Warriors’ Needs and Potential Picks

Deni Avdija
Maccabi’s versatile forward Deni Advija (#8) has been the subject of many recent draft rumors, with several tying him to the Warriors and the No. 2 overall pick. (Photo courtesy of EuroLeague)

Coming off their worst season since 2001, the Golden State Warriors have completely reset. Ideally, they can jumpstart another multi-year championship run with the help of this year’s draft. Due to their severe lack of wins this past season, they were awarded the second-overall pick in the NBA Draft, though this draft contains no guaranteed Zions or Lukas (that we know of now). In order to understand who the Warriors could select, you must understand their depth chart, team payroll, and what types of prospects would fit the bill. Due to uncertainty surrounding this pick, I have compiled a list of nine players who will be on Golden State’s radar.

Warriors' Payroll

Before the controversial acquisition of Kevin Durant, the Dubs’ motto and identity, Strength in Numbers, stood out because of their incredible bench units. In 2013-14, their bench included the likes of Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, David Lee, Mo Speights, and Leandro Barbosa. All of them were seasoned vets with playoff experience and designated roles. After Durant was signed, the money used to pay those essential bench players was quickly gone, leaving Golden State with G-leaguers and two-way reserves. 

Here we are in 2020, where we have witnessed an entire rebuild of the bench; the Warriors traded wing Iguodala and lost the rangy Livingston to retirement. Keep in mind, for the 2020-21 season, Golden State has only eight guaranteed contracts, while another five are non-guaranteed.  This is a top-heavy roster construction, with more than $130 million guaranteed to four players: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andrew Wiggins. 

This roster includes six rookies: Villanova forward Eric Paschall, Michigan guard Jordan Poole, Serbian big man Alen Smailagic, 23-year-old guard Ky Bowman, 26-year-old guard Mychal Mulder, and 27-year-old forward Juan Toscano Anderson. A trio of veterans occupy the remaining spots, 27-year-old wing Damion Lee, 24-year-old center Kevon Looney, and 23-year-old big man Marquese Chriss. Chriss and Lee have contracts that are partially guaranteed through the 2021 season, as do Toscano-Anderson, Mulder, and Bowman, who received regular minutes and showed potential as a backup guard behind Curry; the Boston College rookie guard played with enough defensive energy and grit to earn a guaranteed contract. This roster is incredibly liquid, and depending on how this draft and free-agency period plays out, anywhere between one and five of those non-guaranteed contracts could be retained. 

Behind Thompson, there are still questions about who will be the next backup shooting guard; Poole shot 29.5 percent from the field pre-All Star Break, but rapidly improved to 49.5 percent post break. Poole has an overwhelming level of confidence in his jumper, like former Warriors wing, Nick Young. He can hit difficult jumpers, but needs to work on his shot selection, especially early in the shot clock. 

In terms of small forwards, Wiggins is the future, whether you like it or not. He’s guaranteed on average, $31 million annually over the next three years, and was, by no means, regarded as a high-level asset last year. However, Coach Steve Kerr’s offense focuses on speed and constant ball movement, a brand of basketball Wiggins has never been a part of. The 25-year-old former number-one overall pick has always been knocked for his poor efficiency; he has not shot above 45 percent since 2017. Putting Wiggins in a role in which he’s deriving shots from the offensive system, instead of being the offense himself, is important to maximizing his efficiency.  Also, his untapped defensive potential could be put to use, as he’s considered potentially the team’s best perimeter defender against bigger wings, like Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James. Behind Wiggins, there isn’t much. They tried playing bigger lineups with Paschall on the wing, but he’s no deadeye from beyond the arc, which made lineups with Green an eyesore on offense. This season, both Green and Paschall shot far below average from beyond the arc, 27.9% and 28.7%, respectively.  There’s potential for the 6-foot-5 Lee in some instances to play at the three spot, but he had trouble containing quite a number of bulkier wings this year. 

The “power forward” position currently seems to be the most well rounded; Green and Paschall will both be contributors from the beginning next year. Not much needs to be said here simply because their fits make sense, especially in small-ball lineups.

