Detroit Pistons: How will other team needs effect their pick?

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Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

#1 Golden State Warriors

Pick Odds: Pick 1 (14%), Pick 2 (13.4%), Pick 3 (12.7%), Pick 4 (12%), Pick 5 (47.9%), Average pick of 3.7
Biggest Needs: Center, Bench Depth
My Big Board: Obi Toppin, Isaac Okoro, James Wiseman, Tyrese Haliburton

This pick, whether it be pick 1, 2, 3, or 4, this is the definition of luxury pick or the rich get richer. The Warriors are 2021 title contenders without this pick and adding a center like James Wiseman or Onyeka Okongwu would only make them even better.

Having a lineup of Curry, Thompson, Wiggins, Green, and Wiseman would be an elite lineup as Wiseman’s a player that I would compare to DeAndre Ayton due to him being able to back you down, score in the post, grab offensive rebounds and kick the ball back to a splash brother, and as shown in his limited highlights at Memphis he could even spread the floor with his shooting.

While I’m a bit higher of James Wiseman than a lot of people, I think he could be worth the risk for the Warriors. Some of the highlights show how he has flashes of a Kristaps Porzingis, Nikola Jokic or Karl-Anthony Towns unicorn type, a seven-footer with the skills of a guard but the size of a center.

Wiseman seems like the no brainer pick to me for the Warriors, but another pick could be Deni Avdija. Deni appears to be the biggest boom or bust pick in the draft so if the Warriors decide to not select Wiseman, Deni would be the highest risk pick but with the highest reward.

With the splash brothers and Draymond Green aging, taking a risk on a player with Luka Doncic-like potential would be an excellent plan B for the Warriors.

The one thing that the Warriors need to look at is the “draft market” for James Wiseman. The most likely landing spots for Wiseman are really just the Hornets and Warriors so should they sit at pick one and draft Wiseman? No they shouldn’t.

I think Obi Toppin is the player with the most trade-up potential as there are a lot of teams where he could take them to the next level, so maybe GM Bob Meyers could get a future pick or an asset to move down from the top of the draft and select Wiseman in the 4-9 range.

For the Pistons, this pick as almost zero impact on our selection as no one they will likely select would be someone the Pistons were looking to select.