Despite their best efforts (it was close) the Warriors are likely to have a lottery selection as long as no team leap frogs them for a top-three pick. Barring that scenario, they would end up having four picks in the 2012 NBA draft.
Their lottery pick is almost as if they are playing with house money since it really looked like they were going to be without a first-round pick and is why Richard Jefferson is on the team.
Outside Curry and more recently Thompson, the Warriors haven't had a whole lot of luck in the lottery, to put it mildly. With all the other changes going on with this franchise, now they have the chance to turn their poor draft history around by capitalizing on this draft.
They have a lot of options to do so to.
Some of the early round targets include Harrison Barnes, Perry Jones III and Jared Sullinger to name a few, but who knows what will transpire over the course of the next seven weeks.
Another option would be to dive into the trade market. Having three rookies from last year on the team and in the rotation or drafting four more to come in, doesn't make a whole lot of sense. They could package the picks to move up in the draft, acquire a veteran or try to attach a player like Biedrins with their lottery pick to acquire a veteran to come right in and contribute—preferably a small forward.
The Warriors will have their hands full leading up to the draft night as a strong night should help them reach their goal next year of reaching the playoffs.
The Warriors could get lucky too; last year's No. 1 pick was awarded to the team with the eighth worst record last year (again it was close), even the Warriors couldn't screw that pick up should they get it.