Although the Golden State Warriors are a modern dynasty, their 2019-20 campaign was one to forget. Due to a combination of injuries and roster turnover, the team simply stunk. The silver lining to that, though, was scoring the second-overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft.
While there are plenty of possibilities come draft night, Steph Curry recently shared his preference on social media. In his mind, the Golden State Warriors could use a bit of additional height on the roster.
The Golden State Warriors are in a good position ahead of the 2020 NBA draft
Under ordinary circumstances, teams with high draft picks are in a pretty bad position. The Golden State Warriors, however, aren’t looking at a massive rebuild.
While it would be naive to say the Warriors had a good season—they finished the year 15-50, which was the worst record in the entire league—their struggles were understandable. Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston all left town; Klay Thompson missed the entire season recovering from a torn ACL, and Steph Curry also spent a chunk of the season on the sidelines.
Those struggles, however, came with a silver lining. Although the Warriors didn’t win the NBA draft lottery, they’ll still have the second-overall pick. Whether the club selects a blue-chip prospect or trades the pick for an established player, they’ll be adding some additional talent to support Curry and Thompson.
Steph Curry wants to add some size
While he’s not formally involved in the franchise’s decision making, the Golden State Warriors probably place at least some stock in Steph Curry’s opinion. Even if they haven’t directly asked him, though, the guard recently shared his thoughts about the 2020 NBA draft.
During a recent Instagram Live, which was shared on Twitter by Chris Montano, Curry was asked about which members of the upcoming draft class would be a good fit for the Warriors. Without naming names, he did seem to tip his hand a bit.
Although the first part of Curry’s answer wasn’t included in the clip, the guard did say that the Warriors “probably need some size” on their roster.
The Golden State Warriors could add size by selecting James Wiseman in the 2020 NBA draft
At this point, it’s unclear what the Golden State Warriors will do with the second-overall pick. If the front office decides to follow Steph Curry’s draft advice, though, there’s one obvious player to target: James Wiseman.
Wiseman, who (briefly) played his college ball at Memphis, clocks in at more than seven-feet tall; he would instantly slot into the lineup as the Warriors’ top big man. While picking a center can be a risky proposition—who can forget the likes of Sam Bowie and Greg Oden, among others—it does seem to make Golden State.
As Ethan Strauss explained in The Athletic, the Warriors aren’t in a desperate situation like other lottery teams; they can draft to fill in the gaps around Curry and Thompson rather than needing to acquire talent above all else. Given the presence of Anthony Davis and Nikola Jokic in the Western Conference, selecting a big man makes some sense.
It is worth noting, though, that the Charlotte Hornets seem to have a strong interest in Wiseman, too. If the Warriors think their offer is too good to refuse, they could trade back and select someone like Onyeka Okongwu or Obi Toppin. While neither of those players has Wiseman’s pure size, Golden State could prioritize getting an overall better haul instead of chasing one specific player.
No matter what happens on draft night, though, one thing is clear: barring another bout of bad luck, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors won’t be a cellar dweller again next season.