Warriors Reportedly Zeroing in on One Target if They Land No. 1 Overall Pick

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The Golden State Warriors went from five straight trips to the NBA Finals to contending for the No. 1 overall pick due to injuries and Kevin Durant's departure, and it seems like they already have their mind set on who will be selected first if the lottery ping pong balls are kind to them.

If the Warriors get the No. 1 pick, they will likely pass on James Wiseman with that selection, instead taking a promising young guard.

Georgia guard Anthony Edwards would be the likely selection with that pick, should Golden State end up getting lucky come lottery night. This seems like a puzzling pick for several reasons. Given the presence of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Andrew Wiggins, Edwards likely wouldn't play much in the first few years of his career.

Second, Edwards is clearly a top-shelf athlete who can score effortlessly and attack the rim with ease, but he isn't a great shooter, evidenced by his 40 percent clip from the field and 29 percent mark from three-point range. That isn't going to translate well to a team on which three-point shooting is the name of the game.

Unless the Warriors trade Edwards in order to land a player like Giannis Antetokounmpo from the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State might be better served picking a frontcourt player like Wiseman, Dayton's Obi Toppin, or USC's Onyeka Okongwu.

If the Warriors do pick Edwards, they will get a premium leaper and attacker with the finishing touch near the rim to quickly become one of the game's best young scorers.