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Greatest Golden State Warriors of All-Time

The NBA has proven that basketball is a team game.  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 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 from star players on a mission.  LeBron James of the Cavaliers single-handedly snubbed the championship from this Warriors team with an aggressive and superb display of wit, genius, and stamina. One of the reasons the Golden State Warriors have been able to stay on top of the basketball world over the years 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 ball in the hoop. He averaged an impressive 19.8 points for the games he played for the Warriors over a period of six seasons. Part of his individual brilliance was the influence he had on his teammates. He was a distributor who got guys involved on the offensive side of the floor. He had an average of 9.3 assists per game for his Warriors career.

5. Mitch Richmond

One of the best picks that Golden State ever made was in the 1998 draft when they took in this guy with their fifth overall pick. He went on to play three seasons for the team and averaged an excellent 22.7 points per contest. Mitch Richmond certainly earned his spot at the hall of fame during his stay at Bay Area with his sensational shooting, but he also pulled an average 5.5 rebounds and shot 84% from the charity stripe. How about that?

4. Chris Mullin

He played for the Warriors for 13 seasons. 13 years is a long time for an NBA player.  Lucky for the Warriors, Chris Mullin was not just anyone. He was a guy who could put up 20+ points for the team every time he stepped on the court. He could shoot lights out from long range, and was an excellent passer of the basketball. He remains to be one of the best players ever to wear the Warriors’ uniform.

3. Stephen Curry

Curry is the only player on this list that is still on the roster.  He has incredible handles; his dribbling is off the charts, and his shooting has changed the game. He scored an average of 30.1 points per game during the 2014-2015 season and led Golden State to an NBA title. He’s also a big reason Vegas has the team favored to win it all again in 2017.  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.

5 Ways the Warriors Have Gotten Worse This Season

The Golden State Warriors made the free agent signing of the summer by nabbing Kevin Durant, but is it possible that adding another Hall-of-Famer to the roster would make them worse?  Just look at the Lakers about 15 years ago when they added Karl Malone and Gary Payton to their core of Shaquille O’Neill and Kobe Bryant.  Let’s take a look at five ways the Warriors might not be as good as they were the last two years.

#1: Stephen Curry Is No Longer The MVP

Stephen Curry will spend quite a lot of time deferring to KD even though Curry is the MVP, the top point guard in the league, and the best shooter in history. The Lakers had trouble moving the ball around to their four hall of famers.  Thus, Kobe Bryant didn’t see the ball enough times.  The Warriors are doing the same with Stephen Curry. Durant may be great, but he is in the way.

#2: Defense Is Stalling

Draymon Green is the reigning defensive player of the year, but he is now leading a team that will be weaker on that side of the floor. Durant is not an elite defender, and his presence on the court limits what Green can do. Green must be allowed to marshal the court on defense in a way that the Pistons of the 80s once did.  Plus, teams who struggle to stop opponents are too susceptible to their shots falling to win on a nightly basis.

#3: Klay Thompson Has No Room To Play

Klay is the Scottie Pippen to Curry’s Jordan, and he is capable of scoring 50 points in a game when Stephen is having an off night.  Klay would be a superstar on any other team. He will turn out to be one of the greatest shooters in history, but he is stifled on a team that must allow Durant to score. Durant is taking shots from a man who is more than capable of playing his position, and the ball simply cannot make it around to each of them often enough.

#4: Luke Walton Is Not On The Bench

Luke Walton was the top assistant in the league but not he’s with the Lakers as their head coach. He helped bridge the gap between Steve Kerr and the young players. He is a man of wisdom like his father Bill, and he knows how to win. The loss of Walton is felt every day as the Warrior do not have another strong voice on the bench. He may not be viewed as a necessity, but he will be missed when the team plays poorly.

#5: The Team Is Strained Over Salary

Spending money ruins relationships in the NBA, and Kevin Durant’s contract is a problem in the Golden State locker room. No one has spoken out about the money Durant makes, but it is impossible to pay everyone when there are four potential hall of famers on the same roster. Durant expects to be paid later in his career, and Curry is paid as the MVP should be. Klay Thompson expects to have his due, and Draymon Green will expect his own payday before long. The team has money, but players are humans. Humans become insecure, and insecurity may rip the team apart.

The Warriors may win a title after figuring out how to play as a group, but recent history shows that having superstars all on the same team may turn out badly. Kevin Durant needs the ball, but Stephen Curry needs the ball, too. The two men must find a way to play together if they wish to win games. There is no chance of winning 73, but they may learn a new system that honors each of them in kind.