Thought I'd resurrect this post, as Barnes, Green, and Ezeli are about 3 years in and will be due for contract extensions shortly. Interesting to see what everybody had to say...
With Bogut's slight decline and the acquisition of Iguodala, it might be easy to say that 8th was right about us taking Drummond (whose blossomed into a monster this season) over Barnes, but I think that's low-hanging fruit at this point. There were several factors at play back in 2012: the Warriors didn't have a serviceable SF when they drafted Barnes, they were getting by on a platoon of old man Jefferson and D-Leaguer McGuire, while Bogut had yet to suit up for them yet, so many were still betting on him being the center of the future in GS. At the time, the pick of Barnes seemed logical and he was definitely the BPA out of the gate (Drummond, as everyone expected, took a couple seasons before he fully developed). For what it's worth, if we had to do it all over again - with hindsight bias - I'd probably agree with 8th in that we've should've taken Drummond. But that opens up a whole other can of worms: if we trade Bogut to develop Drummond, does Iguodala still sign with us since we don't beat Denver via that MONSTER series from Bogut? Does Draymond Green develop into the elite defender he is without a guy like Bogut teaching him to LOVE playing that side of the floor? Do the Warriors find a taker for Biedrins and Jefferson's contract? Sure, with the roster as it is now, I'd trade Barnes for Drummond... but it's definitely not that simple. Lotta other dominoes would fall if we went that route.
For what it's worth, I think I was SPOT-the hell-ON in my scouting reports of the 2012 draft class. I didn't think Barnes had the Pekovic jam in him back then, but I pretty much nailed the rest of the traits these guys are known for.
This thread makes me realize that Blackfoot and 8th are pretty much gone from this place now. That's a shame, as they both brought a ton of insight to the table and I believe they were 2 of the stronger posters we had.