The Golden State Warriors have not gone anywhere. They still have Steve Kerr as the head coach, and both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are expected to be healthy next year. Not to mention, Draymond Green has heard all the noise of him being an average player and wants to prove why he is one of the best defensive players in the league.
While the Warriors don’t have Kevin Durant anymore, they have a Big Three and an opportunity to add another massive piece to their core. By successfully acquiring the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, they have extremely valuable trade assets that every single NBA team would love to have.
The Golden State Warriors can trade this pick to add one of the 6 best centers in the NBA. By adding size and skill in the paint, the Warriors can be on track to win yet another NBA title next season.
Here are the 6 best available centers in the NBA and how the Golden State Warriors can acquire them.
6. Myles Turner
Trade Package: Draymond Green and No. 2 Pick for Myles Turner
Myles Turner has been in trade talks ever since his teammate Domantas Sabonis made an All-Star team this season. After all, Sabonis is a beast as a center while Turner has not looked close to being an All-Star with the Pacers. That doesn’t mean that Turner isn’t a solid player with plenty of potential because he has the skillset to be a dominant big man one day.
Myles Turner can shoot, score inside, and defend the paint at a high level for his position. Turner is younger than Draymond Green, can shoot better, and has more size. If the Warriors do not want to keep Green’s salary on the books for too long and go for youth and potential, Turner is a very valuable addition for them. Sacrificing the No. 2 pick hurts, but Turner can be molded into a star with the right system. The Pacers would accept this trade in a heartbeat since they already have Sabonis and the No. 2 pick adds a great player to their ranks.
Can Warriors Land Myles Turner: Realistic Trade
5. Rudy Gobert
Trade Package: Draymond Green, Eric Paschall, and No. 2 Pick for Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert is the best defensive center in the game and has been for the past 2 years at the very least. The Frenchman just has a knack for contesting shots, swatting away easy shots at the rim, and being a force on defense. There is a reason why the Jazz have been a solid team in the Western Conference ever since Gobert became a defensive stalwart.
Gobert with the Warriors greatly boosts their defense and allows Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to expend a little less effort on defense. Curry needs as much help as he can get defensively already, and Klay can’t be expected to do everything on D. Draymond Green is a great defensive player, but he’s not Rudy Gobert. If the Jazz want to keep Mitchell happy by moving on from Gobert, they might accept a No. 2 pick and Eric Paschall back in a heartbeat.
Can Warriors Land Rudy Gobert: Realistic Trade
4. Bam Adebayo
Trade Package: Draymond Green, Eric Paschall, and No. 2 Pick for Bam Adebayo
Bam Adebayo is a beast at the center position. Head coach Erick Spoelstra mentioned how Bam is one of the best players in the league last year, and he was absolutely right. Bam can do it all at a very high level, better than almost every center in the league. Adebayo is a defensive monster and is very capable on offense. He can hit the mid-range shot, score inside, and is very active on the boards. Overall, Adebayo is the main reason the Miami Heat went to the NBA Finals aside from Jimmy Butler and Spoelstra.
Bam would create a monster Big Three with the Warriors and could certainly guarantee a Western Conference Finals berth. But he is completely untouchable in Miami’s organization because he does everything so well, including passing the ball, that no No. 2 pick can be as useful as him right now. Miami wants to win now, and as such, this trade won’t be happening.
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3. Karl-Anthony Towns
Trade Package: Draymond Green, Eric Paschall, and No. 2 Pick for Karl-Anthony Towns
Only in a Dream Land would KAT pair up with Curry and Klay in possibly the most talented Big Three ever. Towns is a special player and needs to be in an environment and culture dedicated to winning. Playing with the Warriors would boost his growth tremendously and he might become the MVP player we all expect of him. Towns is a bonafide All-Star and a franchise player who is extremely versatile on both ends. He can block shots and defend the rim and also get buckets on the other end. There really isn’t anything Towns can’t do.
The Minnesota Timberwolves hold Towns in the highest regard as an untouchable piece, and for good reason. He is their franchise player and most probably better than the second-best player in the NBA Draft. Eric Paschall and Draymond Green hardly move the needle for the Timberwolves, because they simply do not compare to what Towns brings to the table. Unfortunately for Warriors fans, this trade won’t be happening.
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2. Joel Embiid
Trade Package: Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Eric Paschall, and No. 2 Pick for Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris
In almost any circumstance, a player with Joel Embiid’s skill would be completely untouchable. But the Philadelphia 76ers had a horrific season in terms of inconsistencies and a very poor Playoff run that ended up in a sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics in the first round. Embiid was the main guy on that team, and he couldn’t even get one win for Philly. The Sixers are thrown in limbo because Ben Simmons still can’t shoot and the pairing has not convincingly worked at all.
If the Warriors swoop in and offer the second-round pick with Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green, Philly might take a look. Young prospect Eric Paschall can take some of Embiid’s minutes and can be molded into a full-time starter under a good coach. Doc Rivers signed a 5-year deal with Philly so he can build around Ben Simmons, Eric Paschall, Andrew Wiggins, and the second pick while Draymond Green brings a winning mentality to the squad. That’s right Warriors fans, Joel Embiid just might be available.
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1. Nikola Jokic
Trade Package: Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Eric Paschall, and No. 2 Pick for Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris
We all saw what Nikola Jokic did, leading the Denver Nuggets to the Western Conference Finals alongside Jamal Murray. Murray is a great player, but imagine what Jokic would do with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Yikes.
Jokic, outside of Anthony Davis, is the best big man in the NBA. He has unbelievable court vision, which fits in the Warriors system, and can score in any way with his high arcing release. Jokic is simply unguardable and would create a very dominant Warriors Dynasty with Curry and Klay. Their half-court offense would be unstoppable, and Jokic is effective enough to grab a board and outlet pass to Curry and Klay on the break. The Warriors would certainly be the team to beat.
But Denver is not trading him for the second overall pick, it is just not happening. Neither Green nor Paschall can score or pass like Jokic, while Andrew Wiggins is promising but not convincing enough. Denver was right in the mix to make the NBA Finals, so they will not be looking to tear apart a championship team. Sorry Warriors Nation, Nikola Jokic is staying in Denver and won’t be coming to Golden State in the summer.
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