When the league starts again, players throughout the NBA have officially entered Orlando Bubble. However, the Golden State Warriors will be watching from home. With the worst league record at 15-50, the Warriors are one of eight teams outside the bubble.
Without a hoop on the Golden State calendar, Bob Myers and Steve Kerr can turn their attention to the NBA Draft. For the first time since 2002, the Warriors will have the opportunity to choose the top five.
Before Golden State reached hours in October, Warriors Wire was roll back through the organization’s draft history to highlight the most memorable choices – trade, surprises, sculpture, sleep and everything in between.
In 2007, the Warriors watched an Italian shooter in the first round of the NBA Draft.
June 28, 2007
To begin the 2007 edition of the NBA Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers chose Ohio State great Greg Oden with the first overall choice. Forward selection 17, Golden State’s Chris Mullin and Don Nelson are on the clock.
Coming from the dramatic playoffs, “We Believe” Warriors are looking to add parts that can push them deeper into the postseason. With the overall choice No. 18, The Warriors landed Italian Marco Belinelli in the first round.
Watch as Belinelli becomes a member of the Golden State Warriors via Youtube:
Before arriving on the NBA stage, Belinelli gained experience in Serie A Italy with Virtus Bologna and Fortitudo Bologna.
In the rookie season in the Bay Area, Belinelli sliding behind Baron Davis and Monta Ellis in the field behind Golden State. As a beginner, Belinelli played a limited role, averaging 2.9 points with 38.7% shooting from the field and 39.0% from outside the arc with 0.5 assists and 0.4 rebounds per game.
As a sophomore, Belinelli increased her playing time from 7.3 minutes to 21.0 minutes per contest. Belinelli started 23 of 33 matches in 2008-09, averaging 8.9 points with 44.2% shooting from the field and 39.7% from distance with 2.1 assists and 1.7 boards per game.
With a group of wings on the list in 2009, the Warriors moved their former first-round to Toronto Raptors for veteran Devean George. A decade later, Belinelli has some hardware in his trophy room. The former Golden State keeper was the NBA Finals champion (2014) with the San Antonio Spurs and the 3-Point Contest Champion (2014).
Other famous players from the 2007 NBA concept class included Kevin Durant, Al Horford in Florida, USC Nick Young and Marc Gasol from Spain.