The Warriors have three picks in tonight’s NBA draft.
While the glow of the championship season remains bright, the first steps toward a title defense are starting to take shape while the Warriors are fully prepared for Thursday’s NBA draft.
The Warriors enter the draft as owners of three picks: 28, 51, and 55. The 28th and 55th picks are the Warriors’ special picks, the 51st pick is from the Raptors, via Philadelphia via Alec Burks and trades Glenn Robinson III to the Sixers in February 2020.
Building through the project
Of the 17 players in the Warriors’ 2022 NBA Championship roster, eight were drafted by Dubs. While five of those players were lottery picks – Stephen Curry, Clay Thompson, James Wiseman, Jonathan Kominga and Moses Moody – three of them were players drafted with the 28th pick or beyond: Jordan Paul (28th pick in 2019), Kevon Looney (30th pick in 2019) and Draymond Green (35th pick in 2012).
While no prospect can be guaranteed success, it’s safe to say that Dubs have seen their share of success in recent years when drafting at the end of the first round and into the second round. Green is a four-time All-Star (and champion), a seven-time NBA All-Defensive Team Choice and one of the top playmakers in the game today, and Looney has developed into what coach Steve Kerr calls a “staple piece” from many of the championship teams. The NBA and Pool are coming out of the hack season, which will be discussed more below.
History of the last warriors with picking 28
This is the seventh time in franchise history that the Warriors have earned the 28th pick in the draft, and the third of its kind in the past five years. Recently, Dubs ranked 28th in 2019 when they chose Poole. The Michigan goalkeeper took huge strides in his development during his first two professional seasons, and it all paid off for him, and the team, during the Dubs’ 2022 NBA Championship season. Paul averaged 18.5 points during the regular season, and his 211 three-pointers were second on the team, behind only Curry. After finishing fourth in the NBA Most Valuable Player vote, Paul continued to thrive in the 2022 playoffs. He finished third on the team in scoring (17.0 dpi) and assisting (3.8 apg), shooting several big shots On his way to becoming the NBA champion.
Draft DAY DEALIN?
Along with the arrival of draft day comes the possibility of draft day trading. Three times in the past six years, Warriors have engaged in a trade on draft day. The last time this happened was in 2019 when Dubs earned the rights to Alen Smailagić’s draft of the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for two future second-round picks.
Coming Warriors Reign Anthology
- Own your first round (#28)
- 2nd round pick in Toronto, via Philadelphia (No. 51)
- Own the special second round (#55)
- Own your first selection round
- The Warriors’ second-round pick returns to Cleveland or Detroit via New Orleans due to Alen Smailagić’s trade (6/20/19)
- The Warriors’ first-round pick returns to Memphis (top four are protected) due to Andre Iguodala’s trade (7/7/19)
- The Warriors’ second-round pick returns to Houston or Cleveland due to the draft pick trade resulting in the Warriors picking Eric Paschal (6/20/19)