The Warriors have a chance on Thursday night to add another face to their win later after they’ve won a lot now.
The 28th pick in the NBA draft won’t be a ready-made star, but Bob Myers and Golden State management can look forward to good options at the end of the first round, whether they’re looking for a risky edge game that takes time to develop or a solid roleplaying role. a player they hope will be able to contribute sooner.
By definition, the Warriors are the best team in the NBA after winning the title. This doesn’t leave many holes, but we tried to find a few areas that could be reinforced.
Here are the Warriors’ top three needs ahead of the draft:
Golden State has had two strong defensive flanks this season: Andrew Wiggins and Gary Payton II. But each of those players could leave the Warriors within the next 13 months.
Payton is under consideration as an unrestricted free agent after providing huge value to the Warriors during this round of the playoffs. He will certainly have offers on top of the $1.9 million he made in 2021-2022. It remains to be seen whether this price will go beyond the Warriors’ comfort zone, a zone that has expanded significantly in recent times.
Wiggins excelled in the final on both sides of the ball. He is eligible for an extension this summer, and without it, he will be an unrestricted free agent a year later. Before entering the playoffs, there was much speculation that the Dubs might leave him, given his max-level contract and relatively small role (at the time) on the team.
Wiggins seems to be less replaceable now, but will Joe Lacob pay to get the most out of him again – and will Wiggins settle for anything less now that he’s tasted the title?
The Dubs do have two young, talented wings waiting… on the wings: recruits Jonathan Cuminga and Moses Moody. Both flanks are more suitable for four-man play, rather than defending backcourt players.
This was an area that Dub Nation required from Bob Myers to resolve within the trade deadline.
He didn’t, and Golden State won the title.
But unrestricted free agent Kevon Looney has just proven he can be a reliable defender and strong rebounder for a title team, and James Wiseman’s health is far from a sure bet.
Nemanja Bielica, 34, is a free agent, as is Looney. Counting on his starting contribution next year, in the event of Looney leaving, seems too far away.
It was an issue that plagued the Warriors in the regular season but didn’t bother them as much in the playoffs when they increased the minutes for their star players.
However, these stars are aging, and two of them – Steph Curry and Draymond Green – are the main initiators of the Warriors’ offense.
The Golden State had been looking for someone to lead the offense while Curry was on the bench for a while. Since no team can have it all, they still haven’t found that person.
As an explosive shooter, Poole represents the future facsimile of Curry if and when the Finals MVP rides off into the sunset (a possibility that clearly isn’t currently on the horizon). But he is not the main player who makes the Golden State attacking machine buzz.
Unless Poole, a restricted free agent of 2023, makes a huge leap in this area, the next generation will need someone with a little more of the vision and feel of Curry or Green’s “create for others.”