Warriors Franchise All-Time Lineup (Starters and Bench)
The Warriors franchise has found its way through Philadelphia, San Francisco, and finally, Oakland, where the team has been since 1971.
The franchise has been around since the 1949-1950 season, and prior to joining the NBA, the franchise was part of the BAA. Also, there have been 25 playoff appearances for the franchise and two titles, one in 1956 and the other in 1975.
It's time to take a look at the all-time lineup of the Warriors franchise, including the bench.
Center: Joe Barry Carroll, 1980-1981 and 1987-1988
Carroll wasn't a dominating rebounder, but he could score the basketball. In franchise history, he ranks second in blocks, third in defensive rebounds, seventh in blocks per game, eighth in points per game, eighth in field goals, eighth in free throws attempted, ninth in points, ninth in field goals attempted, 10th in free throws, and 10th in steals.
Accolades include twice being in the top 10 in blocks and being selected to the First Team All-Rookie.
Carroll played college ball at Purdue.
Power Forward: Troy Murphy, 2001-2006
In terms of power forwards, the franchise hasn't been blessed with too many that stuck around or were able to put up big time numbers. They've had a guy like Larry Smith, who was an excellent rebounder but who wasn't much on the offensive end.
So, there's only going to be two power forwards, one on the bench and one starting. Troy Murphy came to the Warriors and was impressive in his limited time and when he could stay healthy.
His knack was for defensive rebounds, and he ranks fifth all-time in the franchise's history. Murphy didn't really do much on the offensive glass because he was more of an outside threat than an inside one.
Twice, Murphy was among the top 10 in rebounds per game.
For his career, he averaged 11.2 points and 8.2 rebounds with the Warriors. He was traded after playing in 26 games for the Warriors in the 2006-2007 season.
Murphy's best season came in 2004-2005. He averaged 15.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists, .8 steals, .5 blocks, shot 41.4 percent from the field, 39.9 percent from three, and 73 percent from the free throw line.
He played college ball at Notre Dame.
Small Forward: Paul Arizin, 1950-1951 and 1961-1962
Arizin played his entire career with the Warriors franchise. He's first in free throws made, first in free throws attempted, third in points, third in minutes played, third in field goals attempted, fourth in points per game, fourth in games played, fourth in field goals made, fifth in total rebounds, fifth in minutes per game, and was a member of the 1956 championship team.
His accolades are a three-time All-NBA First team selection and one Second Team All-NBA selection.
In Arizin's second year with the team, he had the best season of his career. He averaged 25.4 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 2.6 assists. He led the league in scoring, free throws made and attempted, field goal percentage, field goals, games played, and minutes.
Villanova is where he played his college ball and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978.
Shooting Guard: Jason Richardson, 2001-2002 and 2006-2007
Jason Richardson was traded away after the 2006-2007 season after the Warriors made an impressive playoff run. He was traded for Brandan Wright, a trade that was very unpopular to Warriors fans.
There's still hope that one day he'll return to the franchise where he started his career. With the Warriors he was a tremendous dunker and turned into a solid three-point shooter as well.
But Richardson will best be known for his dunking ability. He won the Slam Dunk championship twice.
With the Warriors, he is first in three-point field goals made and attempted, and ninth in steals.
The best season for Richardson came in 2005-2006, where he averaged 23.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals, .5 blocks, on 44.6 percent shooting, 38.4 percent from three, and 67.3 percent from the free throw line.
Richardson played college ball at Michigan State.
One of the most memorable plays of Richardson's was in the playoffs against Dallas when it looked like Devin Harris of the Mavericks had an easy layup. Here's a link to the play:
Point Guard: Guy Rodgers, 1958-1959 and 1965-1966
Guy Rodgers is the all-time assist man in Warriors franchise history with 4,855. His scoring numbers aren't all that impressive, with an average of 12.8 points, but he was consistently among the league leaders in assists and assists per game.
He's second in franchise history in assists per game and 10th in games played. For Rodgers, his best season came in 1962-1963, when he averaged 13.9 points, 10.4 assists, 5 rebounds, on 38.7 percent shooting, and 72.7 percent from the free throw line.
Rodgers played college ball at Temple University.
Center: Neil Johnston, 1951-1952 and 1958-1959
Johnston played eight seasons for the Warriors franchise. He was a 6'8" center and presently is the sixth leading rebounder in Warriors history.
