So I was just thinking about how this upcoming draft is far inferior to the past couple of drafts, but that we have a better position then we had in any of the really deep drafts. And that got me thinking... Even though the Warriors have only made the playoffs once in the past 15 (i think) years, it doesn't seem like they've ever had that good of a draft position either. We've still had good drafts getting Biedrins, and Ellis, and it seems that Wright, Randolf, and Belinelli have potential, but the highest any of those players was drafted was at 7! Thats not really that high, and we had to trade to Wright, we didn't even get that draft position on our own.
I remember there were a couple years where we won a bunch of games at the end of the year (kind of like this year actually) and its ruined our draft position. Most notably I remember missing out on B Roy, who we could have (not that we necessarily would have) drafted if we had not won a bunch of games at the end of the season.
As for the past couple years, its just unfortunate that our only two winning seasons in 15 years came in years where the draft was so deep. Same with 2003 when the draft was fully of future stars.
I'm not advocating that we lose on purpose for draft position, but how can we have continued to lose so much, yet have our average draft position be 10 over the past 11 drafts
Things are looking up for the Warriors and I think they will make the playoffs next year and be a fun and exciting team. I guess thats really all you can ask cause only one team can win the championship every year, but unless Randolf turns into an absolute monster (which he could) I can't see the Warriors being better then a second round playoff team into the future. Maybe we have to go through a couple seasons of really sucking so that we can get our Duran, Westbrook, and Green to build around.