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3 reasons Corey Kispert is perfect pick for Warriors in 2021 NBA Draft

ClutchPoints 21 July, 2021 - 11:01pm

The Golden State Warriors do not only have the seventh overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, but they also have the 14th overall selection as well. While there are many possible options, the general consensus is that Corey Kispert is one of the best options outside the top 10 picks. The Gonzaga standout is bar-none the best shooter in his class. Some have compared him to Joe Harris, Bojan Bogdanovic, and his idol Klay Thompson.

Among the teams eyeing Kispert as their mid-first round pick, it’s the Warriors who should pick him. More than his shooting prowess, there are also interesting aspects to Kispert’s game that would seem to mesh well with Steve Kerr’s playbook. The presence of Thompson as well should not be disregarded. Having your idol as your teammate can do wonders for your confidence.

Let’s take a look at the three reasons why Corey Kispert is the perfect pick for the Warriors in the 2021 NBA Draft.

This reason sounds trivial. After all, why would NBA teams select prospects who do not have an NBA-ready shooting stroke? The fact is, not all prospects can already shoot right out of the gates. Teams pick those who have the potential, the athleticism, and if their natural game fits into their system. It’s only when they’re already in the NBA that these young players fine-tune their mechanics. Even the most hyped player in NBA history, LeBron James, had to work on his stroke for years before he earned the respect of opposing teams.

That makes Kispert an outlier in his class. Yes, those in the top 10 may already have good shooting mechanics, but Kispert seems to have perfected his stroke way before anyone else. He averaged 18.6 points per game on a stellar 44 percent from three-point range on 6.5 attempts. This is enough evidence of Kispert’s shooting skill.

Kispert’s NBA-ready shooting stroke makes him the ideal player for the Warriors. The squad is in a rush to become title contenders once again. The Warriors don’t want to spend a season or two babysitting their young players. With Kispert, they can immediately slowly integrate him into Kerr’s sophisticated offensive system as he further perfects his stroke.

Some may say that Kispert’s presence will disrupt Kerr’s system, especially since it already has shooters like Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Ideally, a team needs to have some slashers, playmakers, and other types of players as well. Too many players of the same ilk make a team predictable and easy to exploit.

However, let’s not forget that Kerr once had Curry, Thompson, and Kevin Durant. The back-to-back titles they won suggest that Kerr knows how to utilize having three shooters in his roster. Besides, Curry himself isn’t your traditional three-point assassin who simply goes through infinite screens hoping to get free. Curry is a playmaker and a good finisher around the ring. Thompson, for his part, has been a spot-up shooter for the most part. However, if defenses become lazy, he’s smart enough to abuse this by turning into a slasher as well.

These are just some of the things Curry and Thompson are capable of on offense. Credit should be given to them for adding a whole lot of tricks to their sleeve. Credit should be given to Kerr too for utilizing them well. If the Warriors pick Kispert, then don’t expect him to just stand around, wait for the pass, and shoot. The 22-year-old is a decent finisher around the ring. He also has a killer instinct in fastbreak situations. Kerr and his crew will likely spot this and develop it further.

Corey Kispert has not minced his words when talking about Klay Thompson. He’s often been compared to the Warriors All-Star and this is no coincidence. The man has admitted that he has patterned his game to his idol. As such, Kispert’s dream would immediately come true if Thompson becomes his teammate. It helps that Thompson is a fun-loving guy as well. This would jumpstart his development on both ends of the floor. Obviously, their conversations would revolve around offense, but don’t be surprised if they also talk tons about defense.

After all, this has been the point of concern in Kispert’s game. For all his potential on offense, some worry that he might be a liability on defense. Although there have been instances wherein he has shown high IQ on this end. Interestingly, this was the same criticism hurled at Thompson ahead of the 2011 NBA Draft where he was picked 11th overall. Now, Thompson is regarded as one of the best perimeter defenders out there.

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2021 NBA Draft: Do the Warriors care about readiness?

Golden State of Mind 21 July, 2021 - 11:01pm

The Warriors have choices with their draft picks this year.

Regardless of where you sit, almost everyone can agree on one thing with Wiseman: the Warriors were worse when he was on the court last year. Their quest to do well during the 2020-21 season was not aided by him.

Perhaps you think this is because of the hand he was dealt — only getting to play three college games, getting drafted in a season with no Summer League, and then missing all of training camp with the coronavirus. Maybe you think it’s because rookies usually aren’t good, and 19-year old rookies at the center position doubly so. Or perhaps you think he just isn’t a quality NBA player, and won’t ever be.

Reality tends to dip its pen in all shades of ink, and I think that’s the case here.

But while Wiseman did not help the Warriors win games last year, there aren’t many options that would have. Take a look at the 58 players drafted after Wiseman in 2020, and see how many you think would actually be contributors to a team fighting for the playoffs. I see two or three: LaMelo Ball, Tyrese Haliburton, and maybe Onyeka Okongwu. Yet even with those three you have to wonder if they would have developed into the players they became if forced to play a smaller role.

