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How do moves elsewhere on NBA Draft night impact the Warriors?


The Warriors only got a few days to bask in their fourth championship in eight years before the rest of the NBA got to officially start working on knocking them off the mountaintop.

And while the Warriors’ night wasn’t the quietest among potential challengers in the Western Conference, some of them clearly made moves with an eye toward dethroning the champs.

Golden State used its first round pick at No. 28 overall on Wisconsin-Milwaukee forward Patrick Baldwin Jr., a versatile 6-foot-9 wing who’s just 19 years old. While he battled injuries in his lone collegiate year, he was one of the top recruits coming out of high school and is considered a development project.

In the second round, the Warriors made a surprise trade with the Hawks to move up from No. 51 to No. 44, throwing in $2 million to make the deal happen, and took Toledo guard Ryan Rollins. The soon-to-be 20-year-old is 6-foot-4 but has a 6-foot-10 wingspan was named to the Mid-Major All-America team this season. Golden State used its other second round pick (No. 55 overall) on forward Gui Santos of Brazil, who is likely to draft-and-stash.


Golden State has other issues to address on its roster, come free agency, and neither Baldwin nor Rollins are likely to enter training camp with expectations to contribute to the title defense.

But for the teams chasing Golden State out West, a few of them made moves — and one notably didn’t — that shook up their rosters. Here’s a rundown of what the top three Western Conference teams did on Thursday night:

Dallas Mavericks

While the series against the Warriors was a gentlemen’s sweep, Dallas did finish runner-up in the West, so they get top billing in this assessment. And the Mavericks seemed to quickly identify their biggest weakness, as before Golden State played Game 6 of the NBA Finals last Thursday, the Mavericks agreed to trade for Rockets big man Christian Wood, sending four players who played less than 100 minutes combined during their playoff run and the No. 26 overall pick.

Wood is a stretch forward who can shoot from the outside (39% from 3-point range last season) and could play small-ball center against smaller lineups, like what the Warriors used. Wood has some questions about his defense of him, as he’s not quick enough when facing faster forwards nor is the 6-foot-9, 214-pounder big enough to pound with centers consistently.

The Mavericks also traded into the second round with the Kings and took 6-foot-4 guard Jalen Hardy at No. 39 overall. Like Baldwin for the Warriors, Hardy was considered a top prospect coming out of high school, but the 19-year-old struggled with defense and consistent effort with G League Ignite. Still, he has a lot of upside, and some experts compare his shooting touch of him to Jordan Poole.

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