Warriors of the NBA Draft Lottery

Looking Back at the Warriors’ History in the Annual Summer Event

The NBA Draft Lottery takes place on Tuesday, June 22, to determine exactly which pick(s) the Warriors will have in the upcoming draft. This year, the Warriors are guaranteed a top-14 pick with the possibility of receiving a second first-round selection. The 2021 NBA Draft Lottery will mark the 23rd time the franchise will participate in the event since its inception in 1985.

Of the 22 prior lottery appearances, the Warriors have “moved up” in the lottery three times, most recently in 1995 when the Dubs yielded the top pick (Joe Smith) from their fifth pre-lottery slot. The Warriors have “dropped down” on eight occasions and maintained their pre-lottery position 11 times, most recently in last year’s lottery when the Warriors, who were tied for the first pre-lottery position, wound up with the second pick (James Wiseman). Wiseman averaged 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 39 games played during the 2020-21 season.

The action continues once teams have their assigned draft spot following each year’s Draft Lottery, with teams choosing from a number options in front of them including keeping their slot or trading their draft pick(s) for any combination of players, other draft picks or even cash.

The Warriors have a fair track record with draft selections made with lottery picks in the past, as two Warriors (Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond) from the lottery era are enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Moreover, the Warriors have three lottery picks on the current roster and a total of three selections (Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Harrison Barnes) have won NBA Championships with the team.

Another five selections were members of the underdog “We Believe” Warriors, who toppled a top-seeded Dallas Mavericks team in the 2007 NBA Playoffs. Two additional lottery picks were on that 2006-07 squad to begin the season, but were included in the trade package that brought Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson, Šarūnas Jasikevičius and Josh Powell to the team for their playoff push.

In anticipation of the 2021 NBA Draft Lottery, take a look at a cumulative list of draft selections made with lottery picks in Warriors history:

WARRIORS LOTTERY PICKS

Year

Pre-Lottery Position

Drafted

Movement

Selected

1985

1 (tied)

7

Dropped down 6

Chris Mullin

1986

4

3

Moved up 1

Chris Washburn

1988

3

5

Dropped down 2

Mitch Richmond

1990

9

11

Dropped down 2

Tyrone Hill

1993

7

3

Moved up 4

Anfernee Hardaway*

1995

5

1

Moved up 4

Joe Smith

1996

11

11

No movement

Todd Fuller

1997

8

8

No movement

Adonal Foyle

1998

4

5

Dropped down 1

Vince Carter**

1999

9

10

Dropped down 1

(Jason Terry)***

2001

2

5

Dropped down 3

Jason Richardson

2002

1 (tied)

3

Dropped down 2

Mike Dunleavy

2003

11

11

No movement

Mickael Pietrus

2004

11

11

No movement

Andris Biedrins

2005

9

9

No movement

Ike Diogu

2006

9

9

No movement

Patrick O'Bryant

2008

14

14

No movement

Anthony Randolph

2009

7

7

No movement

Stephen Curry

2010

4

6

Dropped down 2

Ekpe Udoh

2011

11

11

No movement

Klay Thompson

2012

7

7

No movement

Harrison Barnes

2020

1 (tied)

2

No movement

James Wiseman

2021

14

TBD

TBD

TBD

* Traded for Chris Webber
**Traded for Antawn Jamison
***Traded the rights to Bimbo Coles and the 10th pick overall, in exchange for Mookie Blaylock and the 21st pick overall

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