Golden State’s big man rotation looks pretty empty on paper, especially if you didn’t keep an eye on Chriss, a 2016 lottery pick. The starting center currently has a non-guaranteed deal, but there was mutual interest from both parties when retaining him this past season after they waived him from his 45-day contract in February. With their current roster construction, Chriss is the most likely to win the starting job in 2020. Outside of Chriss, the ghost of Kevon Looney looms on the horizon.  He participated in the Warriors’ recent minicamp and appears to have recovered from core muscle surgery, the latest of a number of injuries. Looney, who played just 20 games this past season, has been battling left hip injuries for the better part of his professional career. Ever since the 2015 NBA Draft, there have been concerns about his hip durability. Looney played an integral role in the Warriors’ past two playoff runs, when he averaged 19.5 minutes per game from 2018 to 2019. The other wildcard is the very raw 6-foot-10 Serbian big man, Smailagic, who goes all out every possession, at times to his own detriment. 

Overall, we know that roster changes are coming. Kerr recently said that adding more athleticism is a priority.  Given that knowledge and the context of the current roster, let’s see who could be at the top of Golden State’s board.

Best Fits

Deni Avdija 

Combo Forward, Secondary Playmaker, and Complementary Piece

Hailing from Israel, Deni Avdija boasts one of the most elite resumes of any prospect in this class. In 2017, he became the youngest player to ever play for Maccabi Tel Aviv’s senior team. He was named U20 MVP in 2019 for Israel’s national team in their win against Spain, posting quite the stat line: 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting, seven assists, five rebounds, four blocks, and one steal. During this tournament, Avdija averaged 18.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.4 blocks, and 2.1 steals per game.

Over the course of this past season with Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv, Avdija brought an essential, competitive flair to a squad that won the league championship in the IBSL. At 6-foot-9, 230 pounds, he provides a unique blend of skills, such as passing, off-ball activity, and off-ball defensive mindfulness, all of which impact winning. In the ISBL this season, he had a diverse offensive profile, with 85 percent of his possessions coming from spot-up, transition, pick-and-roll, post-up, cut, and isolation plays, in that order.  His points per possession (PPP) ranged from the 98th percentile on cuts (1.771 PPP) to the 42nd percentile on post-ups.  However, when the results of passes were included, even his post-up numbers were above average (59th percentile).  

The Warriors need immediate equity from their first-round draft pick, but ideally, he would be a key contributor through the 2020s, too. Deni fits that theoretical mold. He already plays a primarily off-ball role with limited usage, but has managed to remain incredibly effective. His ball-handling package is limited right now, but when he gets by his defender via screens or attacking closeouts, he does an excellent job keeping his head up to make a kick-out or lob pass. What fails to show up on any stat list is his sheer will to win; his resume backs it up, and you can see his determination in games. Having a combo forward like him will add much needed size and another willing playmaker into the already exciting Bay Area mix.

Isaac Okoro

Elite Defender, Excellent Driver/Finisher, Improving Passer

In this draft class, Okoro is among the best perimeter defenders and is clearly the best overall defender. At 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds, with a plus-3 wingspan, he’s sturdy and has the size and quickness to easily defend 1-4. He’s the guy that you put on the opposing team’s first offensive option, and he doesn’t fear the challenge because, simply put, Isaac is stone cold. Without him ever improving, he’s an immediate contributor and quite possibly even a quality starter. 

Wherever Okoro goes, he impacts winning. In his senior year at McEachern High School, he led the team to a 32-0 season, and at Auburn, the Tigers went 25-6 and were ranked in the top 20. He’s a defensive specialist, who has maximized his rudimentary offensive skill set, and is becoming a budding playmaker. He averaged only two assists per game at Auburn, and had only six games with three-plus assists; however, he showed potential, especially as a pick-and-roll handler, ranking at the 70th percentile for PPP, including the results of passes. The major issue with his fit with Golden State will be his jumper; he made less than 29 percent of his three-point attempts, and overall, he made just 30.2 percent of his half-court jumpers, with just 11 attempts coming off the bounce. Sure, the Warriors have Curry and Thompson, but given the company of Draymond, Wiggins, and Paschall you have to wonder how some of these lineups could thrive without staggering minutes. 

On the plus side, Okoro has the ability to put the ball on the floor and leverage his size to get inside often, be it attacking closeouts or scoring in isolation. On the season, he made 61.7 percent of his shots via drives and ranked at the 97th percentile for PPP in isolation. He displayed the ability to go right and left, score with either hand, and finish well above the rim.  

