The 2015 NBA draft is less than two months away, and for teams that aren’t still participating in the NBA playoffs, the focus is on using that event to build toward a better future. The exact draft order won’t be known until the May 19th lottery, when the simple bounce of a ping-pong ball can alter the fate of a franchise. Of course, having one of the top selections in any draft doesn’t guarantee that a team will snag a future All-Star. Team executives and scouts still have the difficult task of making the correct call with their picks.
With this in mind we at Hoops Rumors will be taking a look back at the draft history of the primary basketball executive for each NBA team. Their names, reputations, and possibly employment will be on the line as a result of the decisions to come on June 25th, and we’ll be examining what they’ve done in previous years in charge of a club’s front office. Note that many of them have played other sorts of roles within a team’s executive structure, but this won’t take that into account. We’ll begin with a look back at the calls made by the NBA Executive of the Year, Warriors GM Bob Myers…
Warriors (April 2012-Present)
- No. 7 Overall — Harrison Barnes: 241 games, 6.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.4 APG. .440/.373/.733.
- No. 30 Overall — Festus Ezeli: 124 games, 3.2 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 0.9 BPG. .487/.000/.579.
- No. 35 Overall — Draymond Green: 240 games, 6.9 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.1 APG. .412/.321/.685.
- No. 52 Overall — Ognjen Kuzmic: 37 games, 0.9 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 0.2 APG. .520/.000/.600.
- No. 30 Overall — Nemanja Nedovic *: 24 games, 1.1 PPG, 0.6 RPG, 0.5 APG. .205/.167/.875.
* The Warriors traded cash and a 2014 second-rounder (No. 53 Alessandro Gentile) to the Wolves for Malcolm Lee and the No. 26 overall pick (Andre Roberson). Golden State then dealt the rights to Roberson to the Thunder for the No. 29 overall pick (Archie Goodwin) and cash. The Warriors then completed this chain of events when they dealt the rights to Goodwin and Lee to Phoenix for the rights to Nedovic.
Notable player(s) passed over: Rudy Gobert (No. 27).
- The No. 23 Overall Pick (Rodney Hood) was dealt to Jazz as part of three-team sign-and-trade arrangement that brought Andre Iguodala to Golden State.