Especially once DeMarcus Cousins returns the lineup, he’d be a terrific asset off the bench for Golden State.