Warriors have met virtually with both LaMelo Ball and James Wiseman

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The Golden State Warriors have met with both LaMelo Ball and James Wiseman ahead of the 2020 NBA Draft.

The Golden State Warriors are in draft preparation mode with the announcement that their 2019-20 season has mercifully come to an end. In reality, this mindset has been shared by members of the organization for quite some time now.

But now that the season is officially declared over, the franchise is in full swing preparing for the eventual NBA Draft later in the fall.

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While it’s unknown exactly where the Warriors will be picking in the draft, their NBA-worst 15-50 record guarantees them a top-five pick. That means that they should have the opportunity to select one of the draft’s top prospects.

As one would expect, the team is doing their due diligence when it comes to scouting the best prospects in this year’s class. Two players who have been connected to the Warriors in recent mock drafts are Memphis center James Wiseman and point guard LaMelo Ball.

And it appears as though the Warriors have already held virtual meetings with both draft prospects.

Per The Athletic’s Anthony Slater, the Warriors have already met with both Wiseman and Ball over Zoom and should be given the opportunity to meet with them and other prospects in person at some point.

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The Warriors have shown interest in both James Wiseman and LaMelo Ball for a while now.

This obviously shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.

Both Wiseman and Ball are in the conversation for the No. 1 overall pick and each seems like a surefire top-five lock. And you could really make a valid argument that the Warriors should draft either one of them.

Wiseman undoubtedly would fill the team’s biggest needs at center with the size and athleticism to be an All-Star-caliber player one day. But his lack of consistency and intangibles have some questioning whether he will ever reach his ceiling in the NBA.

Ball, on the other hand, is the best pure point guard in the draft with excellent ball-handling and facilitating abilities. However, the fit isn’t as obvious with both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson occupying the Warriors backcourt and with Ball’s subpar outside shot.

Ball might be the better overall prospect, but Wiseman is a better fit. There’s an argument to be made for both.

Ultimately, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Warriors ended up selecting either one of these players by the time the 2020 NBA Draft finally comes around. But of course, there’s still plenty of time to think about their decision.

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Nonetheless, Warriors fans would be wise to keep an eye on both James Wiseman and LaMelo Ball in the months leading up to the draft — not that we didn’t already know that.