Maryland will almost certainly have three players selected in the NBA Draft later this month.
DraftExpress previously had Stone going to the Los Angeles Clippers at No. 33 and Phoenix Suns at No. 34.
One of the main reasons for Stone being a fringe first round pick is the fact that he doesn’t possess elite size along with not being overly athletic.
It also doesn’t help Stone’s cause that there’s quite a bit of depth in terms of big men in this draft. Guys like Dragan Bender (International), Marquese Chriss (Washington), Henry Ellenson (Marquette), and Jakob Poeltl (Utah) will likely be selected in the lottery.
After that, most players will be taken based on pure potential. Despite not being the most dynamic big man, Stone still possesses a strong post game, which will be a huge asset at the NBA level.
If he were to land with the Warriors, that’s about as good a situation as he could hope for.
Ezeli is a free agent this summer, but even if he does sign elsewhere, the Warriors have the depth to absorb the loss. That’s also a reason why the team will likely draft a big man with their first round pick.
Stone needs to land in the right situation in order to be a productive pro and the Warriors are a perfect fit.