The Top 5 Best and Worst Golden State Warriors Draft Picks Since 2000

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The Top 5 Best and Worst Golden State Warriors Draft Picks Since 2000
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As it currently stands, the Golden State Warriors hold no picks in Thursday's NBA draft.

That's perhaps the biggest sign of the franchise's recent turnaround, as the league's annual talent grab has long served as the Warriors' main source of roster improvements.

Prior to this year, the team had participated in 11 of the past 13 draft lotteries. While other franchises based their successes on wins and losses, the Warriors found theirs in pingpong balls and draft selection cards.

Despite almost always having a dog in the race, the Warriors rarely finished near the top of the draft board. They've made just two top-five selections since 2000, neither of which impressed nor disappointed enough to warrant a spot on this list (Jason Richardson, No. 5 overall in 2001; Mike Dunleavy, No. 3 in 2002).

Considering where the Warriors have often made their selections, there aren't many egregious mistakes on their recent resume. Still, they would love to take back a few draft duds.

However, their track record also shows their ability to find some tremendous values. Whether snagging a star in the second round or a potential superstar near the back end of the top 10, they've often done a good job of maximizing the hands they've been dealt.

The draft no longer carries the same kind of weight in the Bay Area. Here's a look back at the best and worst selections made when the draft used to be the biggest night of the year for Warriors fans.

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