NBA mock draft 2019: Warriors seek depth, shooting ahead of crucial offseason


The Warriors head into Thursday night's NBA draft facing an uncertain offseason.

After a grueling NBA Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors that saw them lose Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson to severe injuries, the Dubs now look to re-tool heading into next season. With KD's days as a Warrior possibly done for good and Thompon expected to miss most of next season even if he re-signs -- which it sounds like he will -- the Warriors need to find some affordable talent to put around Steph Curry and Draymond Green.

As it stands right now, the Warriors have three picks in Thursday's night NBA draft. They acquired the No. 41 overall pick from the Atlanta Hawks in a trade Thursday morning.

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Here's how draft experts have the Warriors using their picks:

James Ham, NBC Sports Bay Area

No. 28 overall: Ty Jerome, G, Virginia

What Ham said on Jerome: "Bob Meyers likes to keep his picks, but he needs to find an NBA ready contributor. Jerome is a good sized combo-guard that can stuff the stat sheet and fill it up from the outside. He’s also a seasoned college player with big game experience that might be able to step in and help in year one."

Jeremy Woo, Sports Illustrated

No. 28 overall: Ty Jerome, G, Virginia
No. 41 overall: Admiral Schofield, SF, Tennessee
No. 58 overall: Alen Smailagic, F/C, Santa Cruz Warriors

What Woo said on Jerome: "It’s worth noting that multiple teams have expressed concerns about Jerome’s medical, primarily stemming from a double-hip surgery he had at the end of his high school career. But for the Warriors, landing an experienced player who is mentally ready and savvy enough to help their team sooner than later would be a nice coup here. Golden State is also thought to have interest in Belmont’s Dylan Windler for this spot."

What Woo said on Schofield: " This spot would seem to be around the middle part of Schofield’s range, and a team that loves him as a fit could justify taking him in the 30s. The concerns with him come defensively and attacking the basket against better athletes, but he brings enough to the table from an intangibles perspective to see him sticking on a roster for a while."

What Woo said on Smailagic: "Many around the league expect the Warriors to select Smailagic, who spent the past year playing for their G League affiliate and aroused some suspicions that Golden State was trying to keep him for themselves long-term. He's young and skilled enough that this is a viable move for them if he's available here. The Warriors have already invested time in him."

Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report

No. 28 overall: Matisse Thybulle, G, Washington
No. 41 overall: Jordan Poole, G, Michigan
No. 58 overall: Alen Smailagic, F/C, Santa Cruz Warriors

What Wasserman said on Thybulle: "Thybulle has gone dark since the season, having skipped the combine and not held any workouts for public knowledge. He could have a promise, though it's also possible a team snatches him before that promise can be fulfilled. He's being viewed as a potential defensive specialist with remarkable instincts and a three-ball that's just good enough."

What Wasserman said on Poole: "Inconsistency has turned scouts off over the past two years. This late, however, it's worth gambling on his advanced shot-creation and shot-making that could translate to streak scoring."

What Wasserman said on Smailagic: "The 18-year-old Serbian who played solid minutes in the G League could hear his name called at the end of the draft. He finishes in traffic, can make open threes and anticipates defensively."

Matt Norlander, CBS Sports

No. 28 overall: KZ Okpala, F, Stanford
No. 41 overall: Deividas Sirvydis, SF, Lithuania
No. 58 overall: Dedric Lawson, F, Kansas

What Norlander said on Okpala: "Young talent who emerged from a forgettable situation at Stanford. Okpala's a good interview, quick study and has a 7-2 wingspan. Had he been a better shooter last season, he'd be a top-20 lock. Unless he can massage his offensive skillset to a B-plus level in the NBA, he'll probably never be a starter, but talent evaluators view him as an ideal career backup in the frontcourt."

What Norlander said on Sirvydis: "Young prospect (19) who will likely be a draft-and-stash guy. If anything, this year's draft will have fewer of these players than normal. With the potential for this draft to have as many trades as any in history, Sirvydis getting picked is inevitable."

What Norlander said on Lawson: "Not an efficient big, not a long-range big, but too good of a player last season not to warrant being taken in this year's draft. It's not a strong, and among lengthy power forwards, it's not exceedingly deep. Lawson was one of the 10 best players in college basketball last season, although the question with him will be usage."

Jonathan Givony, ESPN

No. 28 overall: Matisse Thybulle, G, Washington
No. 41 overall: Alen Smailagic, F, Santa Cruz Warriors
No. 58 overall: Jalen McDaniels, F, San Diego State

What Givony said on Thybulle: "A player such as Thybulle, arguably the best perimeter defender in college basketball, could fit well, especially since he is a willing ball mover who will have no issue deferring to the team's stars. Add in the fact that he is a senior -- and thus more in line with the Warriors' timetable -- and he makes a lot of sense."

What Givony said on Smailagic: "Standing 6-foot-10 with a fairly developed but not well-defined frame, Smailagic is one of the more skilled offensive big men you'll find in the league. He has excellent form on his jump shot, handles the ball with excellent body control and displays polished footwork and touch around the basket."

Givony did not give analysis on McDaniels.

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