• The Golden State Warriors are positioned to select a top prospect in the upcoming NBA draft
  • One possible talent they can look into is Maccabi Tel Aviv star Deni Avdija
  • Avdija stands at six-foot-nine and possesses a smooth touch from the outside 

The Golden State Warriors have fallen to a lottery selection in the upcoming draft. Amidst the talk of selecting highly recruited prospects such as Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball, Maccabi Tel Aviv star Deni Avdija has also emerged as a possible choice for the Bay Area team.

It has been a unique year for the Warriors given the series of injuries and roster changes the franchise went through.

The 2019-2020 season features a completely new look for the Warriors as their veteran players were replaced with rookies and new players. The Splash Brothers were injured and key players such as Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston have parted ways.

With everything that has happened to the Warriors, they still remain as a team to watch as they’re looking to boost their lineup even more through the draft.

Speculation has revolved around several players such as Edwards and Ball as the best choices for the Warriors. Other experts on the other hand have rumored James Wiseman, Onyenka Okongwu, Obbi Toppin, or even Killian Hayes as better fits.

While these top prospects appear to be a good addition to the team, Avdija has found himself included in the Warriors speculation. The versatile big man has the size of a typical forward but possesses the ball-handling skills of a guard. Standing at six-foot-nine, the European star can make plays out of the pick and roll. In addition to this, he also has a smooth shooting stroke and can light it up from anywhere on the court.

To add to these traits, Avdija is scouted to have great mobility on the court with how he cuts to the basket. These strengths will benefit Avdija in the long run if he’s given the chance to suit up with the Warriors. Having the championship presence of the Splash Brothers will further develop his game to the next level.

While plans are not certain for the Warriors’ front office, it would be interesting to see how Golden State approaches the upcoming draft with a lot of options for young and promising prospects.

2019 NBA Draft Board
The first round draft board is seen during the 2019 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 20, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Getty Images/Sarah Stier