The 2020 NBA Draft has only been a year old, but a lot has changed since then.
This rookie class had expectations for some that were not fulfilled, while others surprised us.
With it being a year now; some NBA teams are happy with their choices.
Some are still waiting to see what they will do in their second year.
However, some might be regretting the decision from last season already.
It is hard to get the draft right.
After all, it is a crapshoot nonetheless.
Some teams are better than others.
Unfortunately, three teams learned that the hard way and are not liking what they have thus far.
3. Detroit Pistons, Killian Hayes
The Detroit Pistons were winners of this year’s draft when they grabbed the No. 1 overall pick in the lottery.
This led them to taking Cade Cunningham.
Last season, they owned the No. 7 overall pick.
They ended up taking Killian Hayes out of France.
Hayes had potential, but was looked at as an NBA project.
In fact, he just turned 20 years old in July of this year.
There were some quick flashes of his promise.
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However, injuries and inconsistent play hurt his growth last season.
He shot 35 percent from the field and 28.7 percent from three.
His shooting was abysmal.
To make matters worse, the Pistons selected Hayes over Tyrese Haliburton.
Haliburton is a little bit older than him, so the mindset was to select someone with higher potential.
The jury might still be out on Hayes, but the Pistons might have some regret as of right now.
2. Phoenix Suns, Jalen Smith
Your 2021 Western Conference champions are the Phoenix Suns.
You wouldn’t think that if you saw where they drafted at the previous season with their own pick.
They had the No.10 overall pick and selected Jalen Smith out of Maryland.
It was an odd selection when it happened.
Smith was not rated as one of the best prospects in the draft.
This turned out to be a reach, but maybe the Suns were onto something.
That was not the case.
Smith only played 27 games all season long and six in the playoffs during blowouts.
He just was not a contributor, which may have hurt the Suns in the Finals.
They had no depth with their bigs, as they did not trust Smith with Finals minutes.
A better draft pick could have helped with their chances to win it all.
1. Golden State Warriors, James Wiseman
The most recent dynasty was the Golden State Warriors a few years back.
We are two seasons removed from their last Finals appearance, but it truly feels longer.
This past season was supposed to be their return to some form of prominence.
However, another Klay Thompson injury hampered that chance, but not entirely.
The newly acquired James Wiseman was going to help.
The problem was that the Warriors didn’t know how raw of a prospect Wiseman was when they selected him No. 2 overall.
Even with his struggles, Wiseman showed flashes and is far from a bust.
Injuries affected him, as he only played 39 games.
Wiseman is not what the Warriors regret necessarily, but it is passing on the eventual Rookie of the Year in LaMelo Ball.
The Warriors had their chance and even reportedly told Ball he was going to be taken at two.
Just imagine LaMelo Ball on the Golden State Warriors with Steph Curry, Draymond Green and a healthy Klay Thompson 🤯
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However, the Warriors chose Wiseman.
He still has promise, but Ball has shown superstar potential already.
The Warriors might be regretting that choice as we speak.