NBA Draft: Why Tanking Isn't Worth It for the Golden State Warriors

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NBA Draft: Why Tanking Isn't Worth It for the Golden State Warriors
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Before the Warriors traded Monta Ellis to the Bucks, they were in contention for a playoff spot. They had a good deal of momentum, but could not have challenged OKC or San Antonio even if they had snuck into that seventh or eighth spot.

So Golden State's brass made the smart decision, trading assured mediocrity in the present for the chance at something special in the future. In return for Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown, they got an injured Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson (who they turned into Richard Jefferson).

With Bogut sidelined and Stephen Curry's ankle still an issue, it was understood that the Warriors' playoff chances were in the gutter after the trade deadline. However, there was suddenly an incentive to not win as much as possible.

Due to a stipulation from a previous trade, the Dubs' 2012 draft pick is only protected up to No. 7. If it ends up being eight or lower, it will go to the Utah Jazz. Golden State could do a lot with a high draft pick, including addressing holes at backup SG, backup PF or starting SF. If obtained, it might prove extremely beneficial.

After playing mostly poor basketball since the trade deadline, the Warriors are currently 21-32, with only 13 games remaining in this shortened season. Officially, they're not allowed to tank, nor discuss tanking as a viable strategy. Additionally, there are eight obstacles standing in their way to loserdom.

Here they are:

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