The Golden State Warriors were fresh off 5-straight NBA Finals appearances when injuries and the departure of Kevin Durant currently has them 15th in the West with the league’s worst record at 15-50.
Their poor performance on the court will likely pay off in the form of the #1 draft pick in the NBA draft. Do they plan to actually use that pick? Probably not.
With Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green set to return at full strength by the start of the next campaign, there is nothing holding them back from returning to the title-contending state and the team might want to add another piece to the team.
Josh Schrock of NBC Sports Bay Area recently talked about how the team could use Andrew Wiggins, Eric Paschall, and a few picks to trade for Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid.
“But just as the Giannis dreams are extinguished, a new hope will arrive in the form of the Philadelphia 76ers’ dysfunction. After getting bounced from the playoffs in the second round the 76ers fire coach Brett Brown and make it known that the Joel Embiid-Ben Simmons partnership isn’t in their long-term plans.
With Giannis locked up in Milwaukee, Bob Myers turns his attention to acquiring Embiid, sending Andrew Wiggins, Eric Paschall and two first-round picks and a future pick swap to Philadelphia for Embiid. The Warriors reconstruction is complete, and they enter the 2020-21 season as one of the favorites to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy.”
In 12 games with the Warriors — Wiggins averaged 19.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.6 assists on 45.7% shooting.
Eric Paschall didn’t get to share the floor with Steph Curry a lot during his rookie season, but the Villanova product still averaged 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while 49.7 percent from the field.
In 44 games this season, Embiid is averaging 23.4 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 blocks.