All-time Golden State Warriors Team

Golden State Warriors

A Facebook buddy threw out his all-time Lakers team which prompted his friends who were Warriors fans to try and put theirs together.

A lot of these new Warriors fans didn’t seem to know a lot about the history of the organization, so I decided to take 30 minutes to do some research to try and put together an all-time team.

I made sure to put some parameters on this list.

1. I could only use players from the San Francisco/Golden State era. Wilt Chamberlain is the greatest player in the Philadelphia Warriors era (1946-1962), but he only played for the San Francisco team for two and a half seasons.

2. The player had to play at least four years with the team for my consideration. That rules out Mitch Richmond who only played for three seasons with the Warriors, but allows Robert Parish who played four. It also disallows Andrew Bogut and Andre Iguodala who would clearly be on the all-time team if you could include them. If I didn’t do that, Bernard King, Jamaal Wilkes, and Ralph Sampson could be considered, and they had more memorable runs with other teams. It also disqualifies Baron Davis who played three years and change with the Warriors.

But it allows me to post this.

3. Lastly, I’m not changing anyone’s position to fit someone else in. Lakers fans want to start Shaq, Wilt, and Kareem in their all-time front court. That ain’t happenin’ captain.

The hardest part about putting this list together is that I didn’t start watching the Warriors until 1983. But, thanks to Basketball-Reference, my own reading of media guides, my dad’s memory, and Jim Barnett (you’ll see), here’s the list.

Point Guard

The Warriors have had some stellar point guards. One of them has his own game and he’s not even the second best in team history. Just type my man’s name into Google and the game is the second entry.

all-time Golden State Warriors

Another’s trademark move has it’s own YouTube video from the NBA.

The pick: Steph Curry

The next step for Curry is to take the Warriors beyond the second round of the playoffs and hopefully deeper. He’s currently one of the top 5 players in the game, which isn’t something Hardaway or Floyd were able to say.

Shooting Guard

Because of how he left the team, it was easy to forget how good Latrell Sprewell was. I remember the Slam article before Hardaway and Sprewell hated each other, where Hardaway called Sprewell Mike (as in Jordan), with smaller hands. And while Sprewell wasn’t that, he was athletic, smart defensively, and had that quiet, yet violent way of playing that hyped you up as a fan.

I don’t know too much about Jeff Mullins except what my dad told me about him. Jim Barnett also had a lot of good things to say about Mullins when I had the opportunity to chat with him. Mullins was a great scorer and when Barry left for the ABA, he and Nate Thurmond led the team offensively.

Jason Richardson is in the argument as well. I think he’s slightly underrated because of how remembered he is as a dunker, but he was the Warriors’ best player in some futile years.

Monta Ellis and Phil Smith are sort of in the argument, but I don’t think they have strong cases.

The pick: Klay Thompson

He’s the real deal as a shooter and defender and in his four seasons with the Warriors (counting this year), he’ll be in the playoff for three of those years.

Plus, this is what Jim Barnett said and he played with Mullins.

Small Forward

This is the easiest of all.

The pick: Rick Barry

Barry is probably one of the 25 greatest players of all-time. He was also the best player on the Warriors’ lone championship team.

Chris Mullin was an excellent player for the team, but he’s not in Barry’s class.

Power Forward

This one is tough. The Warriors’ franchise never really had a great power forward. Chris Webber was supposed to be that guy until he finagled his way out of the Bay Area. Many people remember Mr. Mean Larry Smith who was a rebounding machine. Antawn Jamison was more small forward than power forward. You could slide Clyde Lee to power forward since he played both power forward and center. And well, um, David Lee?

The pick: Tom Meschery.

I don’t think most Warriors fans even know a lot about Meschery. His numbers were more consistent than gaudy, but his prime was in the early the mid 1960s when the game was much different. His number is also retired by the Warriors.

Center

Center position wasn’t quite as easy as small forward, but it was still an easy pick. While Robert Parrish had four good seasons with the Warriors, he didn’t come into his prime until they traded him away to the Celtics.

The pick: Nate Thurmond

He averaged 20 rebounds a game three times in his career and had two seasons where he was a 20/20 guy. It’s a shame that he didn’t stick around with the Warriors for their championship season as he was traded for Clifford Ray before the season. But, he’s the pick.

Steph, Klay, Barry, Meschery, and Thurmond are the starters.

Bench

all-time Golden State WarriorsJeff Mullins (SG)
Latrell Sprewell (SG)
Chris Mullin (SF)
Tim Hardaway (PG)
Robert Parish (C)
Jason Richardson (SG)
David Lee (PF)
Sleepy Floyd (PG/SG)
Antawn Jamison (SF/PF)
Clyde Lee (PF/C)

The Warriors are stacked at guard so Hardaway, Floyd, Mullins, Sprewell, and Richardson all made the top 15. Chris Mullin, David Lee, Antawn Jamison, and Clyde Lee all make the team as forwards. And Robert Parish is the backup center.

Who was left out? Phil Smith (SG), Monta Ellis (SG), Joe Barry Carroll (aka Joe Barely Cares), Purvis Short (SF), Clifford Ray (C) and Larry Smith (PF) just missed out on the 15-man roster.

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