Warriors talking about getting a defensive type player, but they had a younger Draymond Green who could hit the 3-ball and eventually became a 38% 3-pt shooter in 2016. It may have been a one year fluke, but we saw how good that team was. Thus, picking a guy who can start and hit the 3-ball or third Splash Bros could be the way to go. The player most likely to be that in the top picks consensus is either Deni Avdija who many have touted, but I think it's Tyrese Haliburton. Haliburton shot 41% from 3-pt land at Iowa State to go along with 15.2 pts, 5.9 boards, 6.5 asts, 2.5 stls and become the player most like Shaun Livingston. Warriors fans need not worry about drafting Haliburton in the top five.
I already mentioned Deni Avdija, so let's take a look at him. He's supposed to the 3-pt shooter, but he's a better passer than shot maker. I think the Warriors need a Big Shot Bob like Robert Horry than a Mike Dunleavy Jr. I don't think Avdija is like a BSB, Danillo Gallinari, nor Mike Miller. He's more the line of Hedo Turkoglu, Boris Diaw, or Joe Ingles, someone who's more a playmaker. Also, you'll have to wait for him to develop as he wasn't good enough to get minutes on his Israeli team. However, I think he did break out and showed people what he could do and become in the 2019 FIBA U20 European Championship, where he led Israel to the gold medal and was named tournament MVP. Avdija likes the ball in his hands more and can create shots for others and himself than be the guy who gets the extra pass and shot or the 3-pt splash off the ball. That's why he is in the discussion for being top 5. Is he that the type of guy for the Warriors? Avdija seems like a safe pick because he's a hard worker and likely will become a rotation player. We don't know if he's a starter for sure yet. That makes me question Avdija, so he's he's very close to being one of my picks. The man is 6'8" and averaged 18.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game Israeli Basketball Premier League for Maccabi Tel Aviv. If only he is more consistent with his shot, then he would be in there. He can shoot like 40% 3-ball one month, but also 10% the next. I'm still trying to find out what is up with that.
I think my other top player that I'll talk about now requires landing the #1 pick to get him and that's AntMan, Anthony Edwards. Edwards has the build of a NBA player already and maybe able to step in as a starter soon enough if not right away. He is an incredibly powerful and explosive player with a first step and is 6'5" 225 lbs. His strength is in scoring and creating with the ball. He's a iso type players, to that is a concern for the Warriors. Will he need the ball in his hands too often that he may hurt Curry or Klay's game? AntMan was the best shooter and player on a weak Georgia team, so it could've affected his offensive play. He had to have the scoring load for them to have a chance to win. First, there is no question Edwards can score the ball by putting it on the floor and creating for himself or making a play for others, but can he do it as a cutter or spot up shooter without the ball. Can he shoot and make plays off the ball? In terms of the 3-ball, he was better creating a 3-pt shot for himself than being the catch and shoot guy. That might lessen Steph Curry's effectiveness as Curry likes to be the one with the ball in his hands unless it's to let a guy like Kevin Durant make his play and shot. I don't think Edwards can do that coming in, but the guy still has some incredible tools with his measurement. Who is to say that he can't do that or be the one who will allow Curry to shoot off the ball more? I still think Curry is better with the ball in his hands so there may be some friction. Something like that is too hard to tell. Scouts have said Edwards weakness could be his shot selection and that includes giving up the ball. However, he was the main and only offensive threat on Georgia so he may have been forced to take on that role.
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