NBA Draft 2020: Guard Killian Hayes will meet with Warriors, T-Wolves


The Warriors have a litany of options in front of them when it comes to the 2020 NBA Draft.

After posting an NBA-worst 15-50 record, the Warriors are guaranteed to have a top-five selection and have a 14 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick. There are no transcendent talents in this draft class, but there are a number of tantalizing prospects who the Warriors could help reach their potential.

Among them is French guard Killian Hayes. The 18-year-old has an impressive repertoire of moves. At 6-foot-5, he has the perfect mix of shooting, playmaking ability and defensive versatility that makes him an ideal player for the modern NBA.

Hayes has not yet interviewed with the Warriors, but his agent Yann Balizoukou told the French podcast “Envergure" that his client would be interviewing with the Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves, but would not talk to the Cleveland Cavaliers as they don't need a guard.

"He hasn't done Minnesota's interview but he will. Same thing for Golden State," Balizoukou said. "He won't do Cleveland, for sure. It's no secret they are not interested in a guard, so I spoke with them and the chances they draft a guard are really slim. Killian should interview with Minnesota and Golden State, though."

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Hayes is quickly rising up draft boards. He has a wide variety of offensive moves and has very polished footwork for an 18-year-old. This past season he averaged 11.6 points and 5.3 assists per game while playing for Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany.

Passing is Hayes' best attribute at the moment. He shows great ability to freeze defenders with hesitation moves, beat them with crossovers and then thread passes to open shooters. He did most of his scoring in the paint, showing good touch at the rim. While his 3-point shot (29 percent) isn't there yet, he did shoot 86 percent from the free-throw line, which often is an indicator of future 3-point shooting success.

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Most expect Georgia guard Anthony Edwards, Memphis center James Wiseman and LaMelo Ball to be the first three picks off the board. But with no franchise-altering talents, opinions are varied about who will and should go at the top.

Hayes has all the tools to develop into a star in the NBA. Some experts have said they see flashes of James Harden and Manu Ginobili in his game. But he's also only 18 and might not be the best choice for a team looking to get back to NBA title contention next season.

A big offseason lies ahead for the Warriors. Hayes is one of the most tantalizing talents in the class. If the Warriors keep their pick, Hayes certainly should be on their radar as the draft approaches.

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