NBA mock draft: Hornets leapfrog Warriors, pick James Wiseman No. 1

Drew Shiller
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NBA mock draft: Hornets leapfrog Warriors, pick Wiseman No. 1 originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The Minnesota Timberwolves, Warriors and Charlotte Hornets hold the rights to the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 draft picks respectively.

But in his latest mock draft, The Athletic's Kevin O'Connor has the Hornets trading up to select James Wiseman with the top selection.

And what about Golden State?

He has the Warriors going with Anthony Edwards, which is a change from mid-September when O'Connor had the Dubs taking Deni Avdija.

It's safe to assume that Brandon Payne -- Steph Curry's personal trainer -- is a fan of this updated exercise.

"The guy that really stands out to me is Anthony Edwards," Payne recently said on the "WarriorsWorld" podcast. "I think Anthony Edwards is outstanding. I think he's a guy that can do a lot of good things. I think he's a guy that can score and defend from Day 1.

"So with that number two pick, if he's there, I think that's your call -- unless you're looking to make a trade."

Edwards averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals during his one college season with the Georgia Bulldogs. He shot 40 percent overall and 29.4 percent from 3-point territory across 32 games.

It is unclear if "Ant-Man" is 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5 without shoes on, but multiple national outlets put his wingspan at 6-foot-9 or 6-foot-10.

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"I feel like the defensive end -- if I lock in every time on the defensive end, nobody's better than me in the draft," Edwards told Bleacher Report's Taylor Rooks earlier this year. "Of course I feel like I can score the best. I can pass, rebound -- all type of stuff.

"But I feel like defense is gonna separate everybody in the draft."

The Warriors reportedly conducted an in-person workout and meeting with Edwards last week.

"Edwards’ exceptional athleticism jumped out in person," The Athletic's Marcus Thompson writes. "He seemed to really impress the Warriors with his freakishness."

The draft is scheduled for Nov. 18, which means we are a little over three weeks away from finding out how Golden State's front office truly feels about this year's crop of prospects.

And don't be surprised if the Warriors end up trading down.

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