The NBA games have through the years proved that basketball is a team game and that the most reliable teams that seldom miss out the playoffs display flawless teamwork. The Golden State Warriors have remained consistently good at showing exemplary teamwork over the previous three seasons. It has had impeccable players, especially over the last season which saw them set an all NBA record of 73 wins. However, it became clear through the finals that even a history of excellence and teamwork can sometimes succumb to phenomenal individual performances of star players who put up spirited spirits. LeBron James of the Cavaliers single-handedly snubbed the championship from this team with an aggressive and superb display of wit, genius, and stamina. One of the reasons the Golden State Warriors have scaled and stayed on top of the basketball over the decades is because it has also enjoyed the services of such superb individual players as well. Below is a breakdown of some of the greatest Golden state warriors of all time.
6. Tim Hardaway
This guy is famous for two things:
• His sweet handles
• His phenomenal crossovers
This point guard could and did repeatedly decimate the defenses of any opponent team and put the basketball in their basket. He averaged an overwhelmingly impressive 19.8 points for the games he played for the Warriors over a stretched period of six seasons. Part of his individual brilliance was the influence he had on his teammates. He could spur the whole team from resigned attitudes to very spirited fights that saw them overturn many losing trends to wins. He had an average of 9.3 assists per game for all his six seasons.
5. Mitch Richmond
One of the best drafts the Golden States ever made was the 1998 draft when they took in this guy by using up their fifth overall pick. He went on to grace three seasons for the team and averaged an excellent 22.7 points for all the games he ever played for the Warriors. Mitch Richmond certainly earned his spot at the hall of fame during his stay at Bay Area with his sensational shooting. He pulled an average 5.5 rebounds every night he stepped on the court and an 84 percentage from charity stripes. How about that?
4. Chris Mullin
He played for the Warriors for 13 seasons. 13 years is a long time for a big team like the Golden State Warriors to let anyone step on their court almost every time they played. Lucky for them, Chris Mullin was not just anyone. He is the guy who scored a roundup of 20 points for the team every time he stepped on the court. He was the same guy who made some of the most accurate beyond the arc shots in his first five seasons for the Warriors. He remains to be one of the best players ever to wear the Warriors’ uniform in all time.
3. Stephen Curry
Curry is still on the basketball court busting a sweat every time the Golden State Warriors. He is still devastating the team’s opponents with his incredible handles; his dribbling is off the charts, and the athlete is scoring IQ points that haven’t been paralleled yet. His shooting has been the main reason he has scored an average of 30.1 points during the 2014-2015 season. Stephen Curry is simply a player that Bay Area will miss when he retires.
2. Rick Barry
Three phrases can describe his eight seasons at Bay Area:
• 25.6 points and 5.1 assist average
• 89.6 percent accuracy on free throws
• Sensational and indispensable
1. Wilt Chamberlain
He played six seasons for the Warriors, and no words can explain why he is the best of the best. He just has the edge over everyone else on this list.