NBA 2020 Lottery Mock Draft: Who will fall to the Warriors and Sacramento Kings?

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41. . Shooting Guard. Golden State Warriors. Anthony Edwards. 2. player

Here‘s the first Bay Area team! After the Warriors’ recent stretch of dominance, it’s almost odd to picture the team selecting with a top-two pick.

There is still a real chance the team elects to trade this pick for a proven veteran. However, if they do decide to capitalize on their chance to add an elite rookie, Edwards should be their man.

Edwards’ scoring ability is obvious anytime he steps on a court. He has the height and shooting ability to get his own shot at will. His natural athleticism and 255-pound frame also make him dangerous when he decides to drive the ball into the paint.

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If he is able to build on his scoring strengths and develop as a defender, he should draw comparisons to All-Stars such as Victor Oladipo and Donovan Mitchell.

While some consider LaMelo Ball to be the more appealing overall prospect, there are questions as to how his unique game would fit in Steve Kerr’s offense.

LaMelo’s passing ability and defense would be an immediate asset to any team. However, Ball’s shooting constraints may create offensive issues for a team like Golden State.

Both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are expected to make full recoveries from their injuries by the start of next season. It appears as though Draymond Green will also be back as a stretch-big man.

The Warriors are at their most dangerous when they are able to spread their shooters and create maximum space. Ball’s sub-25 percent three-point shooting in Australia could be an albatross that creates spacing issues for the team’s other stars.

Edwards’ combination of size and shooting ability make him the clear choice for the Warriors if Wiseman is off the board.