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2020 NBA mock draft 6.0: Projecting Warriors, Kings’ first-round picks

It’s mock draft time!

Without a clear understanding of when NBA basketball will resume, the league has put both the combine and the draft lottery on ice. You can’t set a draft order until final records are tallied. You can’t tally final records until you make a decision on what will happen to the final 18 games of the regular season.

Eligible players had until April 26 to put their name into the draft, although they can still remove themselves from the process up until June 3. It’s a crowded field and players will have very little opportunity to drive up their stock without being able to meet face to face with teams.

There is still a lot that can change between now and draft night, including the draft order and the actual date of both the lottery and draft itself. To add a more realistic spin to the mock, we’ve turned to the draft simulator on Tankathon.com to randomize the lottery order.

Here is a look at NBC Sports California’s 2020 Mock Draft 6.0:


Michael Jordan-Steve Kerr fight shows NBA team conflicts have evolved

Michael Jordan-Steve Kerr fight shows NBA team conflicts have evolved

Steve Kerr always has used adversity to help fuel his internal fire. Back in college, after some students at rival Arizona State taunted the assassination of Steve’s father in Beirut, Kerr responded by hitting six three-pointers and scoring 22 points as his Arizona Wildcats rolled to a win.

Kerr’s infamous fight with Michael Jordan also helped the two develop some mutual respect, and forced Jordan to take a look in the mirror following his return to the Chicago Bulls from playing baseball. The Warriors coach sees interpersonal conflict as something that can help bring teams together.

Michael Jordan breaks down exactly how he ended up punching Steve Kerr in the face during Bulls practice. Afterward we discuss the difference between then, when a fight could go largely unnoticed, and now, where if a guy subtweets his teammate, there is large-scale FREAKING OUT. pic.twitter.com/DHwcDQ2dnm

Draymond Green and Kerr’s infamous blowup at halftime of a 2016 game in Oklahoma City became a national headline as the altercation nearly became physical. But Kerr thanked Green for his intensity just a few months later while accepting his NBA Coach of the Year Award.

“Draymond — don’t ever change, if you’re watching this,” Kerr said in 2016. “Keep yelling at me, I’m gonna keep yelling at you. It’s the best. He provides the edge that this team needs. Without Draymond, we’d be in trouble. We would be too quiet, and too nice.”

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Today’s generation, however, no longer solves things with fists. On-court beefs are carried over to social media in 2020, where Instagram stories and Twitter timelines become the new battleground for today’s athletes. Players choose to take shots at press conferences instead of in between the baselines.

When players do fight, teams become fractured. After Bobby Portis clocked Nikola Mirotic during a Chicago Bulls practice and broke bones in his face, Portis was swiftly traded and the team ended up going 27-55.

Kerr and Jordan’s fight bringing the Bulls closer together seems to be the opposite of what happened following Green and Kevin Durant’s famous shouting match on the court that nearly turned into a locker room brawl. While the Bulls went on to win 72 games and three consecutive NBA Finals with Kerr and Jordan working together, Green and Durant never fully seemed to patch things up.

The two could have tried to bring the team back together and dominated for an untold number of years to come, but instead, KD chose to take his talents east to Brooklyn.

While I’m not here encouraging NBA players to throw hands every time they have a disagreement, but sometimes a battle between teammates can actually bring a team closer together. Adversity can be a binding influence for a locker room instead of a divisive one.

In the case of Durant and Green however, it doesn’t appear that adversity had the same type of positive impact on the Warriors.

If only KD had felt the way Kerr does about Draymond’s leadership.

Warriors following city’s lead as California begins ‘Phase Two’ plan

Warriors following city’s lead as California begins ‘Phase Two’ plan

It has been eight weeks since the Warriors appeared in a game, and the players and coaches are as eager to get back in the gym as Dub Nation is to see live games.

Do not expect that anytime soon, despite California Governor Gavin Newsom announcing this week that he is targeting Friday to move into Phase Two of a four-phase plan to allow some businesses, including retail stores and warehouse suppliers, to reopen.

There still is no timeline for basketball practices, much less games, in the Bay Area, where the shelter-in-place order extended through May has not been lifted.

The Warriors say they are taking some cues from Newsom but that final word on their process will come from the office of San Francisco Mayor London Breed.

“Our plan is to follow the lead of the city,” Raymond Ridder, the team’s vice president of communications, told NBC Sports Bay Area on Tuesday.

That being the case, do not expect a full return to non-game basketball activities at Chase Center until this summer at the soonest.

While some consider Gov. Newsom exceedingly cautious, he has thus far been more flexible than Breed. As a former San Francisco Mayor, Newsom also understands Breed’s deeper concerns, citing the Bay Area as a region of “stricter guidelines” largely due to its relatively dense population.

“We are not telling locals that believe it’s too soon, too fast to modify,” Newsom said during his Monday news conference. “We believe those local communities that have separate timelines should be afforded the capacity to advance those timelines.”

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For the San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area, that means very carefully. Decisions in Breed’s office are made in consultation with the Department of Public Health and the San Francisco County health officer.

Like Newsom, Breed is providing multiple updates each week. She has on several occasions referenced the Spanish Flu pandemic, which came in two waves, in the fall of 1918 and the winter of 1919, killing about 3,000 people in San Francisco.

Safety measures, including masks, were utilized. At the first sign of a slowdown, citizens, including the mayor, began unmasking. It was a mistake, as the pandemic remerged with a vengeance. That history lesson clearly resonates with Breed.

“The last thing we want to do is roll back some of the gains that we’ve made by continuing to flatten the curve, even though we’ve not lowered the curve, it remains relatively flat,” she told ABC-TV on Tuesday. “That provides an opportunity to look at opening small businesses where they can do pickup and delivery, like candle shops and flower shops and some of our smaller retail locations within neighborhoods.

“It’s important that we look at those opportunities,” Breed added, “but we (also) not believe it’s OK that we just all of a sudden open our doors and get back to normal because the virus is still a threat and we can see it surge at any time.”

The Warriors have a designated executive, Yoyo Chan, working as sort of a liaison with local, state and federal governments. As California businesses advance from one phase to the next, Chan, who has experience in government agencies in Oakland and San Francisco, will work with the mayor’s office to determine when and how the Warriors will proceed.

The team’s business personnel have spent weeks formulating procedures, while communicating with NBA headquarters in New York, that can be rolled out before the doors reopen.

Among the measures expected to be in place before Chase Center reopens to team employees are continued social distancing and constant disinfecting.

The Warriors, according to Ridder, are not pressuring the city to reopen. Nor do they know which Phase will allow it. Their plan, for now, is to remain in communication with the city while preparing for the day they’re able to reopen to employees and, eventually, ticketholders.

“We’re basically saying to the city, ‘Here are our protocols that we are putting into place when our players and staff return to the practice facility,’” Ridder said.

That’s as far as it goes. For now. And the foreseeable future.

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