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The Golden State Warriors have been linked to a flurry of top prospects through the pre-draft process with a pair of first-round picks in the 2021 edition of the draft. Along with potential player links, the Warriors have also been at the center of trade chatter since landing the No. 7 and No. 14 picks in the lottery.
With draft day finally around the corner, the Warriors are reportedly narrowing their list of options down before coming on the clock at No. 7. According to Connor Letourneau of The San Francisco Chronicle, the Warriors have “zeroed in” on four prospects before the draft.
G League Ignite forward Jonathan Kuminga, Australia’s Josh Giddey, UConn guard James Bouknight and Michigan forward Franz Wagner are the four players the Warriors are potentially targeting, per Letourneau.
Numerous names have been linked to the Warriors at seven, but The Chronicle’s latest intel suggests that they’ve zeroed in on four players there: Kuminga, Giddey, Connecticut guard James Bouknight and Michigan forward Franz Wagner.
Read Letourneau’s full story via The San Francisco Chronicle here.
During the draft process, the Warriors have been linked to each player in different mock drafts. While either watching Giddey with Australia during the Olympic exhibition run or flying to Miami to see Kuminga work out, Golden State has been monitoring all four prospects.
In the latest mock draft from Cody Taylor of USA TODAY’s Rookie Wire, the Warriors land Bouknight with the No. 7 pick.
Via Rookie Wire:
Bouknight was named to the All-Big East first team after averaging 18.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 15 games. In two years, Bouknight established himself as a strong scorer who can do so at all three levels. Last year, he became the first freshman in nine years to score 20 points in three straight contests. He has worked extensively on his shooting during the pre-draft process and, with some improvement, could be one of the top offensive players in the class. Of course, it remains to be seen if Golden State ultimately takes this pick, as they have been said to be interested in trading it, but Bouknight would offer some needed offense off the bench.
Before the draft, watch different highlights from Wagner, Giddey, Kuminga and Bouknight via YouTube:
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