The 2020-21 Golden State Warriors have many connections to the Kansas University basketball team.
For starters, Warriors have two Jayhawks alums on their roster – Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre.
Wiggins led the 2013-14 Jayhawks with 17.1 ppg and his 5.9 rpg were third on the team.
In 2014-15, Kelly Oubre averaged 9.3 ppg (4th on team) and 5.0 rpg (3rd on team).
Both Wiggins and Oubre were one-and-done, both helped Kansas get to the NCAA Tournament as a 2 seed and both watched KU failed to advance to the Sweet 16. Wiggins’ Jayhawks lost to #10 Stanford in 2014, while Oubre’s team lost to #7 Wichita State in 2015.
That Wichita State team including Fred VanVleet (13.6 ppg). VanVleet, who recently re-signed with the Raptors, averaged 14 ppg in 6 games during the 2019 NBA Finals, when the Raptors defeated the Warriors.
Steph Curry averaged 25.9 ppg at Davidson in 2007-08 and helped carry them to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament. A last second shot did not fall, and Davidson lost to top-seeded Kansas.
Kansas would go on to lose the Finals to Memphis. 2020 #2 overall pick James Wiseman played a few games as a freshman for Memphis in 2019, before being declared ineligible.
Draymond Green, Michigan State alum, had two games against Kansas including the 2009 Sweet 16 when the Spartans beat the Jayhawks (one year after Kansas eliminated Curry). In that game, Green came off the bench and scored 7 points in 21 minutes as a freshman.
Eric Paschall was drafted in the second round of the 2019 NBA Draft and was a very useful player for a depleted Warriors team in 2019-20. As a rookie, Paschall averaged 14.0 ppg, while playing 27.6 mpg. Before being drafted, Paschall and Villanova beat Kansas 95-79 in the 2018 Final Four. Paschall led all scorers with 24 points, shooting 10-11 from the field and 4-5 from three.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr led Arizona to the Final Four in 1988, where the Wildcats lost to Oklahoma. On the other side of the bracket, Kansas advanced to the Finals and won the championship.