Warriors Have Surprising Point Guard Atop Draft Board

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When the 2019-20 NBA season was halted due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Golden State Warriors had the league's worst record at 15-50. Assuming that their season is over, they will be the favorites to land the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 Draft.

Should that dream scenario come to fruition, it's been predicted that Golden State will select former Memphis center James Wiseman. Given the fit, the pick makes total sense as the 19-year-old stud would serve as the final piece to a Warriors team that is loaded in the backcourt.

Speaking of which, the Dubs surprisingly have Iowa State star Tyrese Haliburton as the top point guard on their Draft board.

LaMelo Ball, who played for the Illawara Hawks in the Australian-based NBL last season, has garnered legitimate buzz in regards to being the top selection in the 2020 Draft. French phenom Killian Hayes is also ranked ahead of Haliburton on most boards, but we don't necessarily fault Golden State's thinking here.

Haliburton did everything for the Cyclones as a sophomore last season. For the year, he averaged 15.2 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.5 assists while shooting 50.4% from the floor and 41.9% on threes. On top of that, he's an underrated athlete, elite passer, sound defender and robust ball-handler. The Wisconsin native even stands at 6-5 and boasts an alluring 7-foot wingspan.

Seriously, what's not to like?

Yes, Ball is a potent scorer, but Golden State doesn't need a shoot-first minded and notoriously erratic guard. They already have Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, two of the greatest shooters the sport has ever seen.

The Warriors might not go on to draft Haliburton, but having him ranked ahead of Ball and Hayes is further proof that they are one of the NBA's best run organizations.