NBA teams ‘terrified’ of what Warriors can do with 2020 draft pick?
The Golden State Warriors own the worst record in the NBA at 4-19, which obviously makes this season a lost cause according to the marquee franchise’s previously lofty standards.
What’s evidently of the most concern for teams across the league when it comes to the Warriors is not only how the team will return its two biggest stars, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, next season.
Instead, it’s also how the Warriors’ plummet to the league’s basement will leave the organization well-positioned for a wholesale resurgence back into the ranks of the NBA’s elite in 2020-21.
As noted by NBC Sports NBA insider Tom Haberstroh, the fact that the Warriors will own one of the top picks in the 2020 draft is leaving other teams “terrified.”
“The people I talk to around the league are really worried they are going to trade that first-round pick, the 2020 pick, because if they load up with an All-Star-type player with that pick, they are terrified,” Haberstroh said during the Warriors-Hornets telecast on Wednesday, as transcribed by NBC Sports Bay Area. “Or if they land a Luka Doncic in the draft, they’re terrified. So that 2020 pick, adding to the group they have established here with [Eric] Paschall stepping in right away, man, I think every team is going to try to do a gap year.”
The Warriors likely will enjoy among the most favorable odds to land the No. 1 pick in 2020 NBA Draft in the league lottery.
With that in mind, imagine the Warriors being able to land a Luke Doncic-type player to pair with Curry, Thompson, Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell (if the Warriors don’t trade him), not to mention Kevon Looney.
Such a scenario does have precedent in the league, it merits noting. It happened in 1997, when the San Antonio Spurs were ravaged by injury in the 1996-97 campaign, highlighted by David Robinson being sidelined for most of the season.
A dismal 20–62 showing resulted in the Spurs being in position to select Tim Duncan with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. And we all know what happened soon after … and for the next 15-plus years.