The Warriors have plenty of options with their No. 2 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, and there currently isn’t much of a consensus as to which prospect they’re likely to choose at that spot.
Georgia guard Anthony Edwards would make a lot of sense, but if he goes first overall to the Minnesota Timberwolves as many expect, the Warriors will have to go in another direction. If they opt to choose a wing, the Mercury News’ Wes Goldberg has an inclination as to who that might be.
“While the Warriors are high on both Deni Avdija and Isaac Okoro, Avdija would be the likelier pick between them if Anthony Edwards is off the board at No. 2,” Goldberg wrote in a recent mailbag. “I’m not as bullish on Okoro’s ability to meet his upside. Though he may be the best one-on-one defender in this class, he has shown little as a ball-handler and shooter, and could end up being more Michael Kidd-Gilchrist than Andre Iguodala.”
Avdija has seen his stock soar over the last year, having recently been named the youngest MVP in the history of the Israeli Basketball Premier League. The 19-year-old averaged 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists across 28 regular-season games for Maccabi Tel Aviv, proving to be both a playmaking and perimeter threat.
“Avdija has a higher floor, and higher upside,” Goldberg continued. “A natural playmaking forward, the 19-year-old Israel product is a strong finisher with a quick first step capable of stretching his game beyond the arc.
“The Warriors need to get better defensively, but they’re also in need of playmaking. They can’t rely on (Steph) Curry and Draymond Green while hoping for (Andrew) Wiggins, Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall to take major steps. Avdija provides an immediate infusion of playmaking and size, at 6-foot-9, 220 pounds.”
Given how crucial wings have become in the modern game, it’s easy to understand why the Warriors would be looking to add one early in the draft.
Avdija might be the best of the bunch, but Golden State still has plenty of time to figure that out.
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NBA rumors: Warriors prefer Deni Avdija to Isaac Okoro with No. 2 pick originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area