The Golden State Warriors have made one monumental mistake over the last few years, and it appears the rest of the league has little interest in letting the franchise live it down.
After a league-worst record in 2019-20, the Warriors selected James Wiseman with the second overall pick. It turned out to be a fateful decision, with the seven-foot center traded in February after just 60 games with the franchise.
One NBA analyst believes the Golden State Warriors' selection of James Wiseman will provide a "carousel of angst" for fans over the coming years.
While Wiseman's career now hangs in jeopardy at the Detroit Pistons, a number of the 2020 draft class have already developed into franchise stars and All-Star level players. That's headed by the number one overall pick Anthony Edwards, who in fairness the Warriors didn't actually have access to.
Golden State did have the opportunity to select LaMelo Ball or Tyrese Haliburton though, two point-guards whose playmaking would probably be an exquisite with the team in hindsight.
After a slow start to the season, Ball, who was taken directly after Wiseman, has averaged 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 8.9 assists on 42.6% three-point shooting across his last 10 games.
Meanwhile, Haliburton made headlines earlier in the week for a huge 37-point, 16-assist outing against the Atlanta Hawks. In discussing the 23-year-old's performance, The Ringer's Bill Simmons and Rob Mahoney couldn't help but bring up the Warriors and their Wiseman selection.
""It really is a carousel of angst - whether Edwards or LaMelo or Haliburton has a great game, there is always some grousing going on about one of those three guys," Mahoney said. It's just going to be that way perpetually. You're going to have to watch all three of those players grow up and into even greater stardom and success.""
Edwards and Haliburton were each named to their first All-Star game in 2023, while Ball was selected in 2022. The trio have all signed the designated rookie max extension of five years, $205.9 million, with Wiseman set to become a restricted free agent next offseason.
While the Warriors will have no doubt come to regret their decision, it would undoubtedly be worse if they didn't have the 2022 NBA championship (and three more over the last decade) in their back pocket. The Timberwolves, Hornets and Pacers, led by their young stars, are still seeking their first title in franchise history.