If you’re a Golden State Warriors fan, two things about you must be true. You have a high tolerance for pain, and can sustain yourself on a steady diet of hope for the future.
We, as Warriors fans, can’t help but dream of landing the player who will lead our team to greatness.
Some say that the best way to predict where you’re heading is to reflect upon where you’ve been.
If you dare to venture down memory lane, you’ll likely be left with this recurring thought:
…we drafted Kobe Bryant?
…or Kevin Garnett?
…or Dirk Nowitzki?
…or Amar’e Stoudemire?
The truth is, we could’ve had ‘em all. Any one of these players could have been our Messiah.
But this is the Warriors we’re talking about. They’ve passed on Hall of Fame players and perennial All-Stars. They’ve drafted some of the biggest “busts” in NBA history.
Don’t get me wrong, Warriors fans-- it hasn’t been all bad. We did land Gilbert Arenas and Monta Ellis in the second round. And there has certainly been plenty of talent in Golden State over the years.
But imagine how great this franchise could have been, how many titles could have been won, if only things had been different.
Imagine the possibilities. Imagine what if…
NOTE: this list includes draft-day transactions-- and may not include defining trades or signings, such as the infamous Billy Owens-for-Mitch Richmond trade which altered the future for the team, but did not occur on draft-day.