Warriors 2020 Draft Pick Tournament: The Top 16 Prospects Plus 4

Let's learn about the leading contenders for the Warriors Top 5 draft pick

The Warriors will have a Top 5 draft pick, so it’s time to start learning about the leading candidates for the pick. So we’re going to have a tournament that you vote on, with prospect scouting reports and video highlights.

The 2020 Draft

Warriors fans will be heavily invested in the NBA Draft for the first time since the 2012 NBA Draft which netted Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green. That draft had all sorts of hijinks including:

  • questionable will to win down the stretch

  • a thrilling lose-by-goaltending game, which put GSW in a tie with Toronto for the 7th spot

  • which was important because GSW had stupidly traded a Top 7 protected pick in a dreadful trade

  • so a coin flip would decide if the Warriors would keep their pick

  • which the Warriors won (in what passed for thrills in those days along with updates on Steph Curry’s ankle)

  • culminating in the drafts of Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Draymond Green

Now the Warriors are back in the lottery! And the lottery has been scheduled!

Small update:

The weird thing is that the lottery order doesn’t matter as much as you’d think. No one loves any particular prospect, so having a #5 pick might be as good as getting #1. Maybe better, because you don’t have to pay the rookie as much.

It’s still early times, but in many ways that also doesn’t matter because we’re not going to have any more basketball to judge the draftees. Which means, let’s vote on who we want GSW to select with their draft pick.

Selecting Sixteen Possible Draft Picks

I’ve created a list of 16 potential targets in the following way. First, I compiled a number of expert Draft Rankings.

Then I did some complicated analysis looking at average and variance of rankings, which I ultimately decided to replace with something simpler.

Here are all the players who were rated in the Top 10 by every analyst.

  • Anthony Edwards

  • LaMelo Ball

  • James Wiseman

  • Killian Hayes

  • Obi Toppin

  • Onyeka Okongwu

  • Tyrese Haliburton

Then, I also threw in every player who was rated in the Top 10 by somebody.

  • Isaac Okoro

  • Deni Avdija

  • Devin Vassell

  • Cole Anthony

  • Aaron Nesmith

  • Kira Lewis Jr.

  • RJ Hampton

  • Tyrell Terry

That gives us 15 players. I then checked out the great GSW Reddit list of GSW media reports, and here are other players that GSW reportedly has draft interest in.

  • Saddiq Bey

  • Théo Maledon

  • Jaden McDaniels

  • Vernon Carey Jr.

McDaniels has had maturity issues and sounds like the kind of prospect the Warriors avoid. Carey was listed on only 4 of the 7 mock drafts we looked at, so he’s unlikely to jump into the Top 5.

Bey has the highest composite ranking on my combined list of Draft Ratings, so I am putting him in the tournament.

The Tournament and Bracket Seedings

I am going to set them up against each other in a single-elimination tournament, seeded by average ranking. I will give scouting reports and allow you to vote on who advances.

  1. Anthony Edwards

  2. Lamelo Ball

  3. Killian Hayes

  4. Obi Toppin

  5. James Wiseman

  6. Onyeka Okongwu

  7. Isaac Okoro

  8. Tyrese Haliburton

  9. Deni Avdija

  10. Devin Vassell

  11. Cole Anthony

  12. Aaron Nesmith

  13. Saddiq Bey

  14. Kira Lewis Jr.

  15. R.J. Hampton

  16. Tyrell Terry

Okay, Round 1 matchups will be coming out in the next couple of days. See you soon!


First Round Results

I listed the final weighted vote percentages (LGW comment votes = 10 Twitter votes), but also put a * next to the winner of the LGW comment vote

Second Round Matchups

  • 1. Anthony Edwards vs 8. Tyrese Haliburton

  • 2. LaMelo Ball vs 10. Devin Vassell

  • 3. Killian Hayes vs 6. Onyeka Okongwu

  • 4. Obi Toppin vs 5. James Wiseman


The Dark Horse Bonus Round

As more draft analysis and reporting gets updated, a few other candidates have come up that didn’t make the Top 16, so after the Tournament is done, we are going to have a Bonus Round, a kind of NIT for four long-shot candidates for the Top 5 that didn’t make it into the Tournament, but who are getting enough buzz that we should also scout them.

  • Patrick Williams

  • Precious Achiuwa

  • Tyrese Maxey

  • Aleksej Pokusevski