The point I’m trying to make is this: even if you thought the Warriors should have drafted someone else, they had limited options for players who actually stood a chance to push them from the play-in to the playoffs.

And now they get to make that choice again. Twice, even!

The 2021 NBA Draft is just over a week away, and the Dubs hold two first-round picks: No. 7 and No. 14. They could make a trade and end up with just one, or even no lottery picks, but for now let’s assume they keep their two selections.

They’ll have options. Goodness they’ll have options. They can choose what they like from position, strengths, ceilings, floors, fit, favorite pasta shape, and bed-making habits.

But perhaps the biggest choice they’ll have to make is with readiness. Do the Warriors opt for a player in the Wiseman mold, who they determine to have an endless stream of untapped potential that they can extend the championship window with and build the next era of Dubs basketball around? Or do seek out the Haliburton route, and try to identify a player who can provide 20 quality minutes a night as they pursue a sixth trip to the NBA Finals in the last eight years?

The dream, of course, is that those player are the same thing — call it the LaMelo Ball Exception. But that’s exceedingly rare.

It helps that Golden State has two lottery picks, for now. They can take one approach with one pick, and a different approach with the other.

It very well may be that the Dubs survey the trade landscape before making a decision. If the goal is to get better immediately — and it certainly should be — it makes sense to dangle the picks. But if no one bites and Bob Myers is pessimistic about anyone’s chances at being the next Malcolm Brogdon, then it might be time to grit your teeth and draft the player with the best chance at blossoming into an All-Star a few years down the road.

It’s a difficult place for a GM to be in. There’s pressure — from the players and fans alike — to increase the quality of the roster immediately. Yet if the Warriors want to follow the Spurs model — and we know they do — you need to reload with franchise players in the draft. And not having one of the top picks in the draft doesn’t make it any easier.

But don’t worry, Mr. Myers. It’s just the future of the franchise that potentially hangs in the balance.

Golden State Warriors Draft: Chris Duarte could be surprise option at 14

Blue Man Hoop 21 July, 2021 - 11:01pm

Mar 28, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Oregon Ducks guard Chris Duarte (5) shoots the ball against USC Trojans guard Isaiah White (5) during the first half in the Sweet Sixteen of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors recently worked out Oregon Ducks’ star guard Chris Duarte, and while he’s projected to be a late first-round pick in the upcoming draft, they could easily make the jump to grab him at 14.

With the draft just 10 days away, the Warriors have done their fair share of scouting prospects that should be available at both 7 and 14. They’ve worked out players like Moses Moody to potentially take at 7 and then players like Duarte who could be taken at 14.

For the Warriors, Duarte may not make a ton of sense given their backcourt depth, but he does have obvious upside. Duarte is a playmaker, and that’s how he was able to help the Ducks advance in the NCAA Tournament.

The Ducks destroyed Iowa in the second round, a highly impressive victory in which Duarte put up a team-high 23 points. On the season, he averaged 17.1 points per game. He was a star during both his seasons with Oregon.

Originally a three-star recruit, Duarte’s toughness, playmaking, and shooting are all reasons why he could have a lengthy NBA career. He shot over 53 percent from the field as a sophomore after hitting just 41.4 percent of his shots as a freshman.

Duarte clearly has the drive or we would not have seen such a huge uptick in both his production and efficiency.

Another massive improvement that should be noted is in his three-point shooting. Duarte averaged 2.3 triples per game and shot over 43 percent from deep, both sizable increases from his freshman season.

At 6-foot-6, Duarte also offers good size. However, he will have a limited upside.

Given that, he should be able to help lead the second unit more than a player that’s considered a project. Duarte’s ceiling is capped due to his age. At 24, he doesn’t have the ideal time to develop into a more skilled player. He knows that criticism, and he’s not buying it.

“A lottery pick. 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,” Duarte told HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto.

Duarte is right, and the Warriors likely won’t take age too much into consideration. After all, while he was a second-round pick, they did take three-time All-Star Draymond Green after four years at Michigan State.

Having shown the skill to be a contributor immediately, taking a Jalen Johnson or Moses Moody and then turning around to take Duarte could pose a win-win situation for Golden State. Duarte is a big-time playmaker, and he should be taken higher than he’s currently being mocked.

That said, I wouldn’t be shocked if Golden State took him at 14.

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Warriors: The unrealistic 2021 NBA Draft trade Dubs should actually try to make

ClutchPoints 21 July, 2021 - 11:01pm

With Stephen Curry coming off an MVP-caliber 2020-21 campaign, Klay Thompson hopefully coming back healthy, and Draymond Green anchoring the defense, the Golden State Warriors eye a return to championship contention in the 2021-22 NBA season. The Warriors are in the midst of a critical offseason as they look to build a championship-ready cast around their renowned Big Three.

