GSoM Question of the Day: Would You Trade the 27th, 36th, and 50th Draft Picks for the 8th Pick In the 2012 Draft?

We've heard some rumors that Larry Riley is "trying like the dickens" to keep our 2012 lottery pick from going to Utah. One of the possible scenarios could have us sending our 3 other draft picks to Utah. Here, I'm going to present some evidence using the past 20 years of draft picks that might influence your vote. So don't make your decision until you read the story.

I've gone back through the last 20 drafts and compiled a list of the all the picks that would be involved in each year. I then rather subjectively answered the question "Would I do this trade?" for each draft. The answer is overwhelmingly YES! Of course, you might look at these names and have a different opinion.

Update: As pointed out by "Asmanz", I should have looked at the 8th pick, which is the highest pick that we might give up. So here's the table for that followed by the one, that I guess now you can think of as, "Should we try really hard to tank?"

YEAR

8

27

36

50

TRADE?

2011

Brandon Knight

JuJuan Johnson

Jordan Williams

Lavoy Allen

YES

2010

Al-Farouq Aminu

Jordan Crawford

Terrico White

Solomon Alabi

YES

2009

Jordan Hill

DeMarre Carroll

Sam Young

Goran Suton

YES

2008

Joe Alexander

Darrell Arthur

Omer Asik

DeVon Hardin

NO

2007

Brandan Wright

Arron Afflalo

Jermareo Davidson

Renaldas Seibutis

NO

2006

Rudy Gay

Sergio Rodriguez

Craig Smith

Ryan Hollins

YES

2005

Channing Frye

Linas Kleiza

Ersan Ilaysova

Ryan Gomes

PUSH

2004

Rafael Araujo

Sasa Vujacic

Andre Emmett

Sergei Lishouk

PUSH

2003

T.J. Ford

Kendrick Perkins

Mario Austin

Paccelis Morlende

NO

2002

Chris Wilcox

Chris Jefferies

Milos Vujanic

Darius Songaila

PUSH

2001

DeSagana Diop

Jamaal Tinsley

Damone Brown

Alton Ford

PUSH

2000

Jamal Crawford

Primoz Brezec

Soumaila Samake

Kaniel Dickens

YES

1999

Andre Miller

Jumaine Jones

Wang Zhizhi

Venson Hamilton

YES

1998

Larry Hughes

Vladimir Stepania

Jerome James

Andy Betts

YES

1997

Adonal Foyle

Jaque Vaughn

Kebu Stewart

Alain Digbeu

YES

1996

Kerry Kittles

Brian Evans

Doron Sheffer

Terrell Bell

PUSH

1995

Shawn Respert

Mario Bennett

Lawrence Moten

Martin Lewis

PUSH

1994

Brian Grant

Brooks Thompson

Andrei Fetisov

Charles Claxton

YES

1993

Vin Baker

Malcolm Mackey

John Best

Marcelo Nicola

YES

1992

Todd Day

Byron Houston

Duane Cooper

Matt Fish

PUSH

1991

Mark Macon

Pete Chilcutt

Chris Corchiani

Joey Wright

PUSH

YEAR

7

27

36

50

TRADE?

2011

Bismack Biyombo

JuJuan Johnson

Jordan Williams

Lavoy Allen

YES

2010

Greg Monroe

Jordan Crawford

Terrico White

Solomon Alabi

YES

2009

Stephen Curry

DeMarre Carroll

Sam Young

Goran Suton

YES

2008

Eric Gordon

Darrell Arthur

Omer Asik

DeVon Hardin

NO

2007

Corey Brewer

Arron Afflalo

Jermareo Davidson

Renaldas Seibutis

NO

2006

Randy Foye

Sergio Rodriguez

Craig Smith

Ryan Hollins

PUSH

2005

Charlie Villanueva

Linas Kleiza

Ersan Ilaysova

Ryan Gomes

NO

2004

Luol Deng

Sasa Vujacic

Andre Emmett

Sergei Lishouk

YES

2003

Kirk Hinrich

Kendrick Perkins

Mario Austin

Paccelis Morlende

NO

2002

Nene Hilario

Chris Jefferies

Milos Vujanic

Darius Songaila

YES

2001

Eddie Griffin

Jamaal Tinsley

Damone Brown

Alton Ford

NO

2000

Chris Mihm

Primoz Brezec

Soumaila Samake

Kaniel Dickens

YES

1999

Richard Hamilton

Jumaine Jones

Wang Zhizhi

Venson Hamilton

YES

1998

Jason Williams

Vladimir Stepania

Jerome James

Andy Betts

YES

1997

Tim Thomas

Jaque Vaughn

Kebu Stewart

Alain Digbeu

YES

1996

Lorenzen Wright

Brian Evans

Doron Sheffer

Terrell Bell

PUSH

1995

Damon Stoudamire

Mario Bennett

Lawrence Moten

Martin Lewis

YES

1994

Lamond Murray

Brooks Thompson

Andrei Fetisov

Charles Claxton

PUSH

1993

Bobby Hurley

Malcolm Mackey

John Best

Marcelo Nicola

PUSH

1992

Walt Williams

Byron Houston

Duane Cooper

Matt Fish

PUSH

1991

Luc Longley

Pete Chilcutt

Chris Corchiani

Joey Wright

YES

Even in the cases when the my answer is NO, there are only a few cases where the reward for staying put was large (literally) in Omer Asik, Kendrick Perkins, and arguably Ersan Ilyasova who has really been coming on lately. And some might argue that you might be better off with Eric Gordon in the 2008 draft, but I think for the Warriors, Asik would clearly be the better choice right now. One other thing should be clear, those later picks are simply not very good in most years. You could argue that there are always good players to be found, but that's ALWAYS with hindsight, because those players would have been drafted earlier otherwise. Looking at how the draft ACTUALLY turned out gives you a good idea how rare it is to find those sleeper picks.

Ok, answer the poll now.

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