Onyeka Okongwu

Switchable Big Man, Elite Rim Protector, Potential Floor Spacer

As a whole, big men are being less utilized than wings due to much of the game’s gravity shifting out to the perimeter. However, regardless of shot-making ability, there is still a legitimate market for switchable bigs who can anchor an elite defense. At 6-foot-9, 245 pounds, with a plus-5 wingspan, Okongwu is slightly below average in terms of size for a starting center, but that isn’t a problem for Golden State. This is the same team that revolutionized small-ball and has thrived while getting significant minutes from centers such as Looney (6’9”, 220 lbs.), Jordan Bell (6’8”, 216 lbs.), and Chriss (6’9”, 240 lbs.). 

For starters, Okongwu would be this team’s best rebounder in years; he posted 18.4 percent defensive and 12.4 percent offensive rebound percentages as a freshman at USC, where he often shared the floor with another big, Nick Rakocevic. Okongwu also managed to post a staggering 2.7 blocks per game on 9.8 percent block rate, ranking him at the 95th percentile among drafted forwards per NBA Draft Comp data charts.  Okongwu’s 7-foot-1 wingspan is a bit short for a center, however, he offsets this weakness by playing with discipline. He’s not just a shot blocker; he can defend in space thanks to quick hips and patience. This is one area that people love to compare him with budding Heat star Bam Adebayo, given they are both incredibly athletic. 

What’s most intriguing about Okongwu is his potential as a floor spacer going forward. Down low, he had excellent touch, ranking at the 94th percentile for PPP on post ups, and he made 72 percent of his free throws. As a jump shooter, he had 35 attempts, making 42.9 percent and ranking at the 55th percentile for PPP. He also flashed the ability to drive off spot-ups, especially when going right. The main question is how much can Okongwu really space the floor? He made just six of 16 jumpers beyond 17 feet this past season.  

In the past, the Warriors tended to lean towards small lineups, with Draymond at the 5.  Can Golden State be successful with two non-shooters in the lineup? Though I have my doubts, the Warriors are unique in that they have two of the best shooters of all time in their starting five. My main concern with selecting Okongwu with the second-overall pick is how much the Warriors will have to pay the rookie. Last year’s second-overall pick, Ja Morant, made $8.7 million, and in the previous year, Marvin Bagley made $7.3 million. Between $7 and $8 million is a lot for a rim-running big man, especially when Looney, Chriss, and Smailagic are locked in for a combined $7.8 million. From watching Golden State for the better part of a decade, I would like to say they prioritize perimeter players. On the other hand, Okongwu is, hands down, the best big in the class.

Good Fits if Trading Down

Devin Vassell

Two-Way Ability, Athletic, Potential Isolation Equity

Vassell is the epitome of the modern three-and-D wing. At 6-foot-6, 185 pounds with a plus-3 wingspan, he’s capable of staying with most guards and wings, and has the potential to guard bigger forwards as he gains strength. Though he doesn’t possess an incredibly quick first step, he understands how to maximize his length to contest jumpers. He takes long strides, allowing him to help on the weak side (or push on a fast break).  Right now, he does not have the lateral quickness to stay with speedier guards, but he’s a hard worker, and as he gains muscle with an NBA workout program, I’d imagine that he will improve. 

Ultimately, Vassell will make his career from his shooting ability; he shot 41.7 percent from three over his two years at FSU. Though his overall shooting mechanics are not ideal, his release point is perfect; he keeps his arms extended above his head, thus adding another level of difficulty to block his shot. He’s highly effective shooting off the catch; this season, he ranked at the 87th percentile for PPP on catch-and-shoot jumpers, making 38.5 percent of his guarded attempts and 44.2 percent when left unguarded, producing an excellent 1.326 PPP when left open. He’s also solid shooting off the bounce, making better than 38 percent of his shots and ranking at the 68th percentile for PPP.  In all likelihood, he will become an excellent spot-up shooter, who can run pick and roll when needed. It’s safe to say that he will be a 10-year vet. As for his fit with Golden State, he’s another defensive-minded wing to throw at the opposition, plus he helps space the floor. He doesn’t need the ball much and will have a fairly seamless transition to the next level. 

