ESPN panel predicts Warriors trade No. 2 pick in the draft


The last time the Warriors owned the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, they selected Rick Barry. That turned out pretty well. 

Golden State sits in the same situation this year, but the real question is will the Warriors actually make a selection at that spot in the draft? The ESPN Forecast panel believes that won't be happening. 

The panel recently was asked two questions, with three choices each. 1. What should the Warriors do with the No. 2 pick? 2. What will the Warriors do with the No. 2 pick? The options were drafting LaMelo Ball (if he's available), drafting another prospect (at No. 2 or by trading down) or trade the pick to win now? The consensus at 57.7 percent was trading the pick to win now for both questions. 

Does general manager Bob Myers want to find the next young star that will lead the charge as Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green age? Or does he want to go all-in on the core of Curry, Thompson and Green?

The 2020 draft isn't stacked with any surefire stars by any means. The Warriors could find a strong guard with high offensive upside in Anthony Edwards. They might believe they could get the best out of Ball, or go with a big man like James Wiseman or Onyeka Okongwu. Steve Kerr might have his eyes on a wing like Deni Avdija or Devin Vassell, or find a combo guard like Tyrese Haliburton.

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At the same time, however, all of these draft prospects have flaws, and the Warriors' championship window could be closing. The Western Conference should be stacked again next season, but any team that has a healthy Curry, Thompson and Green should be contenders. The Warriors certainly believe they will be fighting for a championship again this upcoming season. 

Perhaps that becomes a lot easier with a proven veteran compared to a ripe rookie.

The draft now is less than one month away and Myers still has plenty to contemplate. It's about to get really interesting as the Warriors continue their path back to the top of the basketball world. 

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