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NBA Draft: Best-ever No. 28 picks, where Warriors will select in 2019

NBA Draft: Best-ever No. 28 picks, where Warriors will select in 2019

The 2019 NBA Draft is upon us. 

On Thursday, teams will assemble to hopefully select players that will be integral parts of their franchise for years to come.

Draft night is an especially important time for Bob Myers and the Warriors.

After suffering a devastating NBA Finals loss to the Toronto Raptors that saw both Kevin Durant (Achilles) and Klay Thompson (ACL) go down with severe injuries, the Dubs are in need of players who can provide depth next season, something they were lacking against the Raptors.

Golden State has the No. 28 overall pick Thursday night, which historically hasn't been a goldmine of talent, but there have been a few good players (and one likely Hall of Famer) to be taken at that position.

Here's a look at the three best players produced by that draft slot. 

Tony Parker, PG, Spurs, 2001

The best player ever selected with the No. 28 overall pick is a no-brainer.

During his surefire Hall of Fame career, Parker was a cornerstone of the Spurs' run from the early 2000s through the 2014 NBA Finals. Parker was a six-time All-Star, four-time NBA champion and was named the 2007 NBA Finals MVP.

For his career, the electric guard averaged 15.5 points and 5.6 assists per game while shooting 49.1 percent from the field and accumulating a PER of 18.2. He retired after this past season where he played for the Charlotte Hornets, his only non-Spurs season. If the Warriors can find a diamond in the rough like Parker, they won't be down on the mat for long.

Dan Roundfield, PF, Pacers, 1975

Dr. Rounds could straight up hoop. 

The 6-foot-8 power forward was a three-time All-Star and five-time All-Defense selection. He played six years with the Atlanta Hawks, when he was at his peak, averaging 13.5 points per game and 10.7 rebounds while in the ATL.

For his career, Roundfield averaged 14.3 points and 9.3 rebounds while shooting 48.2 percent from the field.

Leandro Barbosa, G, Spurs, 2003

The rich history of great picks at No. 28 ends with Parker, but Barbosa was a solid role player during his NBA career, as Warriors fans know.

During his 15-year NBA career, Barbosa was a key piece of the seven-seconds-or-less Suns and a major role player for the 2015 NBA champion Warriors.

For his career, Barbosa averaged 10.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting. He was named Sixth Man of the Year in the 2006-07 campaign. He's exactly the type of player the Warriors hope to find Thursday night.

Honorable mentions: Tiago Splitter, C, Spurs (2007); Greg Ostertag, C, Jazz (1995); Wayne Ellington, SG, Timberwolves (2009; Dan Dickau, PG, Kings (2002).

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The Warriors are in need of depth and the draft is a good way to find it. But at No. 28 overall, the Warriors will have to do their homework on all their potential options.

Klay Thompson proclaims Warriors' dynasty isn't dead, 'far from over'

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Klay Thompson proclaims Warriors' dynasty isn't dead, 'far from over'

All the national pundits and talking heads have danced on the grave of the Warriors' dynasty.

With Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston gone, and Klay Thompson out for a large portion of the upcoming season, most feel like the Warriors' reign of dominance is over.

But Thompson isn't listening to the noise. The Warriors might be down, but they aren't out.

"The dynasty ain't over," Klay said Friday during the second annual Thompson Family Foundation golf tournament in Newport Beach, Calif. "It's far from over."

After five season atop the NBA mountain, the Warriors are no longer the favorites to win the NBA title, and will look vastly different this season.

At the beginning of the season, Steph Curry and Draymond Green will be flanked by newcomers D'Angelo Russell and Willie Cauley-Stein. Instead of Durant at the starting small forward spot, coach Steve Kerr might go with Alfonzo McKinnie.

Super Death Lineup this is not.

Making matters tougher for the Warriors is the improvement of other teams in the Western Conference. The Clippers, Lakers, Jazz and Rockets all made blockbuster moves over the summer, while the Nuggets and Blazers return teams that were top-4 seeds in the West last season.

But once Thompson returns in February or March, the Warriors will be able to close games with a lineup of Curry, Thompson, Russell, Green and Kevon Looney, who signed a three-year contract with the Warriors in the offseason.

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As Green said last week, no one will want to face the Warriors in the playoffs. That will be especially true if Thompson is 100 percent in April.

Durant isn't around anymore, but the dynasty isn't dead until Curry, Thompson and Green say it is.

Magic Johnson can't believe Kevin Durant was unhappy with Warriors

Magic Johnson can't believe Kevin Durant was unhappy with Warriors

Kevin Durant came to the Warriors in 2016 in pursuit of a family and NBA titles.

Durant got the hardware in his first two seasons with the Warriors.

Despite all the winning the Warriors were able to do with Durant, he never quite felt like he was part of a family. It's quite possible that had something to do with the fact that he refused to commit long-term to the Warriors. It's hard for a family to accept you when you have one foot in the house and the other on the front porch.

After three seasons in the Bay Area, Durant left this offseason for the Brooklyn Nets, and he revealed to the Wall Street Jounal last week that he never felt like one of the guys.

NBA legend Magic Johnson can't begin to fathom Durant's logic.

"KD, I hope that he finds happiness," Johnson said on ESPN's First Take on Friday. "If you can't find happiness at Golden State, where are you going to find it at? First of all, give Steph Curry a lot of credit for saying 'I'm a two-time MVP, I'm willing to take a backseat because I want to win.' Give Klay Thompson a lot of credit, because you know who's game suffered the most? Klay Thompson. He used to get a lot more touches before KD got there and he said 'I'm OK with that as long as we win a championship.' Draymond Green, even he had to take a backseat.

"So, Kevin, if you won back-to-back titles, you won MVP of the Finals as well, where are you going to find happiness at? I just want him to find happiness because when I look at Michael Jordan, when I look at Kobe Bryant, this brother, Kevin Durant, is one of the greatest scorers we've seen in NBA history, so I just want him to be happy. I just don't know where he's going to find it at if he can't find it at Golden State."

We imagine every single Warriors fan feels the same way as Magic.

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Unlike Thunder fans, Warriors fans don't hold any ill will towards Durant. They're just puzzled by his decision to leave. He had everything he wanted in the Bay Area and Golden State could have offered more money. Yet he still decided to leave.

But maybe Durant will never be happy in the same spot for too long. It's possible that in three years, Brooklyn fans find themselves wondering why Durant wasn't happy, just like Warriors fans are right now.