Warriors chose Blake Wesley in SB Nation’s phantom draft

We’re just two days away from the 2022 NBA Draft, and the Golden State Warriors have nearly 48 hours to dump the champagne hangover and pick the next player they hope to play a few minutes of trash time for the 2023 Championship team.

But we don’t deal deals in SB Nation Mock Draft! Each year we do a mock draft where team GMs are represented by writers from all 30 team sites. Or at least, all teams selected in the first round, which means 23 team spots are represented, as Bounding the Rock’s Noah Magaro George works a triple bout on behalf of San Antonio’s three picks in the first round.

Last year, Brady Kloepfer parodied Davion Mitchell and Alperin Engon to the Warriors, but in that delusion, Jonathan Kominga was already off the plate at No. 5, and Moses Moody also went long by picking the Golden State Of Mind’s second lottery. Bob Myers clearly likes the site.

This year, I take on the drafting job, as the Warriors’ two-year stay in the lottery ends, and they return to their usual first-round position late in the first place. 28. There aren’t a lot of Kuminga-esque studs on the board at this point, but I’ve tried to pick the player with the most upside. Unfortunately, I can’t be sure that he has the highest ceiling, the scariest, the most impressive basketball intelligence, or plays as a coach on the floor, but I know you’re supposed to say those things in the draft preview.

villa. At 28, although the Warriors’ rumored goal, Jake LaVia was still on the board, she took shooting guard Blake Weasley, from Notre Dame.

Why Blake Wesley?

  • Notable players off the board: Nikola Jovich, Dalene Terry, Jaden Hardy, Ryan Rollins, Margot Beauchamp, Ty Washington Jr., plenty of players, this is the 28th pick
  • Other notable players: Jake LaVia, Bryce McGuinness, Christian Brown, and Wendell Moore, Jr.

Drafting in No. 28 is not the place to find immediate help for the defending basketball team. Warriors nailed this selection three years ago, and found Jordan Paul with the number. 28 picks, but even Paul wasn’t a contributor even two-thirds of the way during the sophomore season. But with Paul and their other young players, the Warriors have shown that they are good at developing, and they are patient. As long as the team doctor doesn’t ruin someone’s routine meniscus surgery. Or very unlucky with rehab after a full knee procedure, please don’t sue me!

I choose Blake Wesley, a freshman from Notre Dame who has traits that the Warriors have been researching lately. Wesley is a 6-foot-4-inch shooting ranger, but he has long arms — a wingspan of 6 feet 9 inches, and a reach of 8 feet 7 inches, perfect for getting the distractions that warriors thrive on in defense. He’s quick and explosive, and somewhat cunning, albeit blunt. If you are looking for a player who can pair up with Poole for the long-term, a long-term sports goalkeeper is a good choice. Plus, he can really dunk.

And just think how excited Warriors announcer and Irish superhero Bob Fitzgerald will be when the Warriors pick the first Notre Dame player since Troy Murphy! He had a lot of new catchphrases involving Irish luck, winning the Big Dipper, playing like the champ today, the list goes on. And if Fitz continues to dye his hair the same unnatural color, Wesley will feel comfortable playing near another golden dome.

Wesley led the Fighting Irish with 14.4 points last year, with 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists, is an excellent ball player and has a nice spin. He’s great at getting to the edge – though not so good at scoring when he gets there. Wesley was a strong advocate for a freshman and showed plenty of strength for a 185-pound teenager. But he is not a good shooter, which is why he may fall until the end of the first round.

Of course, Warriors has invested heavily in the development team in recent years. They may feel confident about fixing a young player’s embarrassing jump shot after the work they did with Jonathan Kominga last year. Kuminga had a rough start to shooting, but as of December had fired 35% from a three-point range. And Wesley will get plenty of time at Santa Cruz to develop his game, with the potential to be a versatile defender once he reaches the NBA weight room for a few months. Overall, no other prospect has had the upside or turnaround from Wesley, and if the team is lucky enough to fall into the top spot. 28, the warriors must run to the podium to be selected.

Or, more likely, they will trade in choice.

This has quite a meaning. Kuminga is 19, Moody turns 20 during the finals, and Wiseman has only been able to drink legally for 12 weeks now. They obviously can’t predict what happens in free agency – Otto Porter Jr. Possibly out of his price range, Damion Lee might get a raise elsewhere, and Kevin Looney and Gary Payton II are unfettered free agents – but all signs are that the Warriors want everyone back. Which means they are looking at an overcrowded slate even before the draft.

Transferring the choice to a future asset or several second rounds (who do not have guaranteed contracts) makes great financial sense, although it is very boring for the masses. There wasn’t a lot of freshman playing time until this year, despite a slew of injuries, with Kuminga averaging just under 17 minutes per game and Moody’s 11.9 minutes in just 52 games. Sometimes there are too many newbies, especially if Andre Iguodala can take some time out of his venture capital fund to play basketball for another season.

However, if Wesley falls into their hands, he will have enough potential worth tax and passenger fare to Santa Cruz next season. To paraphrase Draymond Green, “Don’t let us draft another Midwest scoring guard or else you’ll have to hear it from me.”

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