1. Golden State Warriors
Surrounding Ball with premium shooters is the best way to ease his transition into the NBA. Giving him the chance to play with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson likely represents the best outcome for the young point guard.
It also represents the best outcome for the Golden State Warriors in this year’s draft. They need to acquire another playmaker who can help make life easier for their established stars. Assuming Ball can keep his ego in check, it’s clear that his skills are tailor-made for Steve Kerr‘s offensive system.
Warriors fans should project him to be a significantly better version of what Shaun Livingston gave the team during his tenure. Ball’s ability to make those plays and hit perimeter shots makes him a much more dynamic threat than Livingston.
The ideal situation for Ball in his rookie year would be to spend the majority of his time playing alongside Curry and Thompson. That would take the pressure off him to score in his first season. He’d rack up assists at an impressive rate upon landing in Golden State.
The Warriors might opt for more shooting in the draft, but Ball is going to represent a tempting option if he’s on the board when their pick comes up. Adding another potential superstar to the mix in Golden State might be too much for Kerr and company to pass on.