Go To:

Season Ticket Priority Wait List

X Learn More Secure your seats as soon as they become available.
Learn More

The 2013 NBA Draft is two days away, but with the Warriors out of the Lottery (top 14 picks) for just the second time in 13 years, gone is much of the usual draft buzz out of the Bay Area.

Where exactly did that buzz—and the Warriors’ 2013 selections—go? Let’s take a look at a few Warriors-centric notables pertaining to the upcoming draft.

DRAFT DODGERS
When all is said and done, the Warriors very well could acquire a 2013 draft pick in some way, shape or form, but if they don’t, it would mark the first time in franchise history that Golden State goes without a selection in the NBA Draft. If the Warriors don’t pick in the top 30, it’d be the first time the they haven’t picked in the first round since 2000, when the Warriors didn’t make a selection until taking Auburn’s Chris Porter with the 55th overall pick (the Warriors’ original pick that year, which had been traded seven years prior as part of a deal to acquire the rights to Chris Webber from Orlando, was used by the Magic to take Mike Miller with the fifth overall pick). Dating back to the inaugural BAA Draft in 1947, the Warriors have been without a first round pick just five times in franchise history (1970, 1979, 1981, 1984, 2000).
If things stay the way they are, Thursday will mark the first time since 2000 that the Warriors do not make a selection in the first round of the NBA Draft. (photo: David Sherman Evans/NBAE/Getty)

PICKS PASSED AROUND
So where exactly did the Warriors’ 2013 selections go? DotCom Blog broke it down earlier this month, but the short version is as follows: the Warriors’ first round pick (21st overall) heads to Utah to complete a 2008 trade with the then-New Jersey Nets for point guard Marcus Williams, and their second round pick (51st overall) goes to Orlando to complete a 2010 trade with the Knicks in which the Warriors acquired All-Star forward David Lee.

Since departing from Golden State, those picks originally belonging to the Warriors have been involved in some major trades. The Warriors’ first round pick was sent from New Jersey to Utah to help the Nets acquire Deron Williams, while their second rounder was sent from New York to Denver in a trade for Carmelo Anthony, and later from Denver to Orlando as part of a trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Lakers, Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets and Andrew Bynum to the 76ers.

ALL-ROOKIE RUN
If the Warriors end up without a pick, they won’t have a chance to continue a four-year run that’s seen the team select three First Team All-Rookie players. In that span, the Warriors’ first round selections of Stephen Curry in 2009 (seventh overall), Klay Thompson in 2011 (11th overall) and Harrison Barnes in 2012 (seventh overall) have all received the honor, giving Golden State three First Team All-Rookie players in a four-year span for the first time since 1988-91, when Mitch Richmond (1988-89), Tim Hardaway (1989-90) and Billy Owens (1991-92) were each named to the team (though Owens was originally drafted by Sacramento). The Warriors’ first round pick in 2010, Ekpe Udoh (sixth overall), was sent to Milwaukee along with Monta Ellis in exchange for former All-NBA center Andrew Bogut.

UNDAUNTED BY THE UNDRAFTED
If the Warriors do not end up making a selection in the 2013 NBA Draft, it doesn’t necessarily mean the roster will be devoid of rookie talent. In each of the last eight years, the Warriors’ roster has featured a contributor from the undrafted rookie crop, including several players who have carved out decent NBA careers, such as Jeremy Lin, C.J. Watson, Will Bynum, Reggie Williams and Anthony Morrow.
WARRIORS' NOTABLE UNDRAFTED ROOKIES SINCE 2005
SEASON
PLAYER
GAMES PLAYED
MINUTES/GAME
2012-13
Kent Bazemore
61
4.4
2011-12
Chris Wright
24
7.8
2010-11
Jeremy Lin
29
9.8
2009-10
Reggie Williams
24
32.6
2008-09
Anthony Morrow
67
22.6
2007-08
C.J. Watson
32
11.5
2006-07
Kelenna Azubuike
41
16.3
2005-06
Will Bynum
15
10.8

DEBTS ALMOST CLEARED
As it stands, the Warriors will be back to full strength in the 2014 Draft, but Golden State is on the hook for a second round pick in 2015 to complete a 2011 trade with Indiana for Brandon Rush.
comments powered by Disqus