Warriors Look to Add to Championship Core in Tonight’s NBA Draft

With the glow of a championship season still shining brightly, the first steps towards a title defense are beginning to take shape as the Warriors are in full prep mode for Thursday’s 2022 NBA draft.

The Warriors enter the draft as holders of three picks: Nos. 28, 51, and 55. The 28th and 55th picks are the Warriors’ own picks, and the 51st pick is from the Raptors, over the Philadelphia over the Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III will join the Sixers in February 2020.

BUILD BY DESIGN
Of the 17 players on the Warriors’ 2022 NBA Championship roster, eight players were drafted by the dubs. While five of those players were lottery selections – Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody – three players drafted with 28th pick or later were: Jordan Poole (28th pick in 2019), Kevon Looney (30th choice). 2015) and Draymond Green (35th pick in 2012).

While a prospect’s success can never be guaranteed, it’s safe to say that the dubs have seen their share of the success in recent years, as they were drafted near the end of the first round and into the second round. Green is a four-time All-Star (and Champion), seven-time NBA All-Defensive Team Select, and one of the greatest playmakers today. Looney has become what head coach Steve Kerr calls the “land” of multiple NBA championship teams, and Poole is coming off a breakout season, which is discussed in more detail below.

RECENT HISTORY OF THE 28TH CHOICE WARRIORS
This is the seventh time in franchise history that the Warriors have had their 28th draft pick and the third such event in the past five years. Most recently, the Dubs had the 28th pick in 2019 when they selected Poole. The Michigan guard has made huge strides in his development in his first two pro seasons, and it all paid off for him and the team during the Dubs’ 2022 NBA championship season. Poole averaged 18.5 points during the regular season and his 211 3-pointers was second on the team, behind only Curry. After finishing fourth in the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award poll, Poole continued to thrive in the 2022 playoffs. He was third on the team in the playoffs (17.0 ppg) and assists (3.8 ppg) and knocked down multiple big shots en route to becoming the NBA champion.

DRAFT DAY OFFER?
Along with the arrival of draft day comes the potential for a draft day trade. The Warriors have been involved in a draft day trade three times in the past six years. The last time this happened was in 2019, when the Dubs acquired the drafting rights of Alen Smailagić from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for two future second-round picks.

SEE THE DRAFT PICKS IN ACTION
Regardless of who the Warriors pick on Thursday, the 2022 NBA draft picks will compete next weekend at the Chase Center in the fourth annual California Classic featuring the summer rosters of the Warriors, Lakers, Kings and Heat. Each team will play three games on July 2nd, 3rd and 5th and tickets for the first two days of the summer basketball extravaganza are on sale now.


UPCOMING WARRIORS DRAFT SELECTION
2022:

  • Own First Round Pick (No. 28)
  • Toronto’s second-round pick over Philadelphia (No. 51)
  • Own second-round pick (No. 55)

2023

  • Own choice for the first round
  • Warriors’ second-round pick due to Alen Smailagić trade to Cleveland or Detroit over New Orleans (6/20/19)

2024

  • Memphis (Top 4 Protected) the Warriors’ pick for the first round because of Andre Iguodala-Trade (07/07/19).
  • Warriors’ second-round pick owed to Houston or Cleveland for draft pick trade that led to Warriors’ selection of Eric Paschall (6/20/19)

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