The Golden State Warriors are coming off a down season where they finished with a 15-50 record. The Warriors had a different team throughout the season, with Klay Thompson missing the entire season and Stephen Curry missing most of the season.
Now, the Warriors will have the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NBA draft. It’s been a while since the Warriors picked this high in the draft. Let’s take a look at who the Warriors selected when they had a top-two pick.
The Warriors had the No. 1 overall pick in the 1995 NBA draft
It’s been over two decades since the Warriors picked this high in the draft. We have to go back to 1995 when the Warriors had the No. 1 overall pick in the 1995 NBA draft. With that pick, the Warriors selected Joe Smith out of the University of Maryland. That year, the Warriors had a total of five draft picks.
Smith was selected over the likes of Kevin Garnett, Jerry Stackhouse, and Rasheed Wallace. The Warriors secured the No. 1 pick after finishing the previous season with a 26-56 record. Smith only spent three seasons with the Warriors, and during his first season, he was named to the All-Rookie Team. He averaged 15.3 points and 8.7 rebounds.
The 1995 NBA draft was the first time the Warriors had the No. 1 pick since the 1980 NBA draft. During that draft, they selected Joe Barry Carroll. Carroll played for the Warriors for seven seasons.
Who was the last player the Warriors selected with the No. 2 pick?
The last time the Warriors had a No. 2 pick in the draft was in 1965 when they had the No. 1 and No. 2 picks. They selected Fred Hetzel with the top overall pick and then selected Hall of Fame player Rick Barry with the No. 2 pick. Barry had a successful career with the Warriors. He spent eight seasons with the team and won an NBA title in 1975.
During his time with the Warriors, Barry averaged 25.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 5.1 assists. Barry became a prominent player for the Warriors during his career with the team, and he accomplished a lot playing for them. He’s a player that Warrior fans will always remember.
What will the Warriors do in the upcoming NBA draft?
There have been many conversations about what the Warriors will do with the No. 2 pick in the upcoming draft. The question is, will the Warriors keep their pick or trade their pick? In an article from nbcsports.com, multiple agents talked about some possibilities regarding the Warriors and their No. 2 pick.
“If I had to bet, they’re going to trade it and move back to the late lottery,” one agent told The Athletic. “Look at the teams (Nos.) 9 to 14 and go from there. Regardless, I don’t see Golden State drafting at two, especially in this draft. Picks 1 to 5, you have no idea.”
Another agent suggested that the Warriors could trade the pick for a young talent who would be more beneficial than James Wiseman or Anthony Edwards. “Trade it for another star,” the agent said. “They should be in a win-now mindset. There’s not a rookie, even Anthony Edwards or James Wiseman, that is actually guaranteed to be great. Trade that pick. What about Brooklyn for Jarrett Allen? He’s a rebounder and shot-blocker who runs the floor, and that’s what they need.”
In the article, it stated some agents believe the Warriors will keep the pick. “Anthony Edwards if he’s on the board,” an agent said of what the Warriors will do at No. 2. “I don’t like LaMelo Ball there. I’d go with another guard, but James Wiseman would give them a cheap center. I think they keep the pick because they need to keep salaries low. Any 7-footer in the middle works. Just be able to tie your shoes. Don’t have to do much else.” There’s no definite answer to what the Warriors will do, but when draft night comes, they will have a decision to make.