Golden State Warriors: Re-drafting the team’s last 3 first-round picks

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2016 (No. 30 Overall): Damian Jones > Malcolm Brogdon

There weren’t any superstars to emerge from the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft, which is essentially the pool we’re picking from. However, if there was one guy worth swapping for the largely unproductive Damian Jones, it’s Malcolm Brogdon.

The fit with the Warriors is actually fairly snug. Brogdon, a top-notch shooter and solid all-around point guard, would be a welcomed addition to the Golden State backcourt. Yes, they already have Quinn Cook and Shaun Livingston coming off the bench, but having Brogdon wouldn’t hurt either.

What I really like about the 2016-17 Rookie of the Year is his sweet stroke. Since entering the league, he’s connected on 40.3 percent of his 3-point attempts, and just over 90 percent of his free throws. So far this season, he’s missed only two of his 86 attempts from the charity stripe–verging on record-breaking numbers.

It’s that type of shooting that seems like an ideal fit for the Warriors. Plus, he’s a decent floor general and defender who could step in for Stephen Curry in a pinch.

More importantly, though, he replaces the largely irrelevant Jones. Sure, he was playing some decent basketball earlier this season before tearing his pectoral, but hadn’t shown much prior to being forced into the starting lineup. Especially if Harrell and the next re-draft were on the roster, Jones would be expendable.