Incompetence? Dubs is thy name
Sadly, I get incompetence; I've been a Warriors' fan since they were the San Francisco Warriors. This is just the draft, not the bad FA signings; see for worst moves: http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/sto.../5/203352/4177
here's a list:
What was the worst Warrior move in NBA history? That's the tough question because there were so many. How about...
Trading Wilt Chamberlain on January 15, 1965, for Connie Dierking, Paul Neumann, Lee Shaffer, and cash.
Allowing former Rookie of the Year Rick Barry and his 35.6 PPG to jump to the ABA's Oakland Oaks in 1967 to play for his father in law.
Warriors swapped Robert Parish and their 1980 first-round draft pick to Boston for the first and 13th picks in the 1980 NBA Draft. Golden State used the No. 1 pick to select Purdue's Joe Barry Carroll. The 7-foot center would ring up six seasons of at least 17.0 points per game (including 24.1 ppg in 1982-83), but Parish would go on to win three championships with the Celtics, teaming with Larry Bird and Kevin McHale on one of the best front lines in NBA history.
1986 Drafting Chris Washburn at #3 in the infamous Len Bias draft. Mark Price went at #25, Dennis Rodman at #27 and Drazen Petrovic went at #60. When Warriors staff picked Washburn, who had size and talent, up at the airport the story goes he was quietly reading a comic book in the car and wouldn't talk. He was later banned from the NBA for repeatedly failing drug tests.
Dealing Mitch Richmond to Sacramento in 1991 for rookie forward Billy Owens and a 1995 second-round pick thus breaking up RUN TMC. Owens would be traded many times over the years.
Trading the 1993 #3 Draft Pick, Penny Hardaway, and three No 1s for eventual Franchise destroyer CWebb that has haunted the Ws ever since.
Cohan purchasing the team in 1994 the year after - and the last time - the Warriors make the playoffs. Cohan sides with Nellie so CWebb takes his early out clause in his contract; and then Cohan gets rid of Nellie who wanted the W's lose to obtain the number one pick. The Curse of the Ws exists to this day of continuous playoff drought years.
The 1996 Drafting of Todd Fuller over Kobe Bryant
Hiring Coach PJ Carlesimo in 1997 who tells Spree to put a little more mustard in his passes and Spree proceeds to choke Carlesimo leaving his imprints on the SI photo of PJs neck
The 1997 Drafting of Adonal Foyle over Tracy McGrady
The 1999 Drafting of Greg Foster over Andrei Kirilenko
2002 Drafting of Mike Dunleavy No. 3 while Amare Stoudamire goes at No. 9 to Phoenix
2005 Drafting Ike Diogu over Danny Granger but this is still up in the air.
Two moves/choices that i though really hurt were letting (Keith/Jamaal) wilkes and gus williams go in the late 70's. wilkes was solid with the lakers and williams led the sonics to the championship.
...how about not being able to work out a deal to keep Gilbert Arenas?
how about russell cross in '83 instead of drexler, d harper, jeff malone, doc rivers or dale ellis?
billy owens for richomnd....richmond was a very good player for a long time, while owens was decent for 2 years.
another overlooked draft pick was jeff ruland. he was drafted and traded to wash immediately in 1980 when we drafted jbc. although he was injured throughout his career, he was an allstar and his career may have taken a different path with the warriors.
more.... john starks was sitting on the bench with warriors and became a big part of the knicks success in the late 80's and early 90's.
trading for alton lister instead of drafting kemp.
the signing of jo jo white and giving up a high 1st rounder to boston. i don't remember who they drafted.
the trading of our first to atl for blaylock instead of drafting jason terry.
bernard king for michael ray richardson. just when we were turning a corner. we couldn't or wouldn't match an offer by the knicks.
this doesn't really count, but the nba(david stern) cheating us out of patrick ewing.
I could go on...but, I need to get some coffee now...and a tissue. You could make several allstar teams with the guys the Dubs coulda/woulda/shoulda picked or kept...