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The Blue Route Mock Draft: Pick #28 – Golden State Warriors

With the twenty-eighth pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors select…

Blue Route is bringing you draft coverage leading up to the NBA draft on June 20th, 2019. The NBA draft often sees movement, trades, and drama, so to prepare you for various potential outcomes, the Blue Route will be giving you draft profiles for the all of the likely top picks, as well as our very own mock draft.

2019 NBA Mock Draft Results
    1. New Orleans Pelicans – Zion Williamson
    2. Memphis Grizzlies – Ja Morant
    3. New York Knicks – RJ Barrett
    4. Los Angeles Lakers – Jarrett Culver
    5. Cleveland Cavaliers – DeAndre Hunter
    6. Phoenix Suns – Coby White
    7. Chicago Bulls – Cam Reddish
    8. Atlanta Hawks – Sekou Doumbouya
    9. Washington Wizards – Bol Bol 
    10. Atlanta Hawks – Jaxson Hayes 
    11. Minnesota Timberwolves – Nickeil Alexander-Walker
    12. Charlotte Hornets – Darius Garland
    13. Miami Heat – PJ Washington
    14. Boston Celtics – Brandon Clarke
    15. Detroit Pistons – Rui Hachimura
    16. Orlando Magic – Goga Bitazde
    17. Atlanta Hawks (via trade with Brooklyn) – Nassir Little
    18. Indiana Pacers – Bruno Fernando
    19. San Antonio Spurs – Cam Johnson
    20. Boston Celtics – Talen Horton-Tucker
    21. OKC Thunder – Tyler Herro
    22. Boston Celtics – Romeo Langford
    23. Utah Jazz – Matisse Thybulle
    24. Philadelphia 76ers – Kevin Porter Jr.
    25. Portland Trail Blazers – Grant Williams
    26. Cleveland Cavaliers – Dylan Windler
    27. Brooklyn Nets – Keldon Johnson

Current State of the Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors have the most unpredictable future in the entire NBA. The franchise has a ton of questions that have developed over the past few months with not many answers, after falling in six games to the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals. 

Free agency is one of those major questions, but we will go into that in a bit. There is a ton of uncertainty about the Warriors’ roster as it is. 

Injuries are the worst thing about any sport, period. Unfortunately for the Warriors, two players of their main core — Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant — have suffered very serious injuries. Kevin Durant went down in his Game 5 return with an Achilles injury, with Klay Thompson going down in the next game with a torn ACL. 

How both will perform if/when they return from injury will ultimately determine the direction of the franchise going forward. 

Looking ahead into 2019 Free Agency

The Warriors had their hands full with 2019 free agency before the injury bug struck the team. The team has a ton of impending free agents on the current roster that they will ultimately have to make a decision on. The list includes Kevin Durant (who has a player option), Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, Andrew Bogut, Jonas Jerebko, Kevon Looney, Quinn Cook, and Jordan Bell. 

Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson will be their ultimate priority in free agency, and it’s likely they’ll offer both stars max contracts even with their current injury issues. 

DeMarcus Cousins is likely gone in free agency, with Steve Kerr even mentioning to the media that he will only likely be here for one year as they won’t be able to pay him his future worth. 

The Warriors will likely be limited on cash with them throwing max contracts out, so it will be interesting to see if they can throw some veteran minimum contracts at players seeking a ring. The Warriors are unlikely to be a true contender next season. 

Warriors GM Bob Myers has been a wizard with this team and set up the franchise with five consecutive Finals trips. It will be interesting to see if he has any of that magic dust left over for the Warriors and their future

The Selection – Mfiondu Kabengele 

Woah, that’s a mouthful. Mfiondu Kabengele could be the perfect fit for the Warriors’ future, regardless of whichever direction the franchise takes. 

Kabengele is coming off of a successful sophomore campaign with the Florida State Seminoles averaging 13 points-per-game and 6 rebounds-per-game in only 21.6 minutes per-game. 

Playing either power forward or center, Kabengele has the tools to develop into a modern big man. He’s shown capability of hitting outside shots and can become — at the very least — a decent rim protector with time. 

Kabengele will need to take time to sharpen his skill set, as he still is somewhat raw. He has a tendency to foul often — almost three times per game — in limited playing time. He will also need to work on his playmaking as he’s not great with dribbling or passing. 

DeMarcus Cousins is their biggest player who is likely gone in free agency. While there’s uncertainty around Thompson or Durant, you can get a quality big that you can develop into your next big man with Kabengele. 

Rookie Predictions

It’s very unlikely that Kabengele would make an impact early on with Golden State. They would likely opt to go with a veteran player over him for the time being. His first season would likely feature some playing time in the G-League for developmental purposes. 

With that being said, I think he has the qualities to put up respectable numbers in that league; somewhere along the lines of 10 points-per-game to go along with 8 rebounds-per-game on good shooting percentages.