Tyrese Haliburton

Unparalleled Efficiency, Maximizes Any Offense, Secondary Playmaker 

Tyrese Haliburton has the highest IQ of any prospect in this class, and his skillset as a complementary wing addition will raise any team’s ceiling. At Iowa State, the sophomore point guard posted averages of 15.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 2.8 turnovers, and 2.5 steals per game. Adding onto this, he was incredibly efficient, shooting 50.4 percent from the field, 41.9 percent from three, and over 82 percent from the free-throw line. He also posted an outstanding assist-turnover ratio of 2.33.  More of a floor general than a primary scorer, Haliburtton had a 20 percent usage this season, which isn’t very high compared to the other lead guards, such as Cole Anthony (30 percent), Nico Mannion (24.5 percent), Kira Lewis (24.3 percent), and Tre Jones (24 percent). On the other hand, he was one of the most productive players in the country, ranking at the 97 percentile for PPP plus assists, which is probably Synergy’s best measure of overall offensive efficiency.  

At 6-foot-5, Haliburton can see over defenders, which unlocks another layer to his passing game. Haliburton is a player who can link plays at an elite level due to his reactionary, yet methodical passing. What I mean by this is he does not force shots or passes. He makes the game look easy because he understands how to pick apart defenses and find openings, no matter how difficult the outlet. 

Haliburton’s spot-up jumper is incredibly effective; he ranked at the 98th percentile on all catch-and-shoot attempts this season. His shooting form, like Jaren Jackson Jr., is unorthodox, but he gets it up quickly and can hit shots from deep. The question is: will he ever be a consistent mid-range scorer via the pick and roll?  He struggles when shooting off the bounce (35th percentile on half-court dribble jumpers this season), and in single coverage as a P&R ball handler, he ranked at the 33rd percentile at 0.784 PPP. 

Haliburton will benefit a team as much the system and players allow him to. On the Warriors, it’s easy to see him fitting in, where there is constant movement from the Splash Brothers and the hyper-athletic Wiggins. Defensively, Haliburton must gain strength and improve his lateral quickness, two weaknesses that are fairly intertwined. Bottom line, Haliburton can become an ultra-efficient and moderate-usage guard, who will raise any team’s ceiling with his passing and shooting skills.  

Saddiq Bey

Perimeter Scoring Efficiency, Switchable Defense

Bey is one of the most reliable players in the range of the lottery. He’s passable on defense, and has an incredible shooting touch for his size (6-foot-8, 218 pounds). His shot is fluid, and it’s obvious that he has worked tirelessly to perfect it. Right now, the Warriors need more defensive-minded wings, and while I don’t buy Bey as a top-tear defender, he has shown the ability to switch between positions. At Villanova, Jay Wright has consistently produced NBA-level talent; Kyle Lowry, Mikal Bridges, and Jalen Brunson all come to mind as Nova products who understand what’s most important — winning. I don’t think people are talking quite enough about Bey; he made 45.1 percent of his three pointers this past season, and ranked at the 98th percentile (1.314 PPP) on spot-up plays. Due to a lackluster combination of dribbling ability and athleticism, the sophomore does not possess the space creation needed to become a high-usage player, but any playoff team will benefit from his offensive consistency and overall effort. 

Josh Green

Elite On-Ball Defender

At 6-foot-6, 210 pounds, Josh Green is one of the best perimeter defenders in this class, but likely won’t be drafted until the mid-to-late teens. The Arizona freshman wing possesses the perfect blend of strength and quickness to guard 1 through 3. He has phenomenal posture, always in a low defensive stance that allows him to stick like glue to whoever has the misfortune of matching up with him. The key with any switchable defender is their center of gravity, and this is how Green maximizes his strength. Since he’s always in a squat, Green is rarely moved out of position and is active at all times. Whether he’s helping on defense or defending one on one, he constantly pesters the opposition. Steals don’t tell the whole story, but he led Arizona with 1.5 thefts per game, and when watching him, you can see that he was constantly threatening in the passing lanes and altering plays. Green takes defense to the next level where opposing teams must play differently.  Opponents lose the privilege of setting up their offense because he maneuvers around screens like a heat-seeking missile; the guy cannot be evaded. 

The reason that Green is not more widely considered a lottery pick is due to his current offensive limitations. Right now, he’s not much more than a complementary wing who can hit open threes and attack closeouts. He’s fairly one dimensional when attacking the basket; he was much more comfortable with his right hand, finishing at the 81st percentile on right drives on isolations versus drives to the left (34th percentile). Overall as a driver, he was far more effective going right (FG% of 45.2) than left (FG% of 24.0), and he made just 12 of 29 attempts (41.4 percent) within seven feet from any direction. A few times this season, he scored using difficult reverse layups along the baseline that gave optimism about his overall touch. He also shot an encouraging 78 percent from the free-throw line on 3.6 attempts per game and 36 percent from three on 2.8 attempts. 

