We are in no man's land, and we all know it.
No playoffs, but too good to keep our draft pick at #7. This isn't about whether our not our roster is good enough to make the playoffs. This is about our current situation: with our current record, it would take a miracle for us to flip the switch and play winning basketball for the rest of the season and close strong enough to make the playoffs.
However, what suprises me and many others, is the fact that many fans are against throwing in the towel on this season and keeping our pick. Sure it is still a bit early to have lost all hope, but realistically thinking, it is very unlikely that we will flip a 180 on this season.
Lets take a look at what draft picks did for the OKC Thunder (Seattle Sonics contributed):
2007: Draft Kevin Durant
2008: Draft Russel Westbrook
2009: Draft James Harden
2010: First round playoff exit
2011: Best record in the NBA.
That is cherry picking the best example, but the point is clear: draft picks are gold.
Other recent draft day turnarounds:
Minnesota - Rubio, Love, Williams
Blazers - Roy and Aldridge (draft day trades)
Clippers - Gordon, Griffin (rare), Aminu
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Why wouldn't you want to keep our #7 pick, especially since the playoffs are looking like a reach this season? You can criticize the Warriors' drafting as a reason to be skeptical, but as you can see from last year's draft this is no longer Riley-says-all. Lacob, West, Riley, Myers, and Jackson were all in the room making the decision together. Hopefully that will mean no more horrendous draft day decisions.