For the Golden State Warriors, the 2012 NBA Draft needed to be a productive night.
After all, they had sacrificed half of last season just to stay in this lottery.
Luckily, the franchise has had years of practice with high draft picks as last night's selection was their 12th appearance in the past 12 draft lotteries (two lottery picks in 2001, none in 2007).
And just as fortunate was the fact that the front office group that had built those lottery-bound rosters was replaced by one with an NBA legend (Jerry West) and a well-connected agent-turned-general-manager (Bob Myers).
This essentially marked the second draft for this front office, although Myers was assistant general manager last year to (now Director of College Scouting) Larry Riley. Last year's draft haul included the team's projected shooting guard (Klay Thompson) and two low-risk, high-reward projects (Jeremy Tyler and Charles Jenkins).
But after acquiring veteran Andrew Bogut at the trade deadline to pair with their own veteran big, David Lee, the Warriors (more specifically, co-owner Joe Lacob) declared their intentions to win now.
The franchise held four picks in last night's draft: four chances to continue making positive steps or four steps toward yet another lottery pick next season. So, how did Myers and company do?