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The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft 

Ranker NBA
Updated July 26, 2019 273 votes 18 voters 42 items

List Rules Vote based only on career success with the Golden State Warriors. Only picks made since the NBA/ABA merger (since 1977).

The Golden State Warriors' first-round draft picks for many years after the NBA and ABA merged were defined mostly by misses. Some of those misses were outright NBA draft busts like Shaun Vandiver and Rickey Green. Others were talented players who did their best work for other teams, such as Vince Carter and Penny Hardaway.

In fact, Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond, two of the best basketball players of all time, are the only Warriors first-round picks to make the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame. That will likely change, however, after the retirements of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, two of the best current NBA players, who were both drafted by the Warriors and contributed mightily to a run of three championships in four seasons from 2015-2018.

But which of these players had the greatest impact on the Warriors franchise? The stats below reflect only the players' time spent with the Warriors, and that is what you should base your vote on: Did this player help the Warriors get better?

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1
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 7 (2009)

Stats
694 games played, 23.5 ppg, 6.6 apg, 4.5 rpg, 3.6 3-pointers/game

Achievements
2-time NBA MVP (2015-2016)
6-time All-Star selection (2014-2019)
2-time first-team All-NBA (2015-2016)
3-time NBA champion (2015, 2017-2018)
No. 3 all-time in 3-pointers made (2,483)

2
Klay Thompson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 11 (2011)

Stats
615 games played, 19.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.9 3-pointers/game

Achievements
5-time All-Star selecion (2015-2019)
3-time NBA champion (2015, 2017-2018)

3
Latrell Sprewell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 24 (1992)

Stats
400 games played, 20.1 ppg, 4.7 apg, 4.3 rpg

Achievements
3-time All-Star selection (1994-1995, 1997)
1993-94 first-team All-NBA

4
Chris Mullin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 7 (1985)

Stats
807 games played, 20.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.9 apg

Achievements
2011 Hall of Fame inductee
5-time All-Star selection (1989-1993)
1991-92 first-team All-NBA

5
Jason Richardson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 5 (2001)

Stats
438 games played, 18.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.2 apg

6
Mitch Richmond is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 5 (1988)

Stats
234 games played, 22.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.4 apg

Achievements
2014 Hall of Fame inductee
1988-89 Rookie of the Year

7
Purvis Short is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 5 (1978)

Stats
614 games played, 19.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.8 apg

8
Tim Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 14 (1989)

Stats
422 games played, 19.8 ppg, 9.3 apg, 3.6 rpg

Achievements
3-time All-Star selection (1991-1993)

9
Andris Biedriņš is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 11 (2004)

Stats
510 games played, 6.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg

10
Mickaël Piét... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 11 (2003)

Stats
310 games played, 8.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg

11
Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 3 (1993)

Stats
Never played for Warriors

12
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 5 (1998)

Stats
Never played for Warriors

13
Harrison Barnes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 7 (2012)

Stats
307 games played, 10.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg

Achievements
2015 NBA champion

14
Joe Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 1 (1995)

Stats
211 games played, 17 ppg, 8.2 rpg

15
Mike Dunleavy, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 3 (2002)

Stats
356 games played, 10.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.5 apg

16
Marco Belinelli is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 18 (2007)

Stats
75 games played, 6.2 ppg

17
Rickey Green is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 16 (1977)

Stats
76 games played, 4.5 ppg

18
Russell Cross is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Russell Cross

Overall selection: 6 (1983)

Stats
45 games played, 3.7 ppg

19
Festus Ezeli is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 30 (2012)

Stats
170 games played, 4.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg

Achievements
2015 NBA champion

20
Chris Gatling is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 16 (1991)

Stats
311 games played, 9.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg

21
Troy Murphy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 14 (2001)

Stats
359 games played, 11.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg

22
Rickey Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft
Rickey Brown

Overall selection: 13 (1980)

Stats
177 games played, 5.2 ppg, 4 rpg

23
Ike Diogu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 9 (2005)

Stats
86 games played, 7.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg

24
Raymond Townsend is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 22 (1978)

Stats
140 games, 5.1 ppg

25
Anthony Randolph is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 14 (2008)

Stats
96 games played, 9.2 ppg, 6 rpg