NBA Draft 2021: After the NBA Draft Lottery 2021 was completed, the Golden State Warriors ended up with 2 picks- 7 and 14.
After landing the No. 7 and No. 14 picks in the 2021 NBA Draft Lottery, the Warriors can go a lot of ways. History is on their side, too.
With Steph Curry as perhaps the greatest player to be taken with the seventh pick ever, and Tim Hardaway being no slouch at No. 14, Golden State has to be smiling.
The Warriors of course could use either of their two picks for a trade package. But if they keep their picks, here’s who experts have the Warriors taking with their two first-rounders.
NBA Draft 2021: Who the Golden State Warriors can select at Number 7, according to experts
Scottie Barnes, SF, Florida State: Barnes has drawn comparisons to Draymond Green, which is high praise. He could find himself working alongside the All-NBA defender early in his career. This would give the Warriors another ferocious defender and a potential partner to play alongside big man James Wiseman for the future.
Davion Mitchell, PG, Baylor: Mitchell is one of the best in the draft on defense, an area in which the Warriors fell off markedly this past season, while also possessing strong playmaking and shot-making instincts that should allow him to operate in a variety of lineup configurations alongside their existing core.
Franz Wagner, SF, Michigan: Wagner may seem like a reach at No. 7, but his shoot-dribble-pass skill set may be too clean of a fit for the Golden State Warriors.
Davion Mitchell, PG, Baylor: If you consider what Golden State was missing last season, it’s a player like him. Mitchell could help now, and be a bridge toward sustaining success into the future.
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NBA Draft 2021: Who the Golden State Warriors can select at Number 14, according to experts
Franz Wagner, SF, Michigan: This is a nice insurance policy to have in case Klay Thompson doesn’t regain his All-Star form. Either way, Golden State needs to get younger and start planning for the future.
James Bouknight, SG, Connecticut: Bouknight’s scoring instincts, ability to hit difficult shots off the dribble, and long-term potential could be very attractive at this stage of the draft.
Corey Kispert, SF, Gonzaga: Kispert seems like a good bet to go in the late lottery, even though his age (22), athleticism, and limited versatility are obvious drawbacks.
Chris Duarte, SG/SF, Oregon: Finding a balance is often a best-case scenario, but in this case, the Warriors could have him come in right away and make an impact on his affordable rookie contract, serving as a valuable backup to Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
NBA Draft 2021 Order:
- Detroit Pistons
2. Houston Rockets
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
4. Toronto Raptors
5. Orlando Magic
6. Oklahoma City Thunder
7. Golden State Warriors
8. Orlando Magic
9. Sacramento Kings
10. New Orleans Pelicans
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. San Antonio Spurs
13. Indiana Pacers
14. Golden State Warriors