Ideally, Green becomes a low-usage slasher and floor spacer, who defends the best or second-best opposing player. Currently, the Warriors are in need of elite defenders; they tested Wiggins last year, who showed potential, plus they will have Draymond returning another year. Outside of them, the Dubs don’t have any lockdown defenders, and free agency doesn’t have any elite perimeter defenders, at least ones that Golden State can afford. Green won’t be selected unless the Warriors trade down, given that he’s regarded as a top-20 prospect, rather than top 5.

Long-term Potential over Guaranteed First-year Impact

Anthony Edwards

Best Athlete, Three-level Scoring Package, Strength

The Atlanta native chose to stay local and play for the University of Georgia Bulldogs and Coach Tom Crean in his one-year stint in Athens. Edwards posted big numbers on poor efficiency for such a highly-regarded prospect, averaging 19 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.3 steals, and 2.7 turnovers per game. However, he shot 40 percent from the floor on more than 15 attempts per game and 29.4 percent from deep on 7.7 attempts. His advanced stats paint the picture of a player who is not a primary scorer just yet. He ranked at the 42nd percentile with jumpers off the dribble, at 32nd percentile on catch-and-shoot attempts, and at 28th percentile on all half-court jumpers (0.767 PPP). In large part, his shooting struggles were due to shot selection — he either shot his team to victory or out of the game. In his last 10 games, when he faced schools such as South Carolina, Alabama, LSU, and Auburn, he shot 36.7 percent from the field and 21.8 percent from three on a similar number of shots relative to his overall per-game averages. All shooters go into slumps, but the fact no one got him to change his shot selection is truly incredible.  The Bulldogs surprisingly went 4-6 over this span, which really is not that bad, considering their top player was going through a slump. 

Right now, you’re probably asking yourself why the hell would anyone want Edwards as a top-10 selection? Well, it’s because if you can buy into him improving his shot selection, Edwards will be quite incredible. At 1.201 points per possession, he ranked at 

the 81st percentile in transition. On fast breaks, the extra space often allowed Edwards to showcase his elite talent, where he made a variety of difficult bounce passes and reads to cutters. When he chose to be an off-ball slasher (5.4 percent of his shot attempts), he finished 60 percent of his attempts with 1.278 PPP, ranking him at the 72nd percentile. Edwards also has the unique blend of isolation-scoring skill.  At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, he has the potential to be unstoppable when driving to the rim, especially with his burst. He leverages his size well, too, posting a 14.8 percent defensive rebound rate, which he often used to create high-equity fast breaks. To put this number into perspective, Lonzo Ball posted 14.3 percent at UCLA, Dejounte Murray 13.7 percent at Washington, and Josh Hart 17.2 percent in his senior year with Villanova. Edwards is an excellent rebounding guard, and he should be able to ignite fast breaks as often as he grabs boards. 

LaMelo Ball

Passing Vision, Primary Playmaker, Intangibles

As the best player in this class, LaMelo Ball possesses the unique blend of height and vision to lead any elite pick-and-roll offense. Starting for the middling Illawarra Hawks in the Australian NBL this season, Ball was given the keys to the offense and struggled with efficiency. However, he showed too many signs of greatness to simply pass him off. At 6-foot-7 and 185 pounds, Ball utilizes his elite size for a lead guard by passing over or around the defense. He’s excellent at changing speeds, which allows him to maximize the space for the roll man to maneuver. Ball also showed a ton of promise in transition, where he often launched half- and three-quarter court passes multiple times a game. His enthusiasm for transition offense, combined with his reactionary passing, make him a joy to watch at all times. He plays a risky style of offense, often making passes in between multiple defenders or throwing long passes. Considering the number of high-risk passes, you’d think that he might be averaging more than five turnovers a game, but in reality, his assist-turnover was a fantastic 2.7 (6.8/2.5). It’s tough to say if his vision is better than Haliburton’s, but unlike the Iowa State sophomore, Ball has already shown an isolation ball-handling package. 

