Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Golden State Warriors Post-Lottery 2023 NBA Mock Draft Roundup

Leading up to the 2023 NBA Draft, we will update our Golden State Warriors Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Golden State Warriors from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Warriors:

The Rookie Wire — Cody Taylor (5/19)

19. Jett Howard, Michigan

Howard, the son of Wolverines head coach Juwan Howard, is considered a first-round pick this year given his ability as a scorer and shooter. He has a great shooting form and can launch quickly, which will certainly be something the Warriors could use. His shooting will be what draws teams in but he has shown the ability to penetrate the paint and finish. He is projected to be a mid-to-late first-rounder this year and the Warriors could be a potential destination for him.

CBS Sports — Gary Parrish (5/17)

19. Dereck Lively II, Duke

Lively's one season at Duke got off to a rough start and was statistically unimpressive. But he showed enough as a rim-protecting big down the stretch to solidify himself as a first-round pick.

Sporting News — Kyle Irving (5/17)

19. Brice Sensabaugh, Ohio State

The Warriors need more perimeter shooting around Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and Sensabaugh is one of the best pure scorers in this draft class.

He is a three-level threat who is capable of knocking down everything from pull-ups off the dribble, to catch-and-shoot 3s off of screens, to fadeaways out of the post. He would excel as a floor-spacer for Golden State's playmakers, spotting up on the wing or in the corner to make opponents pay for helping on guys like Curry.

While the freshman may not be the immediate contributor Golden State is looking for, there is no doubt that his skillset fills a void and could provide some scoring depth on its second unit.

The Athletic — Sam Vecenie (5/16)

19. Jalen Hood-Schifino, Indiana

The Scout: Hood-Schifino is a well-rounded, young prospect who won the Big Ten's Rookie of the Year award this past season, carrying the Indiana perimeter while averaging 13 points, four rebounds and four assists. He's also a very strong on-ball defender with real size for a ballhandler at 6-6. He's shown great unselfishness and comfort in ball screens, with a penchant for knocking down midrange jumpers. However, he's not a particularly adept shooter off the catch yet and will need some fine-tuning in that regard. If he can improve that and some decision-making questions, Hood-Schifino could get on the court a touch earlier than most one-and-dones. But the shooting needs to improve, as he made just 33.3 percent from 3.

The Fit: It's three-fold. First, the Warriors tend to like well-rounded prospects who contribute in multiple capacities. Second, the team has tended to draft younger in recent years. All of Moses Moody, Jonathan Kuminga, Patrick Baldwin, James Wiseman, Nico Mannion, Alen Smailagić and Ryan Rollins were teenagers when the Dubs picked them, and Jordan Poole turned 20 one week before being picked. Speaking of Poole, the team needs to make a real decision on him this summer. But if he's gone, there is a real question of ballhandling depth behind Stephen Curry. Hood-Schifino would tick that box.

Yahoo! Sports — Krysten Peek (5/16)

19. Dereck Lively II, Duke

Lively wasn't particularly productive during his one year at Duke and didn't really get a chance to showcase any sort of pick-and-pop variety with the Duke system playing alongside 7-0 Kyle Filipowski. His game translates more to the NBA and he's a prolific shot blocker and rebounder who can contribute right away defensively.

Bleacher Report — Jonathan Wasserman (5/16)

19. Jordan Hawkins, Connecticut

Hawkins' spot-up and movement shooting would fit easily in Golden State. He grades as the most productive off-screen shot-maker in the draft, which should help alleviate concerns about his lack of on-ball creation.

SB Nation — Ricky O'Donnell (5/16)

19. Leonard Miller, G League Ignite

Miller is a big 6'10 forward with a 7'2 wingspan who can handle the ball out on the perimeter, has good touch around the basket, and offers defensive versatility when he's locked in. The Canadian was the prep school mystery man at last year's NBA Draft combine, but decided to join the G League Ignite after a poor showing in scrimmages. He impressed attacking closeouts and getting into his Eurostep, and was able to hit shots with both hands around the basket. Miller's biggest issue is his three-point shot: he has a slow, long release, and his touch around the basket doesn't seem to extend to the perimeter. He's also a bit of an erratic decision-maker with the ball in his hands. There's still plenty of upside here even with more tape on his game, and he makes sense for most teams after the lotto.

CBS Sports — Kyle Boone (5/16)

19. G.G. Jackson, South Carolina

I'm not ranking Jackson this high on the Big Board -- he's closer to 30 than 20 for me -- but I won't be surprised if he goes higher than expected and jumps into this range by the draft. The former No. 1 overall recruit in his class reclassified and is one of the youngest players in the class. NBA teams love youth with room to grow, and Jackson presents an intriguing developmental case.

For the Win — Bryan Kalbrosky (5/16)

19. Dereck Lively II, Duke

After a tough start to his collegiate career, Duke big man Dereck Lively eventually blossomed into a highly impactful player on the defensive end of the floor.

Opponents were just 14-for-38 (36.8 percent) when he defended them in the restricted area of the paint, per AI-Powered statistics provided by Stats Perform. Meanwhile, via CBB Analytics, the other team was held to shoot just 29.8 percent in the paint during minutes when Lively was on the floor.

While he had a very low usage rate on offense, he was an efficient finisher on his chances.

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