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

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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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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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Mickaël Piétrus is listed (or ranked) 9 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

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Joe Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 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

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Andris Biedriņš is listed (or ranked) 11 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

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Harrison Barnes is listed (or ranked) 12 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

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Mike Dunleavy, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 13 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

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

Overall selection: 11 (1990)

Stats
230 games played, 7.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg

15
2 2
Victor Alexander is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 17 (1991)

Stats
271 games played, 9.2 ppg, 5 rpg

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2 2
Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 5 (1998)

Stats
Never played for Warriors

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

Overall selection: 18 (1977)

Stats
74 games played, 4.6 ppg

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Rickey Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 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

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

Overall selection: 3 (1986)

Stats
43 games played, 3.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg

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2 2
Clifford Rozier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Golden State Warriors First-Round Picks In The NBA Draft

Overall selection: 16 (1994)

Stats
126 games played, 5 ppg, 5.2 rpg

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

Overall selection: 1 (1980)

Stats
491 games played, 20.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg

Achievements
1986-87 All-Star selection

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

Overall selection: 3 (1993)

Stats
Never played for Warriors

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

Overall selection: 30 (2015)

Stats
204 games played, 4.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg

Achievements
2-time NBA champion (2017-2018)

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

Overall selection: 14 (1982)

Stats
272 games played, 7.6 ppg, 3.9 apg, 3.1 rpg

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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