The NBA Draft is coming up, which means The Game Haus will be doing draft profiles for each NBA team. Each day, a new team will be analyzed for their past season, their team needs and targets. Today, the Golden State Warriors will be evaluated.
This year, the Warriors finished the regular season with a record of 57-25. They were ranked in the Top 10 of categories such as points per game (second) and field goal percentage (first). In other words, they had another great season.
The Warriors were the first seed of the Western Conference and fought their way to their fifth straight NBA Finals. They are currently playing against the Toronto Raptors in hopes of winning another championship. But with injuries becoming a problem, the Warriors have a hill to climb.
In the Finals, the Warriors lack one of their key players. They are playing without Kevin Durant. On May 8, Durant suffered a right calf strain, who hasn’t played since. Klay Thompson suffered a hamstring injury in Game 2 of the Finals but will likely play in Game 4. So, the Warriors are fighting through their share of injuries.
The Warriors have two picks in the 2019 NBA Draft.
First Round: Pick No. 28
Second Round: Pick No. 58
Bench Depth– Despite having the highest field goal percentage, the Warriors’ bench ranked 14th in points. With key bench players such as Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston getting older, the Warriors could benefit from drafting young, skilled players for their bench.
Rebounding-The Warriors ranked 11th in total rebounds per game. They also ranked 21st in offensive rebounds, but third in defensive rebounds. While their total rebounds ranking is not alarming, it is something the Warriors can improve on.
First Round: Pick No. 28: Dylan Windler, SG/SF, Belmont
Windler is a 6-foot-8 guard/forward from Belmont. He averaged 21.3 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals. He also shot 42.9 percent from the 3-point line. Windler is a skilled shooter and a good rebounder. He is also a skilled player. Windler could be a key player off the Warriors’ bench.
Second Round: Pick No. 58: Admiral Schofield, G/F, Tennessee
Schofield is a 6-foot-6 guard/forward from Tennessee. He averaged 16.5 points and 6.1 rebounds in his senior year. He also shot 41.8 percent from deep. This is a significant jump from 30 percent in his freshman year.
At 241 pounds, Schofield is physical and can offer low post defensive ability. He is also a hard worker with an alpha mentality. If the Warriors select him, they have another solid addition to their bench.