Golden State Warriors: Top 20 Draft Picks in History

March 23, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; 1975 NBA Championship Golden State Warriors team members Clifford Ray (left), Rick Barry (center), and Jamaal Wilkes (right) address the media in a press conference before the game between the Warriors and the Washington Wizards at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
March 23, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; 1975 NBA Championship Golden State Warriors team members Clifford Ray (left), Rick Barry (center), and Jamaal Wilkes (right) address the media in a press conference before the game between the Warriors and the Washington Wizards at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /
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8. Klay Thompson

While there may be some Warrior legends you could argue should be ahead of Klay Thompson on this list, there is no arguing that he has done some things that those guys could never dream of doing. Scoring 37 points in a single quarter on 13-for-13 from the field including 9-for-9 from deep is a feat that maybe 5 players in the history of the league could have made happen, but Klay is in the history books as the only one to ever do so.

Thompson was drafted by the Warriors with the 11th overall pick in 2011, a reason why he wears number 11 on the court, and while guys like Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard were still on the board when Klay was selected, Golden State has not regretted their decision to take the 6’7″ wing out of Washington State.

In Klay’s rookie season, he saw just one start before the departure of starting shooting guard Monta Ellis in March, and in that span averaged just 17.2 minutes per game. Once Ellis was shipped out, Klay saw his minutes spike to over 34 a game.

What makes Klay so high on our list is his ability to catch fire at any given second (see video above). Klay is number two in franchise history in made 3-point field goals behind his backcourt mate, and is fourth in team history in 3-point field goal percentage.

Klay has seen a healthy improvement in his game from year-to-year. Coming into the league he was known as a ‘three-and-D” guy who couldn’t put the ball on the floor and create a shot for himself. While that still isn’t his bread and butter, he has rounded out his game to become one of the deadliest offensive players in the league today.