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NBA mock draft: Warriors second-round pick projection at No. 52

NBA mock draft: Warriors second-round pick projection at No. 52 originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

With the Warriors missing out on the 2024 NBA Playoffs, it’s time to look ahead for Dub Nation.

Golden State will look to strike gold again in the 2024 NBA Draft after selecting Brandin Podziemski and Trayce Jackson-Davis in the first and second rounds, respectively, last year.

And of course, NBA pundits and pundits are already working on determining who the Warriors could select in the second round on June 27. Using Tankathon to simulate the mock draft order, Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman predicted who Golden State would select at No. 52. in the second round.

No. 52 (Warriors) – Tristen Newton, PG, Connecticut

“Even if there are flaws in Tristen Newton’s athletic limitations and shooting, his versatility and winning percentage will earn him two-way contract offers.

The standout player of the Final Four was Connecticut’s engine in the win over Purdue, finishing with 20 points, seven assists, five boards and zero turnovers.

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Ultimately, he showed enough shotmaking, passing and hard finishing that teams can take a chance on an older player who might not pass the eye test.” – Wasserman

The Warriors likely only have one pick in the second round of the 2024 draft unless their first-round pick ends up in the top four. While that limits their ability to develop starting talent, it’s clear that Wasserman believes Newton’s versatility should set him apart from other available second-round talent.

Should Newton find his way to the Bay and get a two-way contract as Wesserman suggested, the 6-foot-1 point guard will only have to look to past Warriors players like Lester Quinones for inspiration. Quinones started last season as a two-way player for the Warriors, but worked his way up to a standard NBA contract in the second half.

Newton was a big part of the Huskies’ second consecutive NCAA championship, averaging 15 points, six assists and six rebounds on the season, with a team-high 20 points in UConn’s title win.

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It remains to be seen what the Warriors will do in the upcoming draft. But more depth at the guard position certainly couldn’t hurt.

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