The Golden State Warriors decided against dealing a highly coveted draft pick at the trade deadline, and now could be rewarded with Final Four hero Jalen Suggs.

The Gonzaga freshman hit one of the greatest shots in college basketball history on Saturday, banking in a 40-footer to defeat UCLA in overtime and send his team to the title game on Monday. In doing so, Suggs likely solidified his place in the top five for the upcoming draft, where he would potentially be in reach for the Warriors — if a number of circumstances play out in their favor.

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Warriors Would Likely Snatch Suggs

As Alex Didion of NBC Sports Bay Area noted, quite a few stars would need to align for the Warriors to have a chance at drafting Suggs. Golden State received a top-three protected pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of last year’s D’Angelo Russell trade, and Minnesota’s last-place record gives the Warriors a roughly 60 percent chance that it would convey, giving them the No. 4 or No. 5 pick.


— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 4, 2021

Suggs appears to have moved above that point, with Didion noting that many mock drafts now have him going as high as No. 2. But in the chance that something between now and late July causes him to fall just a bit further down the board, the Warriors would likely pounce on the opportunity to draft the dynamic 19-year-old.

“If he somehow makes it out of the first three picks without being selected, the Warriors would have a miracle fall into their lap if they could bring Suggs into the fold,” Didion wrote.

There isn’t a better option from this draft class to pair with the Splash Brothers than Suggs, and Warriors fans should be crossing their fingers for the possibility of getting to select Suggs in this summer’s draft.

If those circumstances should play out, it could justify Golden State’s decision not to part with the pick at the trade deadline. The Warriors reportedly ended trade talks with the Rockets around guard Victor Oladipo after Houston sought either the Minnesota pick or rookie center James Wiseman, both of which were off-limits …read more



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Warriors Could Snag Final Four Hero Jalen Suggs in NBA Draft: Report

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