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Top Ten Golden State Warriors of All-Time

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We’ve hit the dog days of the NBA summer.  All the big name free agents have been snatched up.  Summer league is over.  Training camps are still months away.  So, now is the perfect time to reminisce a bit.  The Hoops Manifesto has gathered together a stellar collection of Bloguin basketball writers to determine the top ten players all-time for each of the 30 NBA franchises.  Next up: the Golden State Warriors (nee Philadelphia & San Francisco Warriors).

 

Voting panel: Jeff Fox from The Hoops Manifesto, College Wolf from the TWolves Blog, Don from With Malice, Philip from Orlando Magic Daily and Diego from Leaving It All On The Court.

10) Baron Davis – Golden State Warriors – 2005 – 2008

Warriors accomplishments:

- led NBA in games played in 2007/08
- led NBA in steals per game in 2006/07

“B-Diddy fit right in with Don Nelson’s run-and-gun offense and led his eighth-seeded team to an electrifying playoff series victory over the 67-win Dallas Mavericks during the 2006-07 season. He made acrobatic layups, clutch shots and powerful dunks (sorry, Andrei Kirilenko).” – Diego Quezada

9) Tim Hardaway – Golden State Warriors – 1989 – 1993, 1994 – 1996

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Warriors accomplishments:

- NBA leader in games played in 1990/91
- tenth all-time in three-pointers made in the NBA
- fourth all-time in three-pointers attempted in the NBA
- three-time NBA All-Star
- NBA All-Rookie Team
- two-time All-NBA selection

“The leader of Run TMC, Tim Hardaway used his killer crossover and deadly outside shot to become one of the best point guards of his era.  And, luckily, none of his teammates were gay.” – Jeff Fox

8) Joe Fulks – Philadelphia Warriors – 1946 – 1954

Warriors accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- member of the 1946/47 Warriors BAA championship team
- BAA leader in field goals made in 1946/47
- BAA leader in field goals attempted in 1946/47, 1947/48 & 1948/49
- BAA leader in free throws made in 1946/47 & 1947/48
- BAA leader in free throws attempted in 1946/47
- NBA leader in free throw % in 1950/51
- BAA leader in points in 1946/47
- BAA leader in points per game in 1946/47 & 1947/48
- two-time NBA All-Star
- three-time All-BAA selection
- one-time All-NBA selection

“A great pure scorer, Fulks averaged more than 20 points per game in a basketball era without a shot clock. He even scored 63 points in one game – amazing even by today’s standards – which was the highest single-game outburst until Elgin Baylor broke it 10 years later.” – Diego Quezada 

“”Jumpin’ Joe Fulks” played before the introduction of the shot clock – it was a time where the games were slow, and the scores were low. Even so, Fulks managed to average nearly 24 ppg – an amazing effort given most teams didn’t score 80 points per game. An incredible athlete with a phenomenal jump, Joe Fulks was one of the first players in the Hall of Fame.” – Don

7) Robert Parish – Golden State Warriors – 1976 – 1980

Warriors accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame

“He will be known for his Celtic days, but Parrish began his NBA career with Golden State. He developed his offensive game -particularly his high-arcing jump-shot – with the Warriors and went on to become a Hall-of-Fame player.” – Diego Quezada

“Despite going for 17 points, 12 boards and 17 points, 11 boards in his last two seasons in the Bay Area, the Warriors thought it was wise to trade Parish to Boston.  Who did they get in return for a future Hall-of-Famer in his prime? Rickey Brown and Joe Barry Carroll.  Oh, and did I mention they also traded a draft pick to Boston, too.  He turned out to be Kevin McHale.” – Jeff Fox