If drafted by Golden State, Ball will play much more off-ball than he has in the past. While it’s difficult to say how he will be affected by such a different style, there is one stat in particular that stands out to me — off-ball shooting. This year, it is safe to say that he was a volume shooter, averaging 16.7 attempts per game on 37.5 percent from the field, with 6.7 of his coming from beyond the arc (25 percent). However, on catch-and-shoot jumpers, he encouragingly ranked at the 69th percentile, while shooting 37.9 percent. He has work to do on his jumper; like most 19-year-olds, his lower body often contorts and sways to the side. Additionally, his release point is lower than you’d like for a player with his potential high usage in the NBA, and he tends to push the ball up instead of bringing it up in a more conventional style.  Despite all of that, his jumper should be cautiously trusted; he had plenty of hype at Spire and Chino Hills, partially due to his limitless range.  It’s also important to note that he grew around nine inches in the last two years, so give Ball another two years and I’d bet his jumper is at least league average. 

The main issue that I have with LaMelo’s fit is how he will be able to survive on defense in the playoffs. With his size, he has long-term potential to guard 1-3, but I would be much more comfortable betting on strictly guards for the foreseeable future. He has trouble maneuvering around screens, and any contact can easily move him off his path. Defense wins championships, and the Warriors fully intend on winning another ring. The opposite argument is that Curry is 32 and will be 36 by the time Ball’s rookie-scale contract is up. General Manager Bob Myers is definitely considering how to take this team well into the 2020s after this year’s intermission season.

Killian Hayes

Primary Creation, Passing Vision, Size

Hayes is barely 19, is intuitive, has an advanced scoring package, and can run an offense at 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds. My issue with him is that I see similar ball-dominant play styles between him and D’Angelo Russell, which frankly did not correlate with the Warriors’ selfless system. Not to say that Hayes isn’t selfless; he’s an excellent passer who is on the same level of playmaking as Haliburton and Ball in this class. However, he has made less than 30 percent of his threes for two straight seasons, and his form when spotting up looks quite a bit different than when he shoots off the dribble. This season, he made 22.2 percent of his catch-and-shoot attempts, putting him at the 12th percentile. His 91 percent free-throw percentage gives me optimism, but with Golden State, you need to be at least average off the ball, and Hayes is not close to that at this stage. On the other hand, he possesses elite vision out of the pick and roll, and is incredibly advanced for his age with the isolation-scoring ability of a five-year vet. Hayes is an elite player, but I have a tough time seeing his fit at this time.

James Wiseman

Rim Runner, Two-Way Upside, Elite Size

The Memphis center had his year cut short due to NCAA violations that limited him to only three games before he decided to concentrate on his pro career. Wiseman shares similar physical measurements with other elite big men: 7-foot-1 and ~240 pounds, with a 7-foot-6 wingspan. Physically, he is reminiscent of DeAndre Ayton, Joel Embiid, and DeAndre Jordan. Even with his impressive measurements, his defensive intangibles are questionable. Wiseman puts up elite numbers due to his size, but I worry about his overall feel for the game.

Personally, my issues are not with his offensive ability, but with his defensive skills in a growing environment of floor-spacing big men, which requires a big who can guard on the perimeter. Wiseman is not quick enough to guard smaller perimeter players, meaning that he needs to drop on pick and rolls. He also loves to jump, often to his detriment, which not only gets him out of position but also gets him into foul trouble all too often. Golden State has chosen to play through perimeter-oriented players over the better part of the past decade, leading me to believe they will value a wing or guard who best fits into their system. Golden State has a clear-cut pecking order in terms of who’s getting shots, Curry, Thompson, and Wiggins. Wiseman will have the lowest usage of anyone in the starting five, and has no guarantees of being a defensive dynamo. My belief is that if Bob Myers chooses to select a big man, it will be the more proven and switchable big man, Okongwu, who was an elite rebounder and shot blocker, and has a motor that any team in the league would be happy to have. This roster has also seen the emergence of Chriss, and the team could potentially sign another low-usage defensive big man in free agency.  

Wiseman is not a perfect player, and neither is his fit in Golden State. He has a lot of potential, yet so much of it has yet to be seen. This team has a clear identity focused on ball movement and defensive versatility, Wiseman does not embody this mold. 

Sources, Credits, and Acknowledgements: Stats used in our scouting reports mainly come from Synergy Sports Technology, RealGM.com, and Sports-Reference.com. Other outside sources are noted with links to the source.


  • Clayton Conover

    Clayton is a contributing writer for Hoops Prospects. He is currently a student at University of Colorado, Denver, where he is majoring in Sports Management . He is also assistant coach for local Denver AAU basketball team, Hoops Academy.