NBA Draft Lottery

Warriors’ NBA draft lottery picks since 1990, ranked from worst to best

Warriors’ NBA draft lottery picks since 1990, ranked from worst to best

It's been a while since the Warriors had an NBA draft pick in the lottery.

But due to Kevin Durant's departure and injuries to Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, the Warriors own the worst record in the NBA and will have one of the top picks in the 2020 draft.

Before general manager Bob Myers and the Warriors' front office add a top talent to the roster, let's look back at all the lottery picks the franchise has made since 1990.

From Tyrone Hill in 1990 to Harrison Barnes in 2012, here are the Warriors' last 17 lottery picks ranked from worst to best.


Warriors' Steve Kerr explains process watching top NBA draft prospects

Warriors' Steve Kerr explains process watching top NBA draft prospects

Like every basketball coach in the NBA, Steve Kerr has moved away from the gym. Unlike many of his coaching brethren, he has traded his basketball and clipboard for an apron.

Kerr has moved into the kitchen. Dinner has replaced tipoff as the big event of the evening.

“I’m cooking dinner every night with the family, which has been nice,” Kerr said Wednesday over the phone to NBC Sports Bay Area. “I like to cook. We kind of all cook.”

The Kerrs -- Steve, wife Margot and adult children Nick, Maddy and Matthew -- are gathered at the family home a few miles north of San Diego. Consider this re-bonding a way to seek something positive during shelter-in-place guidelines due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

“I’m enjoying it,” he said. “We’re empty-nesters, so having all three kids under our roof ... we’ve had more family dinners over the few weeks than we’ve had over the last five years combined.”

Being away from the office/gym is not a vacation from hoops. Kerr is splitting job duties, still coaching via video but also has temporarily join the staff of president of basketball operations and general manager Bob Myers.

Kerr is embracing a role he has not experienced since joining the Warriors nearly six years ago.

“I’ve really dived into the draft stuff, which has been fun,” he said.

“What I look for is an awareness level at both ends. Does a guy box out every play, or does he watch the ball? Does he get beat back door? Is he aware of weak-side cutters? Does he get rid of the ball quickly, or is he a ball-holder? All those little things. And they’re much easier to pinpoint when you’re watching a specific guy rather than watching his team.”

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Though NBA rules forbid Kerr from naming names, his evaluation criteria should come with a caution light for top-of-the-draft prospects Obi Toppin, a forward from Dayton, and center James Wiseman of Memphis (briefly). Both have been flagged for defensive shortcomings.

Asked if he focuses more on offense or defense, Kerr said it’s imperative to study both.

“It’s always a two-way game when you get deep into the playoffs, but never more so than now,” he said. “It’s so important to have two-way capabilities in the modern game. You’ve got to be able to defend multiple spots, so we look for that.

"Can a big guy switch onto a guard and stay in front of him? Can a guard switch onto a big guy and have the strength to battle him? Are guys making the right rotations? The right reads?”

With the NBA calendar suspended, the original dates for the lottery (May 19) and the draft (June 25) are in jeopardy. Nothing will be finalized until a decision is made whether to complete the remaining regular-season schedule or scrap it and re-open with the postseason.

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Whenever the draft takes place, the Warriors will make their selection at or near the top of the lottery. Toppin and Wiseman will be among the first five or six players selected, but most scouts believe 18-year-old Georgia shooting guard Anthony Edwards has the highest potential.

It is safe to presume Kerr is scrutinizing all three, as well as a few others, including USC big man Onyeka Okongwu, Auburn small forward Isaac Okoro, Israeli wing Deni Avdija and point guard Killian Hayes, currently playing in France.

Steve Kerr explains what Warriors look for in NBA draft prospects

Steve Kerr explains what Warriors look for in NBA draft prospects

The Warriors aren't your typical NBA Draft Lottery team.

After five straight trips to the NBA Finals, the Dubs were forced to take a reset season this year due to injuries to Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. As such, they entered the coronavirus hiatus with the worst record in the NBA and great odds at landing the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Names like James Wiseman, Obi Toppin, Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball will intrigue Warriors fans, but what are Kerr and president of basketball operations Bob Myers looking for in the soon-to-be addition to the NBA's sleeping Goliath?

"Some guys it's easy to tell," Kerr told 95.7 The Game's "Damon, Ratto and Kolsky" on Thursday. "So some guys it's easy to tell they are winners because they show it on their sleeve. They wear it on their sleeve. But you really have to dig in and do a lot of background work because some guys you can't really see it unless you talk to people who are directly involved with the team. That's why we have scouts and that's why we have people in our front office who are not only watching games but doing all kinds of background work on these guys because the person, the competitive side of things, and the human side of things is critical when you're trying to build a championship team."

Kerr has said the Warriors have narrowed their draft pool to between eight and 10 players. They'll be looking for someone who can help immediately in a supporting role and perhaps take the reins from Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green when they are past their primes.

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a wrench into the scouting process, as the Warriors must do their scouting through watching game film and phone interviews, not being able to bring players in for workouts or in-person interviews.

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While the global pandemic makes scouting harder to navigate, the Warriors have a clear idea of what they are looking for in their next addition. As with any quality organization, they prioritize culture and fit over talent.