5. Drafting Moody over Trey Murphy III
The Golden State Warriors had two lottery picks in the 2021 NBA Draft, and Myers had a chance to cement the two-timeline plan. James Wiseman was the second overall pick in 2020. If the Dubs president connected on the picks, he would have his next big three as his current core starts to decline.
It looks like Myers and the Warriors missed on every pick. It is still early. Moses Moody turned 21 this summer and is shooting 36.3 percent from 3-point range for his career after two seasons. He could grow into a starter and key rotation piece for the Dubs for the next decade-plus, but the 6’6 wing has a negative value over replacement player (VORP) so far.
Trey Murphy had a breakout second season where he averaged 14.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.1 steals in 31.0 minutes per game. The 23-year-old shot over 40 percent from 3-point range and became the floor-spacing wing that every team wants.
Moody is two years younger and has time to develop, but went three spots ahead of Murphy III on draft night. One is an impactful starting wing with room to grow and the other is hoping to play more than 15 minutes per game for the first time this season. Who would fans rather have?