The Warriors own the No. 7 pick acquired via the Timberwolves and the 14th pick in this year’s draft. However, the Warriors will likely look to dangle both picks and James Wiseman to help keep their status as a true championship contender alive, and one name to watch for is Pascal Siakam, according to John Hollinger of The Athletic.
Siakam would fit in very well with the Warriors, as he’s a jack-of-all-trades at the forward position that can provide excellent scoring, playmaking, rebounding and defense. His 3-point shooting was down this season, but he has proven capable of letting it fly from downtown in recent years. He should also be able to take full advantage of the floor spacing that will be provided to him with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as his teammates.
The Warriors missed the postseason for the second consecutive year, which puts them in this situation where they have several young players that can help them build toward the future. However, in order to let that young talent flourish, you may have to sacrifice wins in the process, which Warriors general manager Bob Myers seems reluctant to do.
“I don’t think it will be a situation where we are trying to develop players at the risk of losing; that’s the short answer,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said, via Monte Pool of NBC Sports Bay Area. “We’re not going to develop and have it cost us games. That’s not the plan.”
When you have a generational talent like Curry on your roster, you go big and bring him talent so that he can compete for at least one more championship. Wiseman and whoever they’d potentially select may end up being great players in the future, but the name of the game in the Bay Area right now is to maximize the prime of their two-time MVP.