A year to forget.
That's exactly what 2011-2012 has been for the Golden State Warriors. From the lockout which affected the entire league to the contract negotiations and ultimate trade of star-player Monta Ellis to the embarrassing events that occurred when Chris Mullin was getting his jersey retired, this year has been a disaster for the Warriors.
And then, there's the team's overall record.
It truly has been tough for the men at Oracle Arena this season. The good news is that the Warriors, when healthy, are a team that still has a good amount of talent to build around.
Stephen Curry is a strong player who, because of the unpopular trade of Ellis, will likely see more shots and more opportunities to score. David Lee is a fantastic and underrated power forward who is nearly averaging a double-double for the W's this season. Andrew Bogut has the ability to provide a strong defensive presence on the inside, while adding his solid offense.
The rest of the team is stocked with young players who have shown some promise, like Klay Thompson and Jeremy Tyler, as well as talented role players like Dorell Wright and Nate Robinson. However, these players haven't done enough on their own to help the team win. Adding a couple pieces in the draft could change the Warriors from a playoff spectator to a playoff participant.
The problem is that the Warriors won't be able to take advantage of the high draft picks that come with a bad season due to trades they have made. The Utah Jazz own the W's first-round pick which currently sits in the ninth position if the ping-pong balls bounce the way they should. The good news for the Warriors is that pick is top-seven protected, so if the Warriors somehow manage to get one of the top-seven picks, they will be able to select a player in that spot.
The other bit of good news is that the Warriors now own the Spurs' first-round pick because they were willing to take Richard Jefferson this season.
The Warriors also do not own their own second-round pick, as it was dealt to the Nuggets by way of the Knicks in the David Lee deal. Fortunately, the W's will be able to select twice in the second round, once with New Jersey's selection and once with Atlanta's selection.
So the Warriors have a bit of a scrambled mess with their draft situation, but in the end, it leaves them with three chances to add players to improve the team. The following are the areas the Warriors should look to supplement their already talented team in order to get back into contention in 2012-2013.
(This article is written with the assumption that the Warriors will lose their first rounder, and therefore select toward the end of the first round and twice in the second round.)