While it’s almost always true that substance trumps style when it comes to winning games in the NBA, for a lot of teams, style is the only option.
That’s certainly been the case for the Golden State Warriors over the past 20 years or so. Without any real direction or cohesive plan to succeed, the Dubs of the last couple decades relied on gimmicky offenses, guard-heavy rosters, iffy character risks and showmanship.
Predictably, none of those things end up on the list of “items required to win basketball games.” But they sure do make for an entertaining product. And of course, the most important ingredient to an entertaining, but ultimately go-nowhere basketball experience is the dunk.
The Warriors’ history is rife with dunkers. Some were pioneers, like Wilt Chamberlain. And others were chronically overrated like Mitch Richmond, who could barely dunk at all. Neither of those two historically revered Warriors will make this list, though.
The criteria here are simple: To make the cut, the dunker must either have a lengthy body of dunking work as a Warrior or at least one uniquely memorable mash. Dunk-contest-only dunkers who never did anything memorable in games are excluded. Sorry, Nate Robinson.
Above all, the dunker must have style.
Let’s check out the top five throw-down artists in Golden State Warriors history.