Leading up to the NBA Draft, there’s been a lot of chatter suggesting the Golden State Warriors would select a polished prospect at No. 7 overall, one that can help the team win immediately.
The day before the NBA Draft, however, it seems the Warriors could draft a raw, talented prospect in need of more seasoning.
According to a report from the San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau, the Warriors could be “leaning toward” selecting an 18-year-old wing from the G-League, Jonathan Kuminga, if he’s available at the seventh pick.
Kuminga’s physical gifts and scoring upside give him a legitimate chance to become an All-NBA player, which can’t necessarily be said about anyone else expected to be available at seven. A league source told The Chronicle on Wednesday afternoon that the Warriors are “leaning toward” taking Kuminga if he’s available at No. 7.Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle
The Warriors want to supplement their roster with players that can help its trio of superstars — Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green — keep Golden State’s championship window open. That’s why some observers thought that given the chance to draft the 6-foot-8, 220-pound prospect from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Warriors would pass him up.
But general manager Bob Myers also has the No. 14 pick. He could select a more polished player there instead of at No. 7. Anything could happen on Thursday, however, when the NBA Draft gets started, even a trade. Thankfully though, we’ll finally find some answers as to what the Warriors 15-man roster will look like next season.
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