Steve Kerr reveals what Warriors could do with high 2020 NBA Draft pick
For the first time in the Steve Kerr era, the Golden State Warriors are going to have a top pick in the NBA Draft.
Before the NBA suspended the season due to the coronavirus, the Warriors had the worst record in the NBA. They were on their way to missing the playoffs for the first time under Kerr.
While he’s been in self-quarantine, the Warriors coach has been watching film of potential draft picks for the Dubs. Kerr says the team can do a few things with their high pick:
“We’re excited about having a high pick and there definitely are some guys who are very talented,” Steve Kerr told The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami on the TK Podcast, as transcribed by Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area.
“This, obviously, is Bob’s (Warriors general manager Bob Myers) world. We’re gonna pick who Bob and the scouts feel like we should pick. But what we have to weigh is — are we looking for a player who is gonna help immediately because we feel like we’ve got this window the next few years? Are we gonna use the pick in a trade to try to trade for a vet who is ready to help us win right away?
“Or do you look at it long term — because you know you want to be good for the next decade — and you take a young player with a lot of potential who’s maybe not ready to help us win yet but you feel like could be a great player down the road? Those are all options and that’s what we have to figure out as an organization.”
The Warriors’ core for next season will be Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins. That’s three champions and All-Stars in Curry, Thompson and Green, and a former No. 1 overall pick in Wiggins who has a lot of talent and could flourish now that he’s not going to be asked to do everything.
If the Warriors end up with the No. 1 overall pick, odds are they will take Memphis’ James Wiseman. Despite his suspension, Wiseman is still No. 1 on a lot of draft boards. He averaged 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds in three games for Memphis before leaving the school while shooting 76.9 percent from the field and 70.4 percent from the free-throw line.