Stephen Curry will represent Warriors at virtual NBA Draft Lottery
The Warriors announced the news on Thursday:
Official: No. 30 is our representative for the virtual Draft Lottery.
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) August 13, 2020
The lottery will be held virtually on Aug. 20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Curry was once at the other end of the deal when he was selected seventh overall in the 2009 NBA Draft.
The Warriors weren’t invited to the NBA restart in Orlando due to a terrible 15-50 record, the worst mark in the NBA. Curry missed the majority of the season because of a hand injury, while Klay Thompson missed all of it as he continued to rehab from a torn ACL suffered in last season’s NBA Finals.
While the Warriors suffered through a miserable season, it assures them of one of the top-five picks in the upcoming draft. This is a breakdown of their odds: No. 1 pick (14.0%), No. 2 pick: (13.4%), No. 3 pick: 12.7%), No. 4 pick (12.0%), No. 5 pick: (47.9%).
Warriors executive vice president of basketball operations Kirk Lacob believes the back-to-back Finals MVP (2015 and 2016) may be their lucky charm in the draft. In a podcast with Kerith Burke and Grant Liffmann said this:
“If Steph Curry ever came and said, ‘I want to do this. Put me on the lottery dais,’ I think it would be pretty hard to say no… He’s a pretty lucky guy. You want somebody who has good luck to be up there representing you.”
Warriors fans have to hope Lacob is right on this one. Even if not, Golden State should be back in contention next season.