The 2021 NBA Draft is now over and it is time to analyze each team’s night.
Teams prepare for this moment all season long.
For several months, we speculate on who are the top guys and what do these teams need.
Then the draft finally arrives and the pressure is on.
Some teams thrived and nailed their draft.
However, there is the opposite side of the spectrum.
There were a few teams that did not have a positive night from the outside looking in.
Here are the three teams that failed in this year’s NBA Draft.
3. San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs have not been a relevant contender for several years now.
We were so accustomed to seeing the Spurs in the playoffs making a deep run each year.
However, that era is over and there is no timetable for when they will be back.
The Spurs owned the No. 12 pick in this draft and ended up taking Joshua Primo out of Alabama.
The youngest player in the draft is off the board at pick No. 12.
Joshua Primo is only 18. And now he's heading to the Spurs. pic.twitter.com/Nv0y4NarTD
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) July 30, 2021
This pick came as a surprise with Primo not being talked about leading up to the draft.
He was not on the radar for most teams, and definitely not for the media.
The biggest reason why he was selected was that Primo is 18 years old and won’t turn 19 until December.
Primo is a huge project that is not NBA-ready.
That is why it was a surprise for him to go 12th.
Why didn’t the Spurs trade back?
Did they need to take this chance?
The Spurs might have made a huge blunder.
2. Philadelphia 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers need to fix something.
After a successful regular season, they choked in the second-round of the playoffs.
That fix is most likely trading Ben Simmons.
Trading him during, or before, the draft would have been the best-case scenario.
However, that was not done.
That is not a big problem.
The major issue is the price that the 76ers are asking for.
We already have seen one trade offer that was out there and it was alarming.
76ers are asking the Warriors for Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman, No. 7 and No. 14 picks and two future first round picks in a Ben Simmons trade, per @PompeyOnSixers
Warriors declined that offer. pic.twitter.com/nkHJi363tN
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 29, 2021
The 76ers see him as a generational piece that should garner a James Harden type of deal.
However, we watched the playoffs and Simmons was a trainwreck.
They need to get rid of him in order to succeed.
Draft night was the perfect opportunity, but they did not make the move.
1. Golden State Warriors
We all remember the Golden State Warriors dynasty.
It seems like it was so long ago, but it was only three years ago.
However, the Warriors organization are used to the NBA Finals.
It has been three years since their last Finals appearance.
The Warriors are desperate to get back to their glory years.
We assumed that the Warriors would use their two picks, No. 7 and No. 14, to trade for another star.
That was what the rumors kept on telling us.
The owner, Joe Lacob, claimed that he does not need to add another star.
Joe Lacob lets everybody know that Warriors Nation has no plans of trading for another star anytime soon. 😤 pic.twitter.com/dCxMN2zisX
— Warriors Nation (@WarriorNationCP) July 31, 2021
He believes that the Warriors can be set up for the present and the future.
That might be true, but Stephen Curry is getting older.
Why not make another couple-year run for the title once again?
The Warriors were supposed to use this draft to ensure another run for Curry.
Instead, the Warriors are prioritizing the future when the present is still bright.