Bob Myers and the rest of the Warriors’ front office have their work cut out for them, with several important decisions to make. The dice should start rolling in the upcoming NBA Draft, where the Warriors hold the No. 7 and 14 overall picks. A lot of eyes are definitely on Golden State to see what it will do with these two lottery picks. Are they going to package them to land another star? Will they try to trade up in the draft?

A lot of trades are being thrown out there, but some of them are pretty unrealistic, such as those suggesting a Warriors package centered on James Wiseman and the two lottery picks for the Detroit Pistons’ No. 1 overall selection. Nonetheless, the Dubs should at least try to make a call to the Pistons to see if they will actually budge.

This seems highly unlikely to happen, considering both sides would probably not be willing to do this deal. For the Pistons, the chance to draft a possible generational talent in Cade Cunningham is already in the palm of their hands. Being in full rebuild mode, Detroit would probably not turn down that opportunity and use the next few years to focus on building a squad around the Oklahoma State star.

Nevertheless, Golden State’s package is still pretty enticing for Detroit to just throw on the side. They are still getting a promising young stud in James Wiseman, who, though he did have an injury-riddled rookie campaign, showed flashes of just what he would look like in the future. In addition to the 7-foot-1 big man, they would also get two lottery picks in a loaded 2021 draft class and possibly another future pick or two.

On the Warriors’ side, it’s not a guarantee if they are sold on this deal, too. They need to be really high on Cunningham and consider him as a franchise piece who could help them win as soon as this upcoming season and in the future. That’s a pretty hefty price to pay from the Warriors’ perspective, considering they are reportedly still very high on James Wiseman. In addition, they give up two young players who could be a part of Golden State’s future as the trio of Curry, Thompson, and Green get older.

Furthermore, doing this deal means they are pretty much going all in on Cunningham. They forgo trying to land another star such as a Damian Lillard or a Bradley Beal, who could significantly boost their chances of winning a title next season. Instead, they cash in all their juicy draft assets for someone who could still help them win a championship in the current window of their Big Three, though to a lesser degree, and also take the reins from Stephen Curry as the next face of the franchise.

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Stephen Curry Received Comforting Klay Thompson Update From Steve Kerr: ‘It’s a Huge Psychological Boost’

Sportscasting 21 July, 2021 - 11:01pm

Thompson tore his left ACL in Game 6 and missed the entire 2019-20 season. He was supposed to return in 2020-21, but the sharpshooter tore his right Achilles tendon in a pickup game before the campaign started.

Curry certainly has missed playing with his backcourt mate. While Warriors general manager Bob Myers has already said that Thompson won’t be ready for the start of the 2021-22 season, head coach Steve Kerr recently provided a comforting update.

During an interview with Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Kerr said that Thompson has started to “really get movement on the court.” It’s a big step for the All-Star shooting guard.

“Not full contact yet. But starting to really get movement on the court,” Kerr said. “He’s still aways away from actually playing basketball in a 5-on-5 setting. But there’s a big step with the Achilles when you can actually start running again. It’s a huge psychological boost. The rest of the body gets going, you start feeling the soreness and aches and pains that actually feel good when you’ve been out for a while. He’s at that point.”

Thompson averaged 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists while shooting 46.7% from the field and 40.2% from beyond the arc during the 2018-19 season. The Warriors have missed the playoffs the past two seasons while Thompson has been sidelined.

Curry is undoubtedly counting down the days until he gets his partner in crime back, especially since the two stars have such a close relationship on and off the court.

Curry told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated in November 2020 that he was brought to tears after he received the news about Thompson’s season-ending Achilles injury. The Splash Brothers are unquestionably the greatest shooting backcourt of all time and have won three titles together. Their relationship goes far behind the basketball court, which is why Curry was devastated when he found out Thompson would miss his second consecutive season.

“He’s the best 2-guard in the league,” Curry said. “To get that call was a gut punch for sure. A lot of tears. You don’t really know what to say because a guy like that is having to go through two pretty serious rehabs now. But at the end of the day, we have to have his back. We hope that he is around and a part of what we do through his rehab and staying connected with us.”

Curry finished third in MVP voting in 2020-21 after putting up 32.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game. However, he couldn’t lead the Warriors to the postseason without Thompson, one of the best two-way players in the league. The Dubs lost to the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies in the play-in tournament and were forced to watch the playoffs from home for the second straight season after making the NBA Finals five years in a row from 2015-2019.

It’s unknown when Warriors fans will get to see Curry and Thompson share the court again. However, Kerr’s update on the latter will undoubtedly bring a smile to the former’s face, especially since Curry is eager to get back to the playoffs and make another Finals run.

