The Golden State Warriors are reportedly eyeing a wing in the 2020 NBA Draft.
The Golden State Warriors are just about a month away from the 2020 NBA Draft and rumors continue to swirl about what they might do with their second overall pick.
While many seem to believe that the Warriors will end up trading the pick, flipping the selection for a player, there’s still a large portion of people who think that they’ll use it for themselves.
At this point, every option is still on the table. But we’re not here to talk about trade possibilities. Instead, we’re going to discuss what type of player they might target if they use the pick.
Some seem to believe it will be Memphis center James Wiseman. That pick would certainly fill an immediate need, but that isn’t what the reported consensus is among NBA front offices.
In a recent 2020 NBA Mock Draft from Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, it was revealed that “multiple front offices believe Golden State’s preference is to draft a wing.”
That would indicate that Wiseman isn’t the expected pick if they don’t opt to trade the selection. Instead, it could be a number of wing players.
Which wings could the Warriors target in the 2020 NBA Draft?
Perhaps the best wing in the class is Georgia’s Anthony Edwards who projects best as a shooting guard in the NBA. The upside from Edwards is apparent and it could make him the No. 1 overall pick in a relatively weak draft class at the top.
Edwards makes some degree of sense for the Warriors and it’s likely he’s the consensus best player in the class — if there is a consensus — but there’s no guarantee he’s on the board at No. 2 anyway.
In fact, O’Connor doesn’t even believe Edwards would be the best fit for Golden State. In his mock, he has the Warriors selecting Israel’s Deni Avdija with the No. 2 overall pick.
At 6-foot-9, Avdija is a very different player than Edwards. More of a small forward/power forward by trade, Avdija is a versatile defender who offers upside as a plus-playmaker on offense.
In 33 games for Maccabi Tel Aviv last season, Avdija shot 52.6 percent overall and 35.3 percent from 3-point range. He would be an ideal fit as a possible 3-and-D wing at the NBA level, something Steve Kerr‘s system heavily emphasizes.
If not Avdija, other top wings who could be available are Auburn’s Isaac Okoro, Florida State’s Patrick Williams, and even Dayton’s Obi Toppin who can double as a big/wing hybrid.
If the Warriors are interested in a wing, however, Avdija certainly makes the most sense.