© Brian Spurlock | 2019 Mar 19
After losing in the 2019 NBA Finals and losing two of their three All-Stars to injury along the way, the Golden State Warriors head for the offseason with a need to re-configure and re-tool their roster. While Warriors fans have grown accustomed to big-name free agency acquisitions in recent years, the best place for the Warriors to acquire young talent this year is through the NBA Draft.
Due to their record-breaking run of success throughout the last five seasons, the Golden State Warriors have often found themselves picking at the end of each round, where they have had some success in the past, but recently that success hasn’t been on-par with their on-court dominance.
The NBA Draft will take place on Thursday, June 20. Wednesday morning, Warriors insider Monte Poole stopped by the Murph & Mac show to discuss the offseason and the Warriors’ plans for the draft.
“I seem to think that most draft picks after the first 10 or 12 tend to be underwhelming, at least coming in,” Poole said. “I think that some guys outperform their draft slot, obviously Draymond Green is a classic example of that as a guy who was 35, but look at where he is now.”
Poole then discussed the type of player that he imagines the Warriors will target with the 28th selection of the draft.
“I know that they want a wing. They want a wing and (Dylan) Windler is a wing that can shoot. Bob Myers always says ‘you can’t have too many shooters,'” Poole said. “Well, when you watch that Finals you saw how many shooters Toronto had, you saw how many shooters the Warriors had and thought ‘uh oh, the Warriors are in trouble’ if they don’t get KD and Klay, the Raptors are shooting threes all over the floor by all five players. The Warriors are like ‘well if we don’t have Klay and KD who’s gonna shoot threes?’ Steph and…you don’t get much else.”
Monte Poole then broke down the specific player that he thinks the Warriors will take if he’s still on the board at 28.
Poole said: “I definitely think that if Dylan Windler is there when they pick, I don’t bet, but I think that they would take him.”
Dylan Windler is a four-year player from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Windler, who is 6’8″, averaged 13.2 points per game throughout his college career, but scored 21.3 points per game in his senior season, while also averaging 10.8 rebounds. He definitely fits the profile of a wing player who can shoot, as he was a career 54.1 percent shooter and shot 40.6 percent from three during his four years at Belmont.
Here are the highlights of Windler dropping 35 points vs. Maryland in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Listen to the full interview with Monte Poole below. To hear him discuss the NBA Draft, start from 12:00.