3 players the Warriors could have drafted over Moses Moody in 2021

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3. Herb Jones

The 2021 draft proved an excellent one for the Pelicans, havign taken Murphy 17th overall and Herb Jones early in the second-round at 35. It was the latter who had the more immediate impact though, with Jones' starting 69 games in his rookie year and earning All-Rookie Second Team honors after averaging 9.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.

The 25-year-old has quickly developed into one of, if not the best wing defender in the league, signified in the fact he was the only non-big to be named to the All-Defensive First Team this season.

While far from a polished offensive player, Jones has developed his three-point shot effectively to the point of nailing 41.8% of his attempts this season. His athleticism also allows him to be a dangerous threat in transition, resulting in a career-high 11.0 points per game in 2023-24.

Would he have flourished in a similar manner with Golden State? Perhaps not in his first couple of years, yet Andrew Wiggins' decline would have likely seen the 25-year-old become the Warriors best two-way wing this season. Jones could have easily replaced Wiggins in the starting lineup, or perhaps even joined him as the starting two-guard when Klay Thompson was moved to the bench just before the All-Star break.

Jones' presence would certainly lessen the need for Wiggins, resulting in a likely trade of the 2022 All-Star this offseason if it hadn't have happened already. You can't fault the Warriors for not taking a prospect who wasn't considered anywhere close to a lottery pick, but regardless they'd be better off today with Jones rather than Moody.