2019 NBA Draft: Full Mock Draft 3.0, Atlanta Hawks Pick #8 & #10 After Lottery

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#28. Golden State Warriors — Naz Reid

The Golden State Warriors have drafted an array of larger players of the years since finding gold throughout earlier drafts. It seems the team might’ve uncovered a diamond in the rough with Kevon Looney – who has been a revelation throughout the 2019 Playoffs.

Looney is playing so well, in fact, that the Warriors might not be able to retain his services past this season, as he will be a free agent. The Atlanta Hawks should definitely make some less-than-subtle overtures towards Looney, even if the team drafts Jaxson Hayes considering that Looney has been cool as a cucumber in extremely high-stress minutes against the Houston Rockets and other teams throughout this 2019 playoff run.

With Looney likely gone and Andrew Bogut potentially retiring (again), the Warriors will almost certainly prioritize a wing here unless they have a hankering for a wing like KZ Okpala or Miye Oni.

Instead, in this 2019 NBA Draft mock-up, the Warriors will select sweet-shooting big man Naz Reid out of LSU. ESPN’s Jonathan Wasserman reports that Reid has not yet covered himself in glory in the NBA Draft Combine due to his body fat ratio:

Still though, Draymond Green was not in stupendous shape when the Warriors drafted him in the second round, yet he was soon one of the most fearsome defensive presences in the NBA. Reid projects to be less of a factor on that end and more of an offensive figurehead.

Ried combines striking ballhandling skills in a mammoth 6-foot-10, 245-pound frame as well as the ability to hit spot-up and pull-up triples. His numbers aren’t spectacular from NBA three-point range per The Stepien (24 of 70, 34.3%), but a big man being able to hit triples would potentially add a dynamic to a Warriors offense that has never lacked for space.