Golden State Warriors: Re-Sign Steph Curry
This is a no-brainer. Since coming to the Warriors in the 2009 NBA draft, the Warriors have completed changed as a franchise. Not only did Curry propel them from mediocrity to perennial contender, but he also pioneered the Warriors to the success needed to obtain a new arena. He’s the face of the franchise and the catalyst behind all of their success. I almost didn’t put this as their main priority because of how obvious it is.
Los Angeles Clippers: Re-Sign Chris Paul
Choosing between re-signing Chris Paul or Blake Griffin as the team’s number one priority was difficult, but in the end, I had to side with Paul. Since obtaining Paul, the team has not missed the playoffs. In addition to that, Griffin has ended both of the last two seasons with debilitating injuries, and he’s missed large portions of both seasons. The league is also a point guard driven league. It is much more important to secure a player such as Chris Paul than Blake Griffin because of what is needed to succeed in the NBA.
Sacramento Kings: Draft a Point Guard in the Top Ten
It’s impossible to argue against the idea that the Kings have been the laughing stock of the NBA for the last decade. Not only have they not made the playoffs since 2006, but they have also failed to select in the top three picks of the draft and have made a number of illogical, bewildering trades. Their mediocrity can largely be traced back to their lack of talent at the point guard position. The Kings haven’t had an All-Star caliber point guard since Tiny Archibald. The team needs to find one, and with two picks in the top ten, they must look to draft one. Either De’Aaron Fox or Dennis Smith JR. are logical fits, but with the Kings you just never know.
Los Angeles Lakers: Draft Lonzo Ball
The Lakers franchise is in the meat of their long rebuild, and they would be foolish to try and speed up the process by trading their number two overall pick even if it would net them the likes of Paul George. Even with a player of his stature, the team would still be a fringe playoff team. They need to continue to build around and develop their young talent. Drafting Lonzo Ball, an LA kid and one of the most talented players in the draft, makes all the sense in the world.
Phoenix Suns: Draft a Wing Player
At pick number four the Suns need to draft a wing player such as Josh Jackson or Jayson Tatum. The Suns have a plethora of guards, including Devin Booker, who is looking like the steal of the 2015 draft. After trading away PJ Tucker, the Suns lacked talent from the three spot. Drafting Jackson or Tatum would not only provide them with terrific athleticism at that position but also give them a potential future All-Star to pair alongside Devin Booker.