Curry has career averages of 24.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 6.5 assists. He’s a two-time MVP, three-time champion, two-time scoring champion, and seven-time All-Star. Curry will pass Ray Allen on the NBA’s all-time 3-pointers made list as long as he stays healthy.

Missing the postseason the last two years had to hurt Curry inside. He’s one title away from tying LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal, two NBA legends. It would indeed be a humbling achievement for Curry to have the same number of titles as LeBron and O’Neal, especially since several draft experts predicted he wouldn’t have success in the league due to his small stature.

It will be fascinating to see when Thompson returns to the lineup in 2021-22 and if he and Curry can lead the Warriors to another championship. The Dubs have the seventh overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, so they should be able to get a talented youngster who can help them immediately.

"So Klay Thompson was talking about me kicking his b*tt in Dominos": Warriors' forward Draymond Green talks...

The Sportsrush 21 July, 2021 - 11:01pm

Basketball is a team game. As players stick together, they are bound to develop a bond with each other. The bond is very strong for the players in Golden State Warriors. Being drafted in consecutive years, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have been together with the Dubs for over 9 years now.

During this time, the bond between the two has grown very strong. All three of the Warriors stars, Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson get along very well, and always have some anecdotes about the other two to share. Recently, on his boat Instagram Live, Klay Thompson talked about how he’s lost a lot of money to Draymond Green in Dominos. Well, looks like Draymond found about the video, and wanted to showcase his supremacy in the game.

Draymond Green and the Team USA make are Tokyo bound currently. While waiting for the flight to clear for take-off, Draymond brought up something that caught his eye earlier. He asked people to send him the video of Klay talking about him and dominos.

Well, the people did just that. They sent him the video, and soon Draymond found a compilation of him excelling at Dominos. Green, being the fierce competitor he is, took it and shared the same on his story.

From the videos, it is clear that Green is a beast when it comes to dominos. It should be fun to see what happens when Green and Thompson meet again. Currently, Draymond and Team USA are set to face France for their first Olympic game on 25th.

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Golden State Warriors’ NBA Draft intentions becoming clear

Blue Man Hoop 20 July, 2021 - 06:30am

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What will the Golden State Warriors do on NBA Draft night? That is the question we’ve been asking since… well, since last year when the Dubs notched the No. 2 overall pick. This time, they’ll be selecting a bit farther back in the order — but questions still remain.

The Warriors have every incentive to trade their two picks. With a championship window that is slowly but surely closing, the franchise has to be feeling pressure to surround Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green with enough firepower to win one more title. Right?

Pretty much. As far as we can tell, every report points to the Warriors doing one of two things: Keeping the picks for themselves — or making the hail mary play for another star. I can’t imagine anything in between happens.

According to Connor Letourneau, ‘Plan A’ for the Warriors is packaging both picks in a deal for a high-caliber player. It’s safe to assume, plan be is simply utilizing the picks for themselves. But, which one will it be?

"According to a league source, the Warriors’ 'Plan A' is to package the Nos. 7 and 14 selections for a starting-caliber player in his prime."

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Unfortunately, I can’t answer that. Frankly, I don’t think the Warriors themselves know which path they will choose just yet. At this stage, everyone is weighing their options.

Some obvious trade targets include Pascal Siakam, Damian Lillard and Ben Simmons. On the other hand, NBA Draft prospects like Jalen Johnson, Davion Mitchell, Josh Giddey and Scottie Barnes are all intriguing enough in their own right. Whatever the Warriors choose to do — they’ll be gaining some helpful assets regardless.

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One thing has become clear, however, the Warriors won’t be settling for anything less than a star in exchange for their picks. That means fringe targets like Collin Sexton, Marcus Smart or even a pick swap is off the table for Golden State. If they swing, they’ll be swinging for the fences.

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3 Golden State Warriors most likely to be traded this offseason

Blue Man Hoop 20 July, 2021 - 01:30am

May 11, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) celebrates with forward Andrew Wiggins (22) against the Phoenix Suns during the fourth quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

While there’s no denying they could stay put, use their picks, and train for the upcoming season, the Golden State Warriors should put all their chips in on creating a championship-caliber basketball team while the Big 3 are still playing at peak levels.

Stephen Curry is coming off arguably the best season of his career. With Klay Thompson set to return as well, the Warriors have two or three more seasons with each of the Big 3 playing elite basketball.

The Warriors should make a trade if they feel it’s in their best interest in terms of creating a more formidable roster. Players like Myles Turner and Pascal Siakam have been linked to Golden State. Even Damian Lillard would make sense.

While each has a different level of legitimacy to their rumors, at the end of the day, the Dubs need to find the best value for their assets.

With the No. 7 and No. 14 picks potentially available along with future first-round picks, Golden State may also shop a plethora of players along with those picks. That said, let’s dive into three players they may shop if the right deal is offered to general manager Bob Myers.

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