The Golden State Warriors will have a major presence in the upcoming the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies (September 6-9, 2012) as three out of the four nominees spent a significant portion of their career with the Dubs.
Jamaal Wilkes, Ralph Sampson and Don Nelson will take their place in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
As the players and coach were valuable enough to make it to the Hall, will they make it in to the Warriors All-Hall starting five?
Let’s take a closer look:
“Jumpin’ Joe” Fulks was one the early stars of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), the precursor to today’s NBA.
He was a scoring machine and was the first player to reach 1,000 points in a career. Fulks has to slide over to the point, since the Dubs don’t have a true point guard in the Hall.
Fulks played for the Philadelphia version of the Dubs from 1946-1949 in the BAA before the team was incorporated into the NBA. His career spanned another five years until he retired after the 1953-54 season.
He netted a career-high 63 points on February 10, 1949—this at a time when most teams barely hit the 70-point mark. He averaged 23.9 PPG in his first three years and 16.4 PPG for his career.
Fulks was known for his jump shot and his ability to drive to the basket.
He was selected to the NBA 25th Anniversary Team and was a two-time NBA All-Star.
Chris Mullin was dominant as a Warrior.
Mullin was the first of the "Run-TMC" trio to join the Warriors. Drafted in the first round out of St. Johns in 1985, he started out as a shooting guard alongside Eric “Sleepy” Floyd. Following his first two NBA seasons, Mullin was moved to small forward after Don Nelson took over the team as head coach.
Mullin averaged over 25 PPG for five consecutive seasons from 1988 through 1993. As a result, the Dubs made four playoff appearances during that time frame. Mullin also made the 1992 Olympic “Dream Team” thanks to his consistent All-Star caliber play.
Mullin is probably best remembered for teaming up with Mitch Richmond and Tim Hardaway during the “Run-TMC” days. For his career, Mullin averaged 18.2 PPG, 3.5 APG and 4.1 RPG, solidifying his position as one of the better all-around players in NBA history.
Known for his exemplary work ethic, Mullin played hard and set the Warriors' franchise record for most games played.
Rick Barry had a fiery personality and made sure he expressed it on the court. Barry was almost unstoppable on offense and brought the Warriors their only NBA championship.
Barry was also famous for his eccentric free-throw shooting style, in which he shot the ball underhanded. That style netted him a career 89.3 free-throw percentage and allowed him to shoot over 90 percent in each of his last six years in the NBA.
Barry’s name appears near the top of almost every all-time offensive category. He averaged over 30 PPG four times, made 12 All-Star teams and finished his career with over 25,000 points.
Barry was known for being a complete player, as he could shoot, move without the ball and defend.
Nate “The Great” was mostly known for his aggressive rebounding and shot-blocking.
He made his presence felt in the lane, both by himself and alongside center Wilt Chamberlain. Thurmond stood strong in his “The City” jersey in his time with the Dubs.
Thurmond averaged 15 PPG, 15 RPG and 2.1 BPG during his career and was named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Thurmond was an NBA All-Star for seven of his seasons.
Thurmond still holds the record with 18 rebounds in one quarter. On top of that, Thurmond had the first NBA quadruple-double. He was known as a great passing big man and was one of the best screen-setters of all time.
Wilt “The Stilt” (also known as "The Big Dipper") was one of the most dominant centers in NBA history. He is the only player to ever score 100 points in a game. He made 13 appearances in the NBA All-Star game and won four NBA MVP awards.
Wilt’s career stat line speaks for itself: 30.1 PPG, 22.9 RPG and 4.4 APG.
He was a man amongst boys most nights and, in 1962, became the only player ever to score over 4,000 points in one season. That season he averaged a measly 50.4 PPG and 25.7 RPG.
Wilt had an awe-inspiring presence on the floor every night as he was a seven-time league scoring champion and an eleven-time rebounding champion.
He is also the Dubs all-time leading scorer.