In NBA fantasy land – aka the offseason – anything goes.
And in this fantasy land, the Warriors (and Drummond Greene) want to trade their picks (numbers 7 and 14) in the NBA Draft in exchange for a young player who will be able to start — or at least conclude — in 2021. is enabled. -22.
Of course they want that. For example, I want to drink beer all the time and never gain weight, all while being a scratch golfer.
However that is not going to happen.
And the same goes for trading tips for Damien Lillard or Ben Simmons or any of the countless other All-Star names associated with Golden State.
It’s not going down, no matter how many times you see it posted online.
Surrendering the league’s narrative on Twitter and saying “chaos” and “this league!” After the cries of the state-run media of K, the plot is lost. Off-season conversation and what passes as news — or even rumor — is less than the latest Space Jam (and a lot of fun, too).
The Warriors, despite their decline over the past two seasons, remain at the center of it all.
Now, there is validity to the argument that the Warriors have a strong business package in such fictional deals, but for the time being they are works of fan fiction that are unlikely to ever cross the realm of reality.
No, the farthest and most likely scenario is that the Warriors not only use pick number 7, but also pick number 14 in the 2021 NBA Draft on July 29.
Warriors fans need to embrace that possibility – that reality – now, because it’s not ideal for a team that wants to win a title this upcoming season, the most prudent thing to do for the organization long term.
What else they do this off-season, it’s fair to say that the Warriors should never be drafting into the lottery again. That’s the standard for great organizations, so it should be the standard in San Francisco.
This means that, if everything goes according to plan, choosing the numbers 7 and 14 will be the last option, which makes the warriors high for the foreseeable future.
So the Warriors need to swing for the fans with those picks. The only question in the draft room should be “Who has the biggest upside?”
bust potential? Don’t worry about it. Find only premium players – preferably in premium condition, wing – with a fairly-premium choice.
The Warriors want to be the second arrival of the San Antonio Spurs, using strong coaching, player development and a keen eye for talent to create a winning machine.
These draft picks are their chance to prove they are up to the task.
Such players probably won’t help the Warriors this upcoming season, but remember, this team is fine. Before the Bucks won the title on Tuesday night, most sportsbooks had the Warriors with fewer odds to win next year’s title than Milwaukee. In some places it is less than 10 to 1. This is before the draft and free agency. If Golden State grabs something they want after — a big wing that can drop 3, a center and maybe even a backup point guard — they should be a legitimate title contender in a Western Conference next year. Which is not nearly as challenging as in previous years.
And success breeds more success (and giants chasing the ring). If the Warriors play this offseason right, they won’t need the players picked next Thursday to seriously contribute for a few more years.
What the warriors can’t do is try to eat their cake and eat that too. not again. They need to learn a lesson from last season.
The Warriors tried to thread the needle when selecting James Wiseman. They wanted to turn the future upside down with immediate contributions. The latter did not occur for any serious time and the former is a matter of debate.
There is no such thing as a sure thing even in the draft. Especially not where the warriors are choosing.
Warriors have to lean into that – adopt the game of chance and go for the players with the highest range and not worry about the floor.
This will, together, be a bet on this new coaching staff and a defense for the future. It’s a play for the future that could pay off 10 times.
But it is also a risky game.
Do the Warriors have it to play?