Not claiming that I'm the second coming of Shakespeare here, but I have a few thoughts on the pick that seems to have been in limbo forever all due to our most hated Warrior of all time: Marcus Williams.
The background: In 2008 the Warriors were in need of a point guard and found Marcus to be an acceptable floor manager and decided that since he would make the team soooo good that they could send their first round draft pick as a conditional pick (just in case it doesn't workout so well). This means that when the Warriors finished poorly and Marcus contributed a little less than nothing, we got to keep our pick and as the years have gone by and we continued to not get much better, get worse, etc., we still got to use our pick. Then we sent our 2011 second round pick to further protect it, but that hasn't helped much. (If you want a great article about this: READ THIS ONE). Now that you are caught up, you know that we are only going to keep this pick if it is a top-7 selection in this draft and gets lesser protected as we go into more years ahead up until 2015. This means that we can't trade any 1st round picks due to NBA rules until this matter is taken care of.
Current state: 2012 is upon us and we are looking the same as ever: Not good enough for playoffs and not bad enough for a top pick. Additionally this year is supposed to be a great draft, but that's where I'm going to cut in- I DON"T THINK THIS YEARS DRAFT IS THAT GOOD!!!! It is deep, but I'm not seeing any franchise players out there. I think the best NBA player will be Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but I also don't think that he will declare for the draft this year.
So what do we do this year?
We win. We try really hard to get some system in place with the guys we have.Get that chemistry rolling and enjoy the hell out of the season. That pick is going to the Utah Jazz (as of know), so let's get them the worst pick that we can. I'd rather them get the 14th pick than the 8th.
We let the pick go. This will open up all the options for trading future picks to get a real superstar in the Bay. Who knows, we could have had a shot at Kevin Garnett, Chris Paul and even Dwight Howard if we could have sent over a few picks. We can let that ghost of an over weight, lazy, terrible shooting point guard and the only truly detrimental mistake that Chris Mullin made as a GM leave in one night as that buzzer sounds for the last time this season.
How should the Warriors think about the 2012 draft pick?
Tank and keep it. I think this draft is going to be important (123 votes)
Win now and let it go. I'm done with the mess we've been in. (82 votes)
205 total votes