He led the NBA once in rebounding in the 1954-1955 season, when he grabbed 1,085 rebounds. Other highlights for Johnston include being inducted in to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990, leading the league in free throws made and free throws attempted three times, three times leading the league in field goal percentage, twice leading the league in field goals made, twice leading the league in minutes, and once leading the league in field goals attempted.
His career averages were: 19.4 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, on 44.4 percent shooting, and 76.8 percent from the free throw line.
As for Johnston's best season, that was in 1954-1955, where he averaged 22.7 points, 15.1 rebounds, 3 assists, on 44 percent shooting, and 76.6 percent from the free throw line.
Four All-NBA First Team selections and one Second Team All-NBA selections, and being apart of the 1956 championship team.
Johnston went to college at Ohio State University.
Shooting Guard: Latrell Sprewell, 1992-1993 and 1997-1998
Sprewell ran himself from the Warriors franchise after P.J. Carleismo, who was one of the worst coaches that the NBA has ever seen. With that being said, before the incident with Carleismo, Sprewell was one of the better scorers in the NBA and was also a tremendous defender.
In terms of where Sprewell ranks: third in minutes per game, third in three-point field goals attempted, fourth in three-point field goals made, fifth in steals, fifth in steals per game, and 10th in assists.
Accolades include a Second Team All-Rookie selection, First Team All-NBA selection, and a Second Team All-NBA selection.
Best season for Sprewell came in 1996-1997, when Sprewell averaged 24.2 points, 6.3 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals, .6 blocks, on 44.9 percent shooting, 35.4 percent from three, and 84.3 percent from the free throw line.
Sprewell played college ball at Alabama.
Starting Point Guard: Tim Hardaway, 1989-1990 and 1995-1996
Tim Hardaway was one of the most electric point guards while with the Warriors. His crossover will go down as one of the greatest moves in NBA history.
Besides Hardaway's ability to handle the ball, he was also a tremendous scorer as well.
His ranks in the franchise history: first in assists per game, second in assists, second in three pointers made, second in three pointers attempted, third in steals, third in steals per game, ninth in minutes per game, 10th in field goals made, and 10th in points.
Hardaway's accolades are a All-Rookie First Team selection, a Second Team All-NBA selection, and a Third Team All-NBA selection.
His best season came in 1991-1992 in which Hardaway averaged 23.4 points, 10 assists, 3.8 rebounds, two steals on 46.1 percent shooting, 33.8 percent from three, and 76.6 percent from the free throw line.
College ball was played at the University of Texas El-Paso.
Starting Shooting Guard: Rick Barry, Two Stints with Franchise
Barry was an excellent all-around player. Could score, pass, rebound, and defend. He was one of the greatest players in Warriors franchise history. He played with the team in two stints, one from 1965-1967 and 1972-1973 to 1977-1978.
His rankings are: first in steals per game, first in field goals attempted, first in free throw percentage, second in points, second in points per game, second in free throws, second in field goals made, second in steals, third in assists, fourth in minutes played, fifth in free throws goals attempted, sixth in games, seventh in total rebounds, and ninth in defensive rebounds.
Barry's best season came in 1966-1967, when he averaged 35.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, on 45.1 percent shooting, and 88.4 percent from the free throw line.
Accolades include a Rookie of the Year Award, a Finals MVP, part of the 1975 championship team, being elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987, First Team All-Rookie selection, five All-NBA First Team selections, and one Second Team All-NBA Selection.
Barry played college ball at the University of Miami.
Starting Small Forward: Chris Mullin, Two Stints with Franchise
Mullin was a great player for the Warriors franchise. He was there when the team was making playoff appearances and when the team was down as well. One of the saddest days in franchise history was when he was traded to the Indiana Pacer, but it was great to see him retire a Warrior.
He was crafty, could shoot the basketball, was a terrific defender, and could handle the ball as well.
Mullin ranks: first in games, first in steals, second in minutes played, third in field goals, third in three point field goals, fourth in points, fourth in field goals attempted, fourth in three pointers attempted, fourth in free throw percentage, fourth in assists, fourth in defensive rebounds, fifth in free throws, fifth in steals per game, sixth in free throws attempted, seventh in blocks, ninth in offensive rebounds, and 10th in field goal percentage.
His first stint with the