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The "We Believe" playoff gear will stay in the closet once again
It is a fate that is all too familiar to Warriors fans, and one that has left the franchise in a state of eternal mediocrity. For six of the last seven seasons, the Warriors have been bad enough to miss the playoffs, but just good enough to avoid getting a top draft pick that could turn the fate of the franchise overnight.
During these non-playoff seasons, the Warriors have managed every year to make their pick in the NBA Draft between Picks 6 and 14.
So while stars like Chris Paul, Kevin Love and Kevin Durant have been able to come in and almost singlehandedly turn around bad franchises whose poor play landed them in the high end of the lottery, the Warriors have toiled in the wasteland of mediocrity, landing such stalwarts as Patrick O'Bryant and Ike Diogu.
And while a top-four pick does not guarantee a franchise player, it certainly increases the odds for a team like the Warriors, who, outside of Monta Ellis, have not been know for finding diamonds in the rough in the NBA Draft.
This year is headed for more heartbreak in the eyes of Warriors fans. With this being advertised as one of the deeper drafts in recent years, missing the playoffs might normally be of benefit.
However, the Warriors traded their first-round pick to the Nets back in 2008 for, of all players, Marcus Williams.
Williams did little in his short stint with Golden State, and now this top-seven protected pick seems destined to be headed to Utah (acquired in the Deron Williams trade), as the Warriors will once again be better than downtrodden teams like Washington and Charlotte, but not good enough to make the playoffs.