Since 2015, the Golden State Warriors have won three NBA titles. During that time, the Warriors created a dynasty and dominated the league. Fast forward to 2020, and the Warriors now have the No. 2 pick in the upcoming draft. After dealing with multiple injuries during the 2019-20 season, the Warriors will look to bounce back with their team back healthy.
The Warriors will also have the opportunity to select a top player in the draft. It’s been a while since the Warriors had a pick this high. Stephen Curry wasn’t even a teenager, yet the last time the Warriors made a pick this high.
Stephen Curry has spent his entire career with the Golden State Warriors
As many young prospects are getting ready to hear their name called in the 2020 NBA draft, Curry was in their same shoes 11 years ago. The Warriors selected Curry with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft. Ever since 2009, Curry has made California his home and has developed into a top NBA player. As a rookie, Curry averaged 17.5 points, 5.9 assists, and 4.5 rebounds. He was named to the All-Rookie First Team.
Curry developed into a high-level shooter and immediately became a fan favorite with the Warriors. The talented point guard played for some teams that struggled throughout the season and was a part of multiple teams that had a lot of success. Golden State has made it apparent that Curry is the franchise player. Curry’s contract is up after two years, but there’s a good chance the Warriors will re-sign him before his contract expires.
The Warriors have certainly benefited from having Curry on the team. During his career as a Warriors, he won two NBA MVP awards and has led the team to three NBA titles. There’s no question that Curry will be in the Hall of Fame when his career is over, and he’ll have his number retired by the Warriors.
The last time the Warriors had a pick this high in the draft was 1995
You have to go back to 1995; that’s when the Warriors had a pick this high in the draft. The Warriors had the No. 1 pick that year, and they decided to select Joe Smith. During that draft, the Warriors also had a total of five draft picks. The Warriors were high on Smith coming out of college, but he only spent three seasons with the team.
That draft was filled with talented players like Jerry Stackhouse, Kevin Garnett, and Rasheed Wallace. But the Warriors decided to go with Smith. Now in 2020, the Warriors have a chance to select a top prospect in the draft.
Stephen Curry was just a kid the last time the Warriors picked this high in the draft
In 1995, a Curry was playing in the NBA. That was Dell Curry, the father of Stephen Curry. Dell was playing for the Charlotte Hornets in 1995, and Stephen was only seven years old then. Even at the age of seven, Stephen could be seen with a basketball in his hands. He and his brother Seth would frequently travel with their father and shoot around during pregame.
Stephen, who is now 32, will be watching to see what the Warriors will do with the No. 2 pick. If you asked him what he was doing 25 years ago when the Warriors had the No. 1 overall pick, he probably would not remember too much. Time really does fly by, and it doesn’t seem like 25 years have already passed.