19. Golden State Warriors choose Noah Clowney
The Dubs are facing a massive payroll and luxury tax bill and will soon have to cut some salary from their books to make moves. It leaves them with a decision at 19. Do they try to trade back and pick up two cheap contracts to help them moving forward or go all-in right now? There are zero easy decisions for new Warriors GM Mike Dunleavy Jr., but what if they keep this pick?
There is talk of Golden State selecting someone ready to contribute now, but the Warriors should be looking for a prospect that can help them as Stephen Curry and his supporting cast age. The Dubs should be searching for upside and what better target than an 18-year-old with a versatile skill set?
Nobody expected Clowney to be a one-and-done player at Alabama, but the 18-year-old showcased a versatile skill set that helped the Crimson Tide become the number-one overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. He is a 6’10 forward with a reported 7’2 wingspan that should be able to guard any player on the court in his prime.
His shooting is a work in progress, but the teenager has a good-looking stroke. Can he become the 6’10 versatile forward that every team desires? He must improve his jumper and continue to add bulk, but the tools are there.