The Golden State Warriors have officially landed the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
The Golden State Warriors went into Thursday’s NBA Draft Lottery with a 14 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick. Unfortunately, they fell just short of that selection.
When the dust settled, the Minnesota Timberwolves were awarded the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft while the Warriors were given the No. 2 pick.
And while some will undoubtedly be disappointed by this, it’s ultimately hard to complain. After all, the team entered Thursday with a 47.9 percent chance of missing out on the top-four altogether.
The Warriors had just a 27.4 percent chance of landing inside the top-two. So with that in mind, fans should be pretty happy that the team ended up with the No. 2 pick.
Now, of course, the attention will shift to what the Warriors will do with their first-round pick. Evidently, they’ll have plenty of options at their disposal.
The Warriors have plenty of options for their No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Those options will be limited by one, however, depending on who Minnesota selects with the top pick. Georgia guard Anthony Edwards makes a ton of sense, but there’s no consensus first overall pick this year.
If the Timberwolves pass on Edwards, it would be difficult for the Warriors to also pass. However, their crowded backcourt could leave Edwards without a defined role early on.
The same is true for a guy like LaMelo Ball who has also been heavily connected to Golden State. But as the team saw last season with the D’Angelo Russell addition, a crowded backcourt could produce problems down the line.
Perhaps a better fit from a schematic/positional perspective is Memphis center James Wiseman. There are questions regarding Wiseman’s lack of collegiate experience, but the big man is likely one of the best athletes in the draft.
If Wiseman can find an outside shot, he has a chance to be a really good pro player. But it remains to be seen just how high the Warriors are on him.
The most likely outcome might be to see the Warriors opt to trade the pick away — either in a trade down or a swap for a star player. And in the weeks leading up to the draft, that’s certainly something that everyone will keep in mind.
With a little less than a month until the draft, the Warriors have some time to figure out what their gameplan is. And now that everyone knows where they’ll be picking, let the speculation begin.