NBA Draft 2012: 4 Players to Brighten Up the Golden State Warriors’ Future

April 14th, 2012 by Jon Siddoway Leave a reply »
The Golden State Warriors made a lot of noise in trading away top scorer Monta Ellis and the raw but improving Ekpe Udoh in exchange for oft-injured Andrew Bogut—a true center missing from their lineup for years.

Obviously opposed to the trade, fans then responded by making even louder noise as they hailed boos down upon owner Joe Lacob throughout a recent halftime ceremony to retire Chris Mullin's No. 17 jersey. 

The Warriors are 5-16 since the deal—losers of three straight and 11 of their last 13—and things aren't looking up, either, as both David Lee (strained groin) and Stephen Curry (sprained ankle) are likely shelved for the remainder of this season. 

So, why do fans remain optimistic about the team's future? No, ignorance is not the correct answer.

The Warriors' first-round pick in this year's draft is top-seven protected—it is only retained if they finish with one of the bottom seven records in the entire NBA. Anything better and the pick goes to the Utah Jazz (part of a 2008 trade).

The team's current downward spiral, if continued, could land them the much-needed top-seven pick and a c ...

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