The 2014 NBA Draft is coming up (Thursday, June 27) and the Warriors couldn’t care less. Well that’s not entirely true, but without any picks this year, the Dubs certainly have less at stake than most clubs.
That’s a stark contrast to most years where the Warriors have looked to build and re-build through the draft. In fact, this will be the first time in the history of the NBA Draft, an annual event that goes back to 1947, that the Warriors won’t have at least selection. That’s the case as it stands right now, but between now and draft night, the Warriors can make a trade to acquire a pick or possibly purchase a selection from another team. Or they can simply make no move at all and remain without any draft picks.
So why don’t the Warriors have any picks this year? The short answer is trades, a slightly longer answer is trades that netted the Warriors Marcus Williams in 2008 and David Lee in 2010. The long and thorough answer can be read below, but first it’s worth noting that without any of these transactions, the Warriors would have had the 21st (first round) and 51st (second round) picks of this year’s draft.
FIRST ROUND PICK
On July 22, 2008, the summer before the team selected Stephen Curry in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Warriors acquired point guard Marcus Williams from the New Jersey Nets in exchange for a future first round pick. That pick, however, had certain conditions, and the two teams amended that deal in the 2009 offseason. As a result, Golden State was guaranteed that they would keep their 2011 first round pick, which turned out to be Klay Thompson. In return, the Nets received Golden State’s 2012 first round draft pick, as long as it was the eighth pick or later, and the Warriors’ 2011 second round pick. To make matters more complicated, the Nets sent that conditional first round pick to the Jazz as part of the deal that landed Deron Williams in February of 2011. By virtue of a coin toss, the Warriors were awarded the seventh pick in 2012 and got to keep their selection that year, which they used to pick Harrison Barnes. So the first rounder that the Warriors owe the Jazz by way of New Jersey (and now Brooklyn) will finally be surrendered in three weeks, and the trade from five years ago will be complete when Utah makes the 21st selection in the 2013 NBA Draft.
And in case you were wondering, the Warriors would have kept their first round pick this year if it was slotted between Nos. 1 and 6. But it wasn’t. It was slotted 21st and the burden from that trade will be lifted as of June 27, 2013. As a result, the trade wound up looking like this …
|JULY 22, 2008 TRADE|
|Warriors Acquire ...|
Nets Acquire ...
|Warriors’ 2013 First Round Draft Pick*|
Warriors’ 2011 Second Round Draft Pick** (#41 – Darius Morris)
*Pick traded to Utah in 2011 as part of a separate deal
** Pick traded to L.A. Lakers in 2010 as part of a separate deal
SECOND ROUND PICK
Following the path of the Warriors’ 2013 second round pick is much easier. That pick was part of the package sent to the Knicks in 2010, along with Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and a 2012 second round draft pick, in a sign-and-trade deal that landed 2013 NBA All-Star David Lee with the Warriors.
|JULY 9, 2010 TRADE|
|Warriors Acquire ...|
Knicks Acquire ...
2012 Second Round Draft Pick* (#38 – Quincy Miller)
2013 Second Round Draft Pick**
*Pick traded to Denver in 2011 as part of a separate deal
**Pick traded to Denver in 2011 and traded again to Orlando in 2012
So there you have it … The Warriors have no picks in this year’s draft, but they do have Harrison Barnes, David Lee and Klay Thompson under contract. Not a bad tradeoff, right?