NBA Draft Rumors: How Warriors Would Use Top Pick

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By RADIO.COM

The Golden State Warriors reportedly have their man if they land the top pick in the NBA draft.

The Dubs are keen on University of Georgia guard Anthony Edwards if they win the lottery and keep the draft's first overall selection, according to Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Keeping the top pick isn't necessarily a given for Golden State, the report said. Trading out of the top spot is also a distinct possibility for a Warriors team that, unlike most others in the lottery, is looking to compete for a title next season.

The year's draft class is considered wide-open, with few can't-miss prospects, and the Warriors have long been rumored to be interested in trading out of the top several picks if an ideal match doesn't avail itself.

The Dubs were one of the eight NBA teams excluded from the league's 22-team summer resumption of the 2019-20 season, after going 15-50 in the 65 games they played before the suspension. Injuries to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, plus the departure of Kevin Durant, cast one of the league's best teams of recent vintage into the cellar of the Western Conference.

Edwards is an impressive-looking prospect who more than held his own as a true freshman with his home-state Bulldogs last season, before it ended prematurely due to the public health crisis. He struggled a bit with his shooting, but his pretty stroke and 77 percent success rate from the free-throw line suggest better days lay ahead. Still only 18, Edwards doesn't turn 19 until August and is listed at 6'5" and 225 pounds, and he has the kind of athleticism you simply can't teach.

Other candidates to go first overall include LaMelo Ball, who played one season professionally in Australia, and Memphis center James Wiseman, who played only a few games before his college career ended over eligibility issues.

The lottery, originally scheduled for May 19, was postponed indefinitely before it was rescheduled for August 25 as part of the league's return plan. The draft itself, usually held in June, will instead be held October 15.