Planning Out The 2024 Draft For The Golden State Warriors

June 20th, 2024

by Alan Lu

The Golden State Warriors have been really good in this past decade, but this season was not very good for them. In fact, they missed the playoffs this year. Despite winning 46 games in the regular season, they lost to Sacramento in the play-in tournament in a nine versus ten matchup, and were eliminated from playoff contention.

Brandin Podziemski was one of the bright spots for the Golden State Warriors this season, but in a season marred by Draymond Green’s suspensions and Klay Thompson’s at times shooting struggles such as going 0 for 10 in his team’s play-in tournament loss to the Kings, some may wonder if the Warriors’ window for a title may already be closed, or if this season came about by a bunch of happenstance occurrences that ultimately led to a disappointing season. (Photo: Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images, via New York Times)

Historically, the Golden State Warriors have been a great and historic franchise, and their star players Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, and legendary head coach Steve Kerr have done a lot to push the game forward for the better. They helped propel the shooting revolution, and Curry is one of the greatest players of all-time. In fact, on the Mind The Game podcast with LeBron James and JJ Redick, they mentioned just how extremely tough it is to defend the Post Splits action that Golden State runs.

Golden State Warriors fans should check out this video, as this highlights what has helped make the Warriors’ offense so great over the years.
(Source:
YouTube/Mind The Game Pod w/LeBron James and JJ Redick)

But this season was nothing short of disappointing for the Golden State Warriors. Despite trading to land Chris Paul in the offseason, the Warriors had trouble gelling early on, and they could never quite seem to figure it all out, as they seemed a bit troubled by losing Jordan Poole via trade to the Wizards. It also didn’t help that Draymond Green’s antics ended up getting him suspended a couple of times, as he had separate isolated incidents with Rudy Gobert and Jusuf Nurkic this season. On top of that, Andrew Wiggins hasn’t been nearly as dominant as his 2022 playoff self, and he’s dealt with some inner turmoil over the years.

Jonathan Kuminga had a commendable season this year, and Brandin Podziemski and Trayce Jackson-Davis turned in solid rookie seasons. However, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins haven’t played as well as they had previously, and Draymond ended up missing too many games due to multiple suspensions, so this was an unfortunate, lost season for the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors need size that can play their team system. At each position group, they are smaller than average, which hurts them defensively, because they don’t have the length to match up. Teams can bully them in the post and they can’t switch like they used to. So in the draft, they need tall, long versatile defenders.

Here is who I drafted for them on ESPN’s 2024 NBA Mock Draft Simulator.

Test Simulation #1:

A mock draft board for the Golden State Warriors. Image courtesy of Fanspo.
A mock draft board for the Golden State Warriors. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Test Simulation #2:

A mock draft board for the Golden State Warriors. Second test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.
A mock draft board for the Golden State Warriors. Second test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Test Simulation #3:

A mock draft board for the Golden State Warriors. Third test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.
A mock draft board for the Golden State Warriors. Third test simulation. Image courtesy of ESPN Analytics.

Tristen Newton is a tall, smart ball-handling guard that can distribute the ball, is a plus-level defender, and is a good cutter that can play in a movement-based offense. Justin Edwards is a very athletic swingman that projects well into a 3 and D role, and he would be a very good get for the Warriors this late in the draft, although I think he’ll be selected much earlier than 52. Harrison Ingram is a strong, mobile combo forward that has shown an improved outside shot, and his strong playmaking skills would allow him to play well in the Golden State system.

The 2024 NBA Draft will be held on June 26 and 27. Thanks for reading.

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