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Golden State Warriors’ Draft History (2006-2015)

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Over the past 10 NBA Drafts (2006-2015), the Golden State Warriors have made 18 selections, yielding three All-Stars in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

The following table details the Warriors’ track record by tiers, noting the number of All-Stars and starters selected, along with players who either never made the league or were out in five years or less:

Tier Picks All-Star All-Star Appearances Starter* Not in NBA
1-5 0 0 0 0 0
6-10 5 1 (20%) 3 2 (40%) 2 (40%)
11-15 2 1 (50%) 2 1 (50%) 0
16-20 1 0 0 0 0
21-25 0 0 0 0 0
26-30 3 0 0 0 1 (33.3%)
31-40 3 1 (33.3%) 1 1 (33.3%) 2 (66.6%)
41-50 3 0 0 0 3 (100%)
51-60 1 0 0 0 1 (100%)
Total 19 3 (16.7%) 6 4 (22.2%) 9 (50%)

*Starter criteria determined as an average of 50 or more starts, over at least 40 percent of the player’s career.

The following is the league average over the same tiers:

Tier All-Star Starter Not in NBA
1-5 12 (24%) 30 (60%) 3 (6%)
6-10 8 (16%) 30 (60%) 7 (14%)
11-15 2 (4%) 12 (24%) 8 (16%)
16-20 3 (6%) 10 (20%) 8 (16%)
21-25 2 (4%) 8 (16%) 15 (30%)
26-30 1 (2%) 5 (10%) 20 (40%)
31-40 1 (2%) 11 (11%) 52 (52%)
41-50 2 (2%) 8 (8%) 70 (70%)
51-60 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 87 (87%)
Total 32 (5.3%) 115 (19.7%) 270 (45.0%)

The Warriors’ recent success stems from three excellent draft picks, the best of which was the second-round steal of Draymond Green.  The team also found a fourth starter in Harrison Barnes – meaning 80% of their championship starting lineups comes straight from the draft.

Note that players are included with the team through any draft-day trades.  Some teams pick well but let an eventual starter leave for another, but that’s beyond the scope of this article.  Recently drafted players have yet to officially pass the “at least five years” test, but were considered as such if on a team’s roster by the end of the 2015-16 season.

Additionally, recent picks who have yet to join the NBA may still do so, but for this analysis are considered “out.”

Pick History 2006-2015

All-Stars: Stephen Curry (2009-7) — three appearances, Klay Thompson (2011-11) — two appearances, Draymond Green (2012-35) — one appearance

Starters: Curry, Thompson, Harrison Barnes (2012-7), Green

Rotation Players: Brandan Wright (2007-8), Marco Belinelli (2007-18), Anthony Randolph (2008-14), Festus Ezeli (2012-30), Kevon Looney (2015-30)

Out in Five Years or Less: Patrick O’Bryant (2006-9), Kosta Perovic (2006-38), Stephane Lasme (2007-46), Richard Hendrix (2008-49), Ekpe Udoh (2010-6), Jeremy Tyler (2011-39), Charles Jenkins (2011-44), Ognjen Kuzmic (2012-52), Nemanja Nedovic (2013-30)