Chris Washburn (3rd pick) 1986 NBA Draft
Still on the board: Ron Harper, Dell Curry, Mark Price, Dennis Rodman
More than 30 years before the Golden State Warriors selected Stephen Curry and changed their franchise forever — the Dubs had a chance to select the OG, Dell.
While Dell Curry went on to be a legendary 3-point shooter — the Warriors selected Chris Washburn with the No. 3 overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft.
Washburn played fewer than 50 games with the Warriors, posting 3.8 points and 2.9 rebounds as a rookie. He was traded to Atlanta — then permanently banned from the NBA for substance abuse in only his third season.
He recently spoke about his brief NBA career, saying the doctors told him it’s a miracle he didn’t die on the court while playing high on cocaine.
Washburn is 56 years old now and though his playing days are over, he has been sober for more than a decade and his son, Julian, played 19 games for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2018.
As for the Warriors, they had mocked Curry as the second-best guard in the class — behind Ron Harper. Another sharpshooter, Mark Price, went in the second round. As did the Hall of Famer, Dennis Rodman.
All things considered, this was easily the Dubs’ worst draft decision.