6) Neil Johnston – Philadelphia Warriors – 1951 – 1959

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Warriors accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- member of 1955/56 Warriors NBA championship team
- NBA leader in minutes played in 1952/53 & 1953/54
- NBA leader in field goals made in 1952/53 & 1953/54
- NBA leader in field goals attempted in 1953/54
- NBA leader in field goal % in 1952/53, 1955/56 & 1956/57
- NBA leader in free throws (made & attempted) in 1952/53, 1953/54 & 1954/55
- NBA leader in total rebounds in 1954/55
- NBA leader in points in 1952/53, 1953/54 & 1954/55
- NBA leader in minutes per game in 1952/53 & 1953/54
- NBA leader in rebounds per game in 1954/55
- NBA leader in points per game in 1952/53, 1953/54 & 1954/55
- six-time NBA All-Star
- five-time All-NBA selection

“Johnston led the league in scoring for three consecutive seasons and was a key part of the Warriors’ title in 1956. He was also one of the first big men to incorporate a hook shot into his game.” – Diego Quezada

5) Chris Mullin – Golden State Warriors – 1985 – 1997, 2000 – 2001

Warriors accomplishments:

- Warriors all-time leader in games played & steals
- NBA leader in games played in 1986/87, 1988/89 & 1990/91
- NBA leader in minutes played in 1990/91 & 1991/92
- NBA leader in minutes per game in 1990/91 & 1991/92
- five-time NBA All-Star
- four-time All-NBA selection

“There are not many Golden State lifers. Wilt Chamberlain wanted out when the team moved to San Francisco. Rick Barry held the team hostage and left for the ABA. Latrell Sprewell choked his way out of town. Baron Davis left for more money… to the Clippers. So, Chris Mullin (and Nate Thurmond and Don Nelson) might be as close as you get to a Warriors lifer. He was a pretty good player too. The 1992 Dream Team member (bet you didn’t remember that) played 12 years with Golden State and had six seasons where he scored more than 20 points. He was the constant face of the team throughout the 1990s and honestly, when I think Golden State Warriors, I think Chris Mullin.” – Philip

4) Nate Thurmond – San Francisco/Golden State Warriors – 1963 – 1974

Warriors accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- jersey number (42) retired by the Warriors
- Warriors all-time leader in minutes played & total rebounds
- eighth all-time in total rebounds in the NBA
- fifth all-time in rebounds per game in the NBA
- seven-time NBA All-Star
- NBA All-Rookie Team
- five-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection

“Nate the Great (I’m not talking about Nate Robinson) formed a powerful front-line with Chamberlain and came into his own when Chamberlain went to the 76ers. He had all the tools of a great big man: he could rebound (averaged 20+ rebounds from 1966-68), defend, pass and set killer screens.” – Diego Quezada

“”Nate the Great” started as Wilt Chamberlain’s back up, but quickly graduated to playing alongside the Dipper, and immediately impacted games with 16.5 points and 18.1 rebound average.  A Hall-of-Famer, Thurmond was the first player ever to record a quadruple-double.” – Don

3) Paul Arizin – Philadelphia Warriors – 1950 – 1952, 1954 – 1962

Warriors accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- member of the 1955/56 Warriors NBA championship team
- Warriors all-time leader in free throws made
- NBA leader in games played in 1951/52 & 1960/61
- NBA leader in minutes played in 1951/52 & 1954/55
- NBA leader in field goals made in 1951/52, 1954/55 & 1956/57
- NBA leader in field goals attempted in 1954/55
- NBA leader in field goal % in 1951/52
- NBA leader in free throws made in 1951/52
- NBA leader in free throws attempted in 1951/52 & 1956/57
- NBA leader in points in 1951/52 & 1956/57
- NBA leader in minutes per game in 1951/52 & 1954/55
- NBA leader in points per game in 1951/52 & 1956/57
- 10-time NBA All-Star
- four-time All-NBA selection

“Here is a little-known fact. Who was the second-best player on Wilt Chamberlain’s team? Did you know he was a Hall of Famer? Well, you already know who I am talking about. So let Arizin’s numbers speak for themselves. He averaged 22.8 points nd 8.6 rebounds per game in 12 seasons with the Philadelphia Warriors. Pretty good numbers, even in a souped up era. And you had probably never heard of him before.” – Philip

“Definitely one of the shining lights of what was the golden age for the Warriors franchise.  Arizin lost two seasons in his prime due to service in the Korean War, but still ranks in the scoring top 25 of all-time.” – Don

