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The Golden State Warriors' Race to the Bottom: Can They Tank Hard Enough?
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The question on every Golden State Warriors fans' mind going forward is if the team can lose enough games to keep their draft pick in 2012. The pick is owned by the Jazz and is top-seven protected, meaning the Warriors would have to get a pick from one to seven to keep the selection. 

Hoping for losses leaves a bitter taste in most fans' mouths, but keeping the selection is more important than winning games right now. In a deep draft full of potential stars, the Warriors can't afford to lose their pick. Warriors brass clearly knows this, as owner Joe Lacob has said he is working on a trade to keep the draft pick even if it falls outside the top seven. However, for this exercise, it will be assumed that the Warriors will not successfully make this trade and they will have to lose their way into the draft pick.

After an introduction to the Warriors' current stats, the following is a slide-show with all the teams that they can potentially pass to increase their chances of keeping their draft pick.

Note: Having one of the seven worst records does not guarantee a top-seven draft pick because of the lottery process. This is more an analysis of the teams the Warriors need to pass to increase their chances. 

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