2021 NBA mock draft: Experts differ on who Warriors should pick

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Experts differ on who Dubs should draft three-plus months out originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The Warriors' season isn't going as planned, and their focus might have to shift to the 2021 NBA Draft after rookie center James Wiseman sustained a meniscus injury that could keep him out for the rest of the year.

Golden State enters Monday with a 25-28 record, which is good for the No. 10 seed in the Western Conference ahead of the Warriors' game against the No. 4-seeded Denver Nuggets. The coming weeks aren't going to get easier, especially after Wiseman's injury. 

The next date to know for Warriors fans is June 22. That's when the Warriors will hope the ping-pong balls bounce their way and the Dubs land the Minnesota Timberwolves' top pick. If it falls outside of the top three, the Warriors will own the T-Wolves' pick. But for now, we only can look at where the Warriors stand with their own top pick.

RELATED: Wiseman injury should solidify Warriors' plans for 2020-21

With three-plus months to go until the July 29 draft, here are who the experts have the Warriors taking. 

James Ham, NBC Sports Bay Area: Jaden Springer, PG

Why: "Early in the season Springer looked a little lost on a deep squad, but he found his place as the season developed. Powerful, fearless and maybe a little angry, Springer loves to get fancy with the dribble, the pass and the dunk. He’s shot the ball well with the Vols and he’s made solid decisions with the ball as a distributor. Springer has a nice feel for the game and an NBA ready body, although he could use some seasoning.

"Steph can’t play for ever. Drafting an eventual replacement and allowing that player to work as an understudy for a few seasons makes a lot of sense. Springer has the raw skills to be an excellent NBA point guard, but at 18-years-old, he will need time."

Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz, ESPN: Alperen Sengun, PF/C

Why: Givony and Schmitz don't expand on the Warriors' Sengun pick.

He's an 18-year-old from Turkey who currently plays for Besiktas. Listed at 6-foot-9, he's averaging 19.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, according to Basketball Reference.

Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report: Ziaire Williams, SF

Why: "Williams should be able to make up some ground during the predraft process, where he figures to sway teams with workout shooting (that's more convincing than his numbers) and strong interviews. The Warriors should also be drawn to his archetype—a 6'8" three-and-D wing who can handle in transition and pick-and-rolls."

Kyle Boone, CBS: Tre Man, G

Why: "Florida turned the keys over to Tre Mann to cook over the final stretch of the season. The result of that was gigantic for his draft stock, as he averaged 18.1 points per game over his last seven and added a 30-burger to his resume against Tennessee and its stacked backcourt in that stretch. He really grew over the course of the season as a shot-maker and is oozing with NBA talent as a creator from the guard spot, even if it's not likely as a lead guard."

Brad Rowland, Uproxx: Moses Moody, G/F

Why: "In my view, this would be a heist for the Warriors. Like Franz Wagner, Moody put some poor play on tape in the NCAA Tournament, and that caused what I view to be an overreaction with his stock. For me, he’s a clear top-10 prospect in this draft, and his potential two-way impact is highly enticing as a high-end role player."

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