2) Rick Barry – San Francisco/Golden State Warriors – 1965 – 1967, 1972 – 1978

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Warriors accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- jersey number (24) retired by the Warriors
- member of 1974/75 Warriors NBA championship team
- NBA Finals MVP
- Warriors all-time leader in field goals attempted
- third all-time in free throw % in the NBA
- NBA leader in games played in 1965/66 & 1972/73
- NBA leader in field goals (made & attempted) in 1966/67
- NBA leader in field goals attempted in 1974/75
- NBA leader in free throws made in 1966/67
- NBA leader in free throw % in 1972/73, 1974/75, 1975/76 & 1977/78
- NBA leader in steals in 1974/75
- NBA leader in points in 1966/67
- NBA leader in steals per game in 1975/75
- NBA leader in points per game in 1966/67
- eight-time NBA All-Star
- NBA Rookie of the Year

“One of the greatest small forwards in NBA history, Rick Barry was the Finals MVP for the Warriors’ second title in 1975. He had a smooth jumper, great court vision and played great team defense. He was much more than the underhanded free throw shooter.” – Diego Quezada

“If you believe Bill Simmons in the Book of Basketball, you would know Barry was not exactly liked by his contemporaries. He did hold Golden State hostage and leave for the ABA when he did not get what he wanted. It did not matter. He won a championship in the Bay Area for the Warriors and that counts for something. Not only that, he was a good player – attitude and demeanor aside. Plus, those free throws. That gets you bonus points.” – Philip

1) Wilt Chamberlain – Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors – 1959 – 1965

- basketball Hall of Fame
- Warriors all-time leader in field goals made, free throws attempted and points
- fourth all-time in minutes played in the NBA
- third all-time in field goals made in the NBA
- sixth all-time in field goals attempted in the NBA
- second all-time in free throws attempted in the NBA
- first all-time in total rebounds in the NBA
- fourth all-time in points in the NBA
- first all-time in minutes per game in the NBA
- second all-time in points per game in the NBA
- first all-time in rebounds per game in the NBA
- NBA leader in games played in 1960/61, 1961/62 & 1962/63
- NBA leader in minutes played in 1959/60, 1960/61, 1961/62, 1962/63 & 1963/64
- NBA leader in field goals (made & attempted) in 1959/60, 1960/61, 1961/62, 1962/63, 1963/64 & 1964/65
- NBA leader in field goal % in 1960/61, 1962/63 & 1964/65
- NBA leader in free throws attempted in 1959/60, 1960/61, 1961/62, 1962/63, 1963/64 & 1964/65
- NBA leader in rebounds in 1959/60, 1960/61, 1961/62 & 1962/63
- NBA leader in points in 1959/60, 1960/61, 1961/62, 1962/63, 1963/64 & 1964/65
- NBA leader in minutes per game in 1959/60, 1960/61, 1961/62, 1962/63 & 1963/64
- NBA leader in rebounds per game in 1959/60, 1960/61, 1961/62 & 1962/63
- NBA leader in points per game in 1959/60, 1960/61, 1961/62, 1962/63, 1963/64 & 1964/65
- six-time NBA All-Star
- NBA MVP
- NBA Rookie of the Year
- six-time All-NBA selection

“Wilt the Stilt might be the exact opposite of what you want as a winner. He focused too much on stats and put up prolific numbers that will never be seen again. That is enough to always put him at the top of the list despite his lack of championship pedigree.” – Philip

“Few #1s are this easy. For a team with so many historically great players as the Warriors, the Big Dipper is head and shoulders above his peers at this franchise. Forget the Warriors, no one in basketball has had quite the impact that Wilt had. No one. Described as “scary, flat-out frightening…” by reporters of the time, Chamberlain changed history time and time again in his time at the Warriors. His list of achievements is absolutely too long to list, suffice to say that there isn’t an NBA player who comes remotely close. If he were a character in a movie, we’d dismiss him as being to unrealistic. The man was – quite literally – larger than life.” – Don

Previous franchises done: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit.

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