The Golden State Warriors are celebrating their fourth league title in eight seasons, and it’s an incredible achievement. While the players are certainly celebrating the huge achievement, the front office should focus on retooling for next season. Despite being a day after the NBA Finals concludes, the 2022 NBA draft is less than a week away.
The Golden State will turn their attention to adding another key element in the hope of repeating it. The Warriors are currently ranked 28th, 51st, and 55th overall. Here are three inconspicuous names to watch out for when drafting.
3 prospects the Warriors should target in the 2022 NBA draft
Max Christy – security guard, Michigan
A lanky 6-foot-5 guard with impressive athleticism, Max Christie would fit in perfectly with the Warriors’ style of play. The 19-year-old averaged 9.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists. He shot 38.2% from the field and 31.7% from threes, the biggest red flag of his game. He also needs to add muscle to his body. This has been a problem for Michigan State’s college product and will continue at the NBA level.
However, the shooting touch and active play style is worth the risk. Christie is ready to defend and can create with the ball in his hand. His playing style is still very flexible and he can easily fit into the Warriors’ style of play. Similar to what the Dubs did with Jordan Poole, Christy would greatly benefit from learning from Stephen Curry before really stepping in. This will be a long-term choice, but it can pay off heavily for a franchise.
Christian Brown – Wing, Kansas
Kansas powerhouse three-year-old Christian Brown has everything you’re looking for in an NBA RPG. Brown is 6ft 7in with good athleticism and understanding of his role. The 21-year-old wasn’t relied upon as a shot-maker or true offensive coordinator, but he was never afraid to step in and hit the team big. Last season in Kansas, Brown averaged 14.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He also shot 38.6 percent on three-point attempts.
While Brown may not have any standout skills, Brown doesn’t have a distinct weakness either. It projects a catch-and-throw perspective well and is much more versatile than it’s been credited for. The Kansas product ceiling is somewhat limited, but it seems like a sure bet for giving free minutes to a rival team, especially Golden State.
Bryce McGowans Security Guard, Nebraska
Another hitting defender with intriguing potential is Bryce McGowans. He spent one season in Nebraska, where he was the offensive center. averaging 16.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Distribution of efficiency is the biggest problem with McGowan’s game. This season, he’s only shot 40.3% from the field and 27.4% from threes. He also lacks the strength to hold his own at the NBA level. The 6ft 6ft guard had more physical guards to worry about and this will continue in the NBA.
Although his game has been largely inconsistent, the flashes that McGowans shows make him worthy of picking. His jump shot isn’t as bad as the stats might suggest, and he’s looked really impressive at some points this season. The Nebraska product has the necessary athleticism to be used at the NBA level and will benefit from not having high expectations when it enters the league. Of course, he still has a few years to become a real player, but in the long run he can significantly outmaneuver his place in the draft for the Warriors.