The Golden State Warriors phoned in the 2020 season. The injuries and transitioning of multiple superstars made them a team that was ready for a rebuild. Unlike other teams though they have a built in core of stars that will be returning from injuries. Klay Thompson, Steph Curry and Draymond Green are still in the prime of their career and ready to make another run. They have amassed a bunch of assets that can either help continue to build the future or make a deal that brings another superstar to play with the splash brothers in 2021.
What should they do with the #2 pick? Here are a few ideas.
Go get Bradley Beal.
The Washington Wizards have to move forward with a rebuild. Their star Bradley Beal is locked up for a long time but his value at this point could not be any higher. Washington will get John Wall back in 2021 and in the East they may be ready to make a run to the playoffs next year. They can do that and continue to be a minimal franchise in the middle or bottom of the pack in the east or they could make a bold move and go out and start from the beginning. Dealing away Bradley Beal for the #2 overall pick and Andrew Wiggins would not only be bold but it would allow them to move in a new direction with a core that could be very promising. With the #2 pick the Wizards could add Deni Avdija or Lamelo Ball to a roster that includes the emerging Rui Hachimura. They would also have the #9 pick they could grab Vanderbilt product Aaron Nesmith who would fit in perfectly with Hachimura.
This is not a game changing draft but it does have a lot of depth and potential. Andrew Wiggins could be a stop gap that could help net them another pick or litany of young players towards the trade deadline of 2021.
For the Warriors, adding Bradley Beal, an underrated two-player that would create a new three headed monster from long range.
Go get Kevin Love.
I will assume that Andre Drummond will accept the player option for next year. The Cavaliers have great young guards Darius Garland and Collin Sexton but they need some true wings to make it work. They will have little to no interest in Andrew Wiggins so that may be a problem but the #2 pick to go along with their #5 picks puts them in a position to stock up on some of the best talent in the draft.
Love has an ability to change his game to what is needed around him. In Minnesota Love was a dominant force in the paint. He was a big time rebounder and was able to play with the back to the basket and work in the middle. When he moved on to Cleveland he was able to develop his outside shot in order to play along with LeBron James. Love is a great fit along with the fast paced Warriors could be a the asset they need to complete the team and put them right back in the running as a championship contender.
Draft James Wiseman.
James Wiseman was considered one of the top NBA prospects entering college. Standing at 7ft tall and moving like a guard he can be a force in the middle of the lineup. Wiseman will have the ability to not have to be the cornerstone of an organization, he can grow in a lineup featuring so many different experienced stars. He can learn to play team defense along with Thompson and Draymond Green and he can be a force in the middle to clean up the glass for the shooters that Golden State features. His mobility will allow him to fit the style that the Warriors want to play.
He is not a traditional fit for Golden State but his talent and potential are unique and could be a future star for the Warriors.