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RUMOR: Warriors’ top target for 7th pick ahead of 2021 NBA Draft

Warriors, Jonathan Kuminga

The Golden State Warriors seem to be getting closer to making a decision on their top choices for the 2021 NBA Draft.

According to Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dubs are “leaning towards” drafting Jonathan Kuminga with the 7th pick on Tuesday’s rookie selection. As for their 14th pick, Golden State is said to be considering Oregon guard Chris Duarte, as well as Trey Murphy and Corey Kispert.

Citing reasons on the Warriors’ thinking, the Dubs are said to be eyeing a player with a “high-upside” for no. 7 and a player they can immediately plug-in to their rotation at no. 14.

Per Letourneau:

“It’s becoming increasingly clear that if Golden State holds onto both picks, it’ll take a high-upside prospect at No. 7 and a plug-and-play player at No. 14.”

“Part of the reason Golden State is comfortable focusing on long-term potential at seven is because it’s confident it can get a ready-made contributor at 14. According to league sources, three players the Warriors are targeting there in that range are Oregon guard Chris Duarte, Virginia forward Trey Murphy and Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert.”

Of course, the Warriors can still trade their picks on draft night, with reports claiming they are more than willing to package their two lottery picks if it means landing a starting-caliber player. If that doesn’t happen, however, at least the Dubs have a plan in place.

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While Kuminga is largely viewed as a project, it’s not really out of the Warriors’ plan. General manager Bob Myers indicated recently that they will also be looking at long-term potential before emphasizing that their window is not just one year–shutting down beliefs they immediately need a veteran player to compete for the title.