1. Drafting James Wiseman
The Warriors had been in the finals for five straight years, including winning three titles, before crashing and burning in 2020. Kevin Durant left for Brooklyn, and Klay Thompson missed the entire season with an injury. Stephen Curry played just five games because of injury, and the Dubs won 15 times. They had the worst record in the NBA but slipped to second in the lottery.
The Timberwolves selected Anthony Edwards at number one overall, which left the Dubs debating between James Wiseman and LaMelo Ball at two. In hindsight, Tyrese Haliburton, Desmond Bane, and Tyrese Maxey should have been in that conversation and Wiseman had zero business being in there.
The seven-footer was difficult to project. He went to Memphis but left after just three games. Wiseman was suspended for violating NCAA rules and never returned. He was the number one player in his high school class and played well in his only three college games, but the sample size was tiny.
This was the biggest miss by Bob Myers. Imagine LaMelo Ball or Tyrese Haliburton on the Golden State Warriors next to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Both All-Stars were available, but Myers selected a center averaging 20.3 minutes per game for his career after three years and could be out of the Pistons rotation this season.
The Golden State Warriors would not have become a dynasty without Bob Myers. He crafted the team and took the franchise to new heights, but it was not without missteps. Can Mike Dunleavy Jr. fill his enormous shoes? Stay tuned to find out.