There has been a ton of speculation circling around the NBA about what the Warriors will do with the 2nd overall pick in the 2020 draft. Will they package it in a trade or will they make a selection? Only Bob Myers can answer that question.
What we do know is the Warriors have valuable assets that could land them another star player. Not only do they have the 2nd overall pick, but they also have a talented young core, star studded talent; and Minnesota’s protected 1st round pick in 2021. This gives the Warriors options. Lots of options.
Here are some of those options.
1. Stay Put
Bob Myers is in a unique situation because he already has a talented team. He doesn’t need to draft the next face of the franchise, or a guy who averages 20 PPG. However, he does need to draft a player that can contribute heavy minutes off the bench, provide additional scoring, and can lead the second unit when Steph and Klay are resting.
2. Trade Back For Roster Depth
If Bob Myers wants to focus on roster depth then trading back in the draft wouldn’t be a bad idea. Especially if Myers isn’t 100% sold on anyone at the top of the draft board. The Warriors need to address their bench. Trading the 2nd overall pick could rectify that need. For example, the Warriors could send the #2 overall pick to Sacramento in exchange for Marvin Bagley and the 12th overall pick. This would give Golden State more front-court depth, more young talent, and of course, another scoring threat. It also leaves the Warriors a 1st round pick, which could be used to draft a back-up point guard.
3. Package Pick in Blockbuster Trade
Names like Joel Embiid, Bradley Beal, and Giannis Antetokounpo have been mentioned as potential trade targets. The Warriors have a high draft pick in this years draft, a top-3 protected 1st rounder in 2021 from Minnesota. Additionally, the Warriors have young talent in Eric Pashcall and Jordan Poole that would draw interest in trade discussions.
It’s unclear whether or not Philadelphia is willing to deal Embiid, if Washington wants to pair Beal with John Wall, or if Antetokounpo will demand a trade this off-season.
We won’t have the answers to those questions until the season has concluded and free agency dates have been set. But it’s fun to speculate.