Five potential Warriors targets with pick # 7

Five players Warriors could target with No. 7 draft pick originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The Warriors ended up with the most likely outcome in Tuesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery, picking up the No. 14 pick and seventh overall pick, handed down by Minnesota Timberwolves trade Andrew Wiggins-D’Angelo Russell.

A trade could still be underway if the Warriors look to add a star, but if the Warriors choose to keep both caps, they could add a better performing player at seven and then a more pro-ready prospect at 14.

Now that the results are official, let’s take a look at five players the Warriors should aim for when they move up to No.7.

Scottie Barnes, State of Florida

A former five-star rookie, Barnes fits the profile of what the Warriors have highlighted on their roster in recent years.

At 6-foot-9, Barnes held several roles for the Seminoles during his one college season. His seemingly pedestrian numbers (10.3 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.1 APG) were the product of his desire to be a sixth man for the state of Florida, despite having started just seven of the 24 matches of his team.

He offered some similarities to the way Warriors star Draymond Green operated as a college player, sometimes serving as a playmaker and other times matching crosses and power forwards at both ends of the pitch.

Barnes has also averaged 2.1 steals every 36 minutes, and while his 3-point shooting percentage leaves something to be desired, the 19-year-old could be a versatile contributor for the Warriors should the team choose to s’ hang on top 10. selection.

Davion Mitchell, Baylor

Mitchell lived up to his incredible nickname, “Off night,” as he was one of college basketball’s top defensive players last season, helping the Baylor Bears win a national championship.

In the NBA‘s recent shift to 3-and-D players on the wing, Mitchell is pretty much the perfect archetype. A clip of 44.7% over a 3 point range underlines an outstanding effective placement percentage of 61.3.

If Klay Thompson isn’t quite ready for the season opener in October, a player like Mitchell could relieve the Warriors’ defense and lock in on the opposing best guard.

Mitchell will be 23 before his rookie season begins, but with the Warriors expecting to be a contender, the Baylor product could be a great store of value for Steve Kerr.

Franz Wagner, Michigan

The German-born wing already has an older brother, Mo, in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers. The former Wolverine has shown an elite ability to take care of the ball during his two college seasons, and is a top playmaker and decider on offense.

Unlike some of his fellow lottery hopefuls, Wagner offers characteristics the Warriors could use immediately in their rotation, and is a good enough defender to play key minutes in times of crisis.

Wagner struggled a lot in his last college game in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, but as ESPN’s Mike Schmitz noted ahead of Tuesday’s draw, he’s far more experienced than most other 19-year-olds. years of this class.

Someone who will know their role and play with a high basketball IQ seems very much in line with what the Warriors would expect from a rookie. His college choice might not please Draymond Green, but his game certainly would.

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Moses Moody, Arkansas

If the Warriors want someone who could both contribute right away and provide a long-term advantage, Moody would be a great choice. The former Razorback won’t be 20 until the end of the playoffs next season, but is already an elite perimeter defender who wears a 7-foot wingspan on a 6-6 frame.

Moody has also shot 35.8% from behind the arc on more than five attempts per game, and shouldn’t have much of a problem pulling his shot off with this elite wingspan.

Moody’s assists numbers weren’t great in Arkansas, but the Warriors wouldn’t need him to be a shooting creator from the start as a rookie.

Arkansas are known for playing at a fast pace and emphasizing defense, skills that would instantly translate into the Warriors’ locker room.

Jalen Johnson, Duke

The Warriors have had success with Milwaukee natives Kevon Looney and Jordan Poole, and Johnson could very well be next.

A 6-foot-9 forward, Johnson is an exceptional athlete who rebounds and blocks shots extraordinarily well, but struggled to return the ball in his only college season. Johnson would certainly provide many strengths in a Warriors uniform.

Johnson could very well also be available for the Warriors at No.14, but his youth and potential at both ends could lead another team between the Warriors’ lottery picks.

The 19-year-old is said to be more of a project than some of the other players mentioned, but James Wiseman was also coming out of college.

With the right coaching staff and the right team around him, Johnson could become a phenomenal NBA player.

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