Given how expensive the Golden State Warriors’ roster will likely be, I think they could look to draft and stash with this pick, but I also think they could afford to take a swing with this pick and continue to put trust in their player development. I have the Warriors going the latter route and selecting Memphis’ Josh Minott.
Despite Minott’s slim frame, he projects a bit more as an unorthodox small-ball 5 at the next level than a 4. Despite being very raw with the ball in his hands, Minott’s appeal is in his tremendous defensive upside and high motor. He grabs tons of rebounds, projects as a multi-positional defender, and is a deceivingly strong finisher for his build. He has several good tools to work with coming into the league, and if there’s any team that I trust to be able to refine his skills and create a role for him, it’s the Warriors.
The Warriors are another team that has had a lot of success drafting late in the 1st round and utilizing their G League affiliate team to develop them. I expect the team to also look at long-term upside gambles like Max Christie, Peyton Watson, and Dominick Barlow at this spot.