5. Ty Jerome
Anyone watching the Golden State Warriors scramble to find any spacing in the NBA Finals can recognize they need to improve in that area. The Raptors were able to roll out a rarely seen box-and-one zone defense because the Warriors’ shooters other than Stephen Curry did not scare them.
That is why a player such as Ty Jerome could be a target with the 28th pick. Even with a healthy Klay Thompson, the Dubs need shooters. Jerome fits that bill. The Virginia guard shot 39.9 percent from 3-point range last season and projects as a plus-shooter at the next level.
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Defensively Jerome is not going to be a game-changer; he’s not Klay Thompson, for example. Yet the expectation is that he should be a solid team defender, combining effort with high-level intelligence to be in the right spot and make the right rotation even if his athleticism may put him at a disadvantage at times.
The future of the Warriors is very much up in the air, and they may never again contend for a title with this group. Yet even with their devastating injuries and free agency unknowns, this team will play next season with one of the three best players in the league and one of the three best defensive players in the league in Curry and Green, respectively.
Therefore, they want to be sure to collect players who can both help in the regular season and stay on the court in the postseason. Jerome has the skill-set to be a “16-game player” as Green would describe it, and he proved his worth at the highest level of college basketball in helping the Virginia Cavaliers win the title this past spring. He would be a great fit playing alongside Curry while trying to bring another title to the Bay.