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Only one player Don Nelson would have drafted before Steph Curry in 2009

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Only one player Don Nelson would have drafted before Steph Curry in 2009

Don Nelson is still living the best life. The former Warriors head coach is living in Maui and growing "Nellie Kush" for himself, friends and family.

On Wednesday, the winningest regular season coach in NBA history joined KNBR 680 and Steph Curry was a topic of conversation.

"When he's got a good look at one and he's got time, he doesn't make it as much as when there's guys all over him," Nelson said. "And then moving to his left, with a guy right on his shooting hand, it doesn't even affect him. He's just such an amazing player and so creative and such a wonderful guy.

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"We're so happy to have him in Golden State. I'm just so proud that we drafted him and he's there and everything worked out just like we had hoped."

Speaking of drafting him -- did Nelson think Curry would be available at No. 7 overall?

"Oh I never thought we'd get him. It took Minnesota drafting three point guards ahead of him," Nelson joked.

It was actually just two point guards -- Ricky Rubio at No. 5 and Jonny Flynn at No. 6.

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If the Warriors had the second overall pick in 2009, Curry would have never slipped as far as he did.

"I would have taken him No. 2 that year," Nelson declared. "I would have taken (Blake) Griffin first and then I would have taken him above everybody in the draft."

Griffin did in fact go No. 1 overall, but he missed the entire 2009-10 season because of a knee injury.

Hasheem Tabeet went No. 2, James Harden went third and Tyreke Evans was the No. 4 pick.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Why Warriors' Bob Myers wants roster to get 'more veteran' in offseason

Why Warriors' Bob Myers wants roster to get 'more veteran' in offseason

When the 2018-19 season began, the Warriors had the seventh oldest roster in the NBA.

When the 2019-20 season began, the Warriors had the third youngest roster in the NBA.

"We got young quick," Golden State general manager Bob Myers recently said on a call with season-ticket holders. 

So as the Warriors' front office makes plans for the roster moving forward, one thing is pretty clear.

"I think one idea is to get a little older," Myers said. "Not super old but to add some guys that are a little bit more veteran and shore things up there.

"We were so young this year. Obviously, it was a transition year for us ... but we'll see what we can get. Free agency is always unpredictable. I always say it's predictably unpredictable. You don't know what $4 or $5 million is going to get you."

It's unclear if Myers was referring to the taxpayer mid-level exception when he mentioned "$4 or $5 million." That exception is supposed to be worth around $6 million, but it's expected to drop because of the loss in revenue with the league suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

As of now, the Warriors will have a very high first-round draft pick (projected top-five) and two second-round picks (from the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks). If all three selections are on the Opening Night roster next season, that would be the opposite of getting "a little bit more veteran."

Assuming they keep their first rounder -- it's possible that the Warriors will end up trading the second rounders, or maybe they hold on to them and sign those players to two-way contracts to free up roster spots for free-agent additions.

Money will be tight this offseason for most teams around the league, so there should be some very solid minimum options for the Warriors.

"There probably will be certain players we like that we get outbid on," Myers said. "There may be some that we were surprised we have a chance to sign. There may be a lot of ties that we hope we can break if we get down into the conversation of signing a minimum player.

"You hope our organization, our leadership -- a guy like Steph Curry getting on the phone with a player, Steve Kerr coaching that player and getting on the phone with him -- would be beneficial."

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Warriors' Eric Paschall recalls 'Whoa' moment of strong rookie season

Warriors' Eric Paschall recalls 'Whoa' moment of strong rookie season

One of the best moments of this forgettable Warriors' season happened in Game No. 7.

Rookie Eric Paschall celebrated his 23rd birthday on Nov. 4, 2019 by scoring 34 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in the Warriors' 127-118 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

It was a bright spot for a team that left the arena that night 2-5 on the season and would post just 13 more wins before the season was suspended due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

During an Instagram Live "Ask Me Anything" interview with 95.7 The Game's Whitley Sandretto, Paschall was asked for his favorite moment of this season.

"Definitely my game on my birthday," Paschall said. "I mean, can't complain about that day, I had 34 points, so I would definitely say that was my favorite game."

That was the coming-out party for the No. 41 overall draft pick.

Fans at Chase Center were chanting "MVP" for the rookie in his seventh game. It was a surreal moment for Paschall.

"That was probably one of the wildest things ever," Paschall said. "Again, a rookie, it's like, what was that, my fourth or fifth game? I don't know. It was very early and I'm getting MVP chants. I was like 'Whoa. This is a little crazy.' But it was cool. Again, I feel like Dub Nation has the best fans in the country, so I'm not complaining about it at all."

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For the Warriors, it was mostly a lost season chalked up to major injuries to two superstars. But the development of Paschall is why it wasn't a completely lost season.