Warriors draft forward Gui Santos out of Brazil in late second round

San Francisco Chronicle 9 days ago
Nicaragua's Real Esteli Jezreel de Jesus (R) fights the ball with Brazil's Minas Gui Dos Santos (L) during their Basketball Champions League Americas 2021 semi-final match in Managua on April 10, 2021. (Photo by INTI OCON / AFP) (Photo by INTI OCON/AFP via Getty Images)

The Golden State Warriors used the No. 55 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft to select forward Gui Santos out of Brazil.

Santos, 6-foot-8 with a 7-foot wingspan, was one of 13 players invited to the Nike Hoop Summit World Team in April. He landed on the league’s radar after a strong performance at the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders Americas camp in 2019.

Santos has the size and handle to create shots for himself and could develop into a better playmaker for others, but his lack of high-end athleticism and range could lead to struggles at the NBA level.

Still, Santos does have intriguing measurables, plays under control and has good versatility. This is likely a draft-and-stash pick for Golden State, which could eventually bring him stateside if he continues to develop abroad.

“We’re going to figure that out,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said. “So we have the option to bring him or not, and we’re going to decide maybe tonight, in the next few days.”