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Warriors Look to Add to Championship Core in Tonight’s NBA Draft

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While the glow of a Championship season still shines shiny, the fist steps toward a title defense are starting to take shape because the Warriors are in full-on prep mode for Thursday’s 2022 NBA Draft.

The Warriors enter the draft as owners of three picks: Nos. 28, 51 and 55. The twenty eighth and fifty fifth selections are the Warriors’ own picks, and the 51st selection is from the Raptors, via the Philadelphia by means of the Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III trade to the Sixers in February 2020.

BUILDING THROUGH THE DRAFT
Of the 17 players on the Warriors’ 2022 NBA Championship roster, eight players were drafted by the Dubs. While five of those players were lottery selections – Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody – three were players drafted with the twenty eighth pick or later: Jordan Poole (twenty eighth pick in 2019), Kevon Looney (thirtieth pick in 2015) and Draymond Green (thirty fifth pick in 2012).

While the success of a prospect can never be guaranteed, it’s protected to say that the Dubs have seen their share of success lately when drafting toward the tip of the primary round and into the second round. Green is a four-time All-Star (and Champion), a seven-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection and certainly one of the premiere playmaking bigs in the sport today, Looney has developed into what Head Coach Steve Kerr calls a “foundational piece” of multiple NBA Championship teams and Poole is coming off of a breakout season that can be discussed more below.

WARRIORS’ RECENT HISTORY WITH THE 28TH PICK
This marks the seventh time in franchise history the Warriors have had the twenty eighth pick within the draft, and the third such occurrence within the last five years. Most recently, the Dubs had the twenty eighth pick in 2019 once they chosen Poole. The guard out of Michigan took great strides in his development over his first two skilled seasons, and all of it paid off for him, and the team, throughout the Dubs’ 2022 NBA Championship season. Poole averaged 18.5 points throughout the regular season, and his 211 3-pointers were second on the team, behind only Curry. After coming in fourth within the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award voting, Poole continued to thrive within the 2022 playoffs. He was third on the team in playoff scoring (17.0 ppg) and assists (3.8 apg), and he knocked down several big shots on the strategy to becoming an NBA Champion.

DRAFT DAY DEALIN?
Together with the arrival of Draft Day comes the potential for a draft day trade. 3 times within the last six years, the Warriors have been involved in a trade on Draft Day. The last time this happened was in 2019 when the Dubs acquired the draft rights of Alen Smailagić from the Recent Orleans Pelicans in exchange for 2 future second-round picks.

SEE THE DRAFT PICKS IN ACTION
No matter who the Warriors select on Thursday, 2022 NBA Draft picks can be amongst those competing at Chase Center next weekend within the Fourth Annual California Classic featuring the summer squads of the Warriors, Lakers, Kings and Heat. Each team will play in three games on July 2, 3 and 5, and tickets can be found now for the primary two days of the summer basketball spectacular.


UPCOMING WARRIORS DRAFT SELECTIONS
2022:

  • Own First Round Pick (No. 28)
  • Toronto’s Second Round Pick, via Philadelphia (No. 51)
  • Own Second Round Pick (No. 55)

2023

  • Own First Round Pick
  • Warriors’ Second Round Pick Owed to Cleveland or Detroit via Recent Orleans because of Alen Smailagić Trade (6/20/19)

2024

  • Warriors’ First Round Pick Owed to Memphis (top 4 protected) because of Andre Iguodala trade (7/7/19)
  • Warriors’ Second Round Pick Owed to Houston or Cleveland because of draft pick trade leading to Warriors’ choice of Eric Paschall (6/20/19)
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