The Warriors are gearing up to defend their title yet again, but it's never too early to talk NBA draft.
With the NCAA Tournament ending with the Virginia Cavaliers bathing in confetti, and the NBA playoffs set to begin Saturday, it's time to take an early look at who the pundits believe the Warriors will be selected late in the first round.
CBS Sports: Ayo Dosunmu, PG, Illinois; Daniel Gafford, C, Arkansas
CBS Sports' Gary Parrish and Kyle Boone offer different scenarios for the Dubs. Boone has the Warriors taking Dosunmu with the No. 29 pick after making a trade with the Toronto Raptors. Due to Shaun Livingston's NBA future up in the air, Boone believes the Warriors could take the high-upside guard, and have him learn under Steph Curry's tutelage. As for Parrish, he has the Warriors taking Gafford, an athletic big who can jump out of the gym. The sophomore has an unpolished offensive game but has the physical gifts to go in the first round.
Sports Illustrated: Mfiondu Kabengele, PF, Florida State
Kabengele was a key cog for a Florida State team that made yet another Sweet 16 run. The 6-foot-9 forward can shoot the 3-ball and is an above average rim protector. He has the skill set to play right away for the Warriors if they need him.
NBADraft.net: Moses Brown, C, UCLA
Brown is an unpolished product who likely should return to Westwood for his sophomore season. He is an explosive athlete who runs the floor well. Brown's offensive game could use some work and he still needs time bulk up and build his strength to bang inside. He'll be a project if he comes out.
USA Today: Matisse Thybulle, G, Washington
The best defender in college basketball certainly could be of use to the Warriors. The 6-foot-6 guard is arguably the top 3-and-D wing in the draft. He was named the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year this past season and has the feel of a perfect role player in today's NBA.
Bleacher Report: Chuma Okeke, F, Auburn
Johnathan Wasserman sees the Dubs drafting Okeke, whose stock was soaring before tearing his ACL in the Sweet 16 against North Carolina. If the Warriors don't see a player who can make an immediate impact, they could look to Okeke wouldn't see the floor for some time.