Since becoming the Warriors’ general manager prior to the start of the 1997-98 season (after the 1997 NBA Draft had taken place), Garry St. Jean has been at the forefront of four Golden State drafts…Following is a look at what St. Jean has done in each draft:
First Round –
The Warriors owned two of the first 14 selections in the draft; their own pick at #5, as well as the #14 pick after exercising their option on Indiana’s first round selection (acquired along with Vonteego Cummings in exchange for Jeff Foster in a draft-day trade on June 30, 1999)...With the #5 selection, Golden State chose Jason Richardson
out of Michigan State...Among all rookies, Richardson ranked T2nd in scoring (14.4 ppg), 3rd in minutes (32.9 mpg), T4th in assists (3.0 apg), 6th in steals (1.33 spg) and 7th in rebounds (4.3 rpg)...The 6-6 guard was named NBA All-Rookie First Team, finished 3rd in Rookie of the Year voting, was named NBA Western Conference ‘got milk?’ Rookie of the Month for February, won the NBA.com Dunk Contest present by RealOne and was named MVP of the ‘got milk?’ Rookie Challenge
...With the #14 pick, the Warriors tabbed Notre Dame’s Troy Murphy
, who averaged 5.9 points and 3.9 rebounds (T9th among rookies), while becoming the first Warriors rookie to appear in all 82 games since Joe Smith did so in 1995-96.
Second Round – With the 31st overall pick (second in the second round), Golden State selected Gilbert Arenas, out of Arizona...Among all rookies, he ranked 3rd in assists (3.7 apg), 3rd in steals (1.47 spg), 4th in scoring (10.9 ppg), 4th in three-point percentage (.345%), 8th in field goal percentage (.453%) and 10th in minutes (24.6 mpg)...Started Golden State’s final 27 games of the season, averaging 14.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.11 steals in 32.1 minutes over that stretch...Was named ‘got milk?’ NBA Western Conference ‘got milk?’ Rookie of the Month for April.
First Round –
The Warriors owned Washington’s first-round pick in the 2000 NBA Draft, which resulted in the seventh overall pick (Chris Mihm was selected in this spot)…Prior to the draft, the Warriors traded that pick, along with John Starks, to the Chicago Bulls in a three-team trade that sent Toni Kukoc to the 76ers and brought Larry Hughes and Billy Owens to Golden State from Philadelphia on 2/16/00
…Since joining Golden State, Hughes has averaged 18.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.91 steals in 82 games…Among players chosen seventh or later in the 2000 draft, Courtney Alexander averaged the most points (9.5 ppg), Chris Mihm averaged the most rebounds (4.7 rpg), Mateen Cleaves averaged the most assists (2.7 apg) and Chris Porter averaged the most steals (0.88 spg).
Second Round – Golden State owned the 55th overall pick and selected Chris Porter, who ranked 4th in steals (0.88 spg), 8th in scoring (8.6 ppg) and 9th in rebounds (3.7 rpg) among rookies in 2000-01….Porter was the only second-round pick in the 2000 draft to rank in the top-10 in points, rebounds, free throw percentage, steals and minutes.
First Round –
Traded the 10th pick in the draft, Bimbo Coles and Duane Ferrell to Atlanta for Mookie Blaylock
and the 21st selection
in the draft two days prior to the draft…Then on draft day, traded the rights to the 21st pick (Jeff Foster) to Indiana for the Pacers’ 26th pick (Warriors drafted Vonteego Cummings
with the pick) and a future first rounder (14th pick in 2001 NBA Draft, which became Troy Murphy)…In essence, the Warriors acquired Troy Murphy, Mookie Blaylock and Vonteego Cummings in exchange for the 10th pick in 1999, Jeff Foster, Bimbo Coles and Duane Ferrell.
Second Round – Selected Tim Young with the 56th overall selection, who, as the third-to-last pick in the draft, remained on Golden State’s roster for the entire season.
First Round –
In a pre-arranged deal with Toronto (who planned on drafting Vince Carter with the 4th pick), Golden State secured the rights to Antawn Jamison
by selecting Vince Carter with the 5th pick and sending him (along with cash) to the Raptors for Jamison (whom Toronto drafted with the 4th pick)…He completed his third consecutive season of averaging at least 19.0 points per game, becoming the first Warriors player to do so since 1992-93 when Chris Mullin accomplished the feat
…Jamison has started 184 consecutive games for the Warriors, the longest streak since Mullin started 185 games from 1988-90…In 2000-01, Jamison became the first player to reach 50-plus points in back-to-back games since Michael Jordan in 1986-87 and the first to record 51-plus points in two consecutive games since Wilt Chamberlain in 1963-64…He finished that season as one of just three players to average at least 24 points and eight rebounds (Shaquille O’Neal and Chris Webber) en route to becoming the fifth Warriors player in the West Coast Era to score 2,000 points in a season.
Second Round – Did not own a second-round pick due to a previous trade with Chicago that netted the Warriors Jason Caffey.
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