If Kuminga drops to 7th pick, Warriors should pounce

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Warriors' NBA draft decision at No. 7 won't have easy answer

Yahoo Sports 20 July, 2021 - 11:01pm

Dan Wetzel, Pat Forde, Pete Thamel

A few months ago, a lot of people thought the 2021 NBA draft was going to be a "five-player" draft, meaning anyone not with the first five picks would get the short end of the stick of drafting a potential superstar. 

Warriors general manager Bob Myers quickly realized this isn't the case. Following the draft lottery, he said he was confident he and his team would be able to find good prospects with both the No. 7 and the No. 14 pick.

It seems as though the first four picks are locked in, in some order: Jalen Green, Jalen Suggs, Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley. But then, things become less black and white, and that's because so many prospects' stocks are rising. As a result, some other prospects are bound to fall in the draft. 

The fifth, sixth and seventh picks could be a toss-up between a few names: Scottie Barnes, Jonathan Kuminga, Davion Mitchell and James Bouknight. The Warriors could be happy with any of those four players. There's a high chance Barnes will be off the board by the time the seventh pick comes around, but if he still happens to be there, he would be a near-perfect fit in Golden State.

As for Bouknight, he wouldn't add much defense, but his offense is mesmerizing. He would give the Warriors instant scoring with his ability to penetrate the paint and finish at the rim with both hands. He's a relentless mover off the ball and fits the bill as a dynamic scorer. 

Kuminga is a raw prospect, and his chances of helping the Warriors win instantly next season is low. However, he has one of the highest ceilings in the draft. Drafting Kuminga would indicate that the Warriors are really trying to balance winning in the future along with winning now. That said, it also would give Golden State a future asset for the NBA trade deadline next spring.

It's important to note that no player who the Warriors draft this season is going to have a make-or-break impact on the team next season. While the Warriors are in an adjustment period, they are not rebuilding. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are still the cornerstones of this franchise, and anyone they add needs to just provide decent support for those three.

And since that's the case, you shouldn't cross a player such as Kuminga  -- who has such a big upside -- off the list of possible picks.

Additionally, there are some players in the draft in which taking them with the seventh pick seems too high, but by the time the 14th pick comes, they'll likely be off the board. Mitchell is one of those players

Moses Moody, Franz Wagner, Keon Johnson and Josh Giddey fall under the same umbrella. 

If the Warriors are absolutely in love with a specific player from this group they don't expect to be there when the 14th pick comes around, they may end up taking him at seven. However, they have to really love him and want him on the team. 

If not, the Warriors are better off selecting someone else -- one of the players that can either have an instant impact or someone whose upside is too hard to ignore. 

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Oregon Ducks star Chris Duarte invited to 2021 NBA draft green room

OregonLive 20 July, 2021 - 11:01pm

NBA commissioner Adam Silver almost certainly will be calling Chris Duarte’s name in just over a week. The question is, where will Duarte be headed for the next stop on his basketball journey?

Although many prospects will find out about the next stage of their basketball careers from home, the former Oregon Ducks star will have the chance to experience the draft up close.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Monday that Duarte has received an invite to the green room of the 2021 NBA draft at Barclays Center.

Oregon guard Chris Duarte — a projected top-20 pick — has received an invite to the 2021 NBA Draft Green Room at Barclays Center, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.

As Charania’s tweet mentions, Duarte is projected to be a top-20 pick in the upcoming draft. Earlier this month, the former Ducks guard told HoopsHype he believes he’s a lottery pick.

(I’m) a lottery pick,” Duarte told the site. “I don’t care about what anybody says. I’m a lottery pick. They keep talking about my age. My age doesn’t matter. If you’re ready to go; you’re ready to go. It doesn’t matter how old you are. Right now, I’m a lottery pick, and I’m going to prove it.”

As one of the older prospects in the draft at 24, Duarte is one of the most pro-ready players in the class. Most mock drafts have him as a fringe lottery pick, but he unanimously comes off the board in the first round in the mocks.

This past season, Duarte averaged 17.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.9 steals in 29 games as a senior for the Ducks. He was also named first-team all-Pac-12, as well as to the league’s all-defensive team.

If Duarte is to comes off the board in the first round as expected, he’d be the second Ducks player to do so in recent years. Payton Pritchard was selected 26th overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2020 NBA draft.

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Where the NBA mock drafts have Chris Duarte going

247Sports 20 July, 2021 - 08:00am

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We're officially less than 10 days away from the 2021 NBA Draft. This year's draft will see an Oregon player selected for the fifth consecutive year.

Chris Duarte is a lock to be taken this year, and is considered a first round pick by nearly every outlet. Duarte helped lead the Ducks to a Sweet 16 appearance this spring, and received All-American as well as All-Pac-12 honors for his play.

He follows Jordan Bell, Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey's second round selections in the 2017 NBA Draft, Troy Brown's first round pick in 2018 along with Bol Bol and Payton Pritchard's selections in the 2019 and 2020 drafts respectively.

Today, we've run through 12 NBA mock drafts to see where the consensus is for Duarte's selection. We'll list with which pick each mock has Duarte going, to which team he'll be taken and include the explanation. I've also included a recap page to show what the consensus suggests might take place on July 29.

This year's NFL Draft will be carried on ESPN with a start time for 5:30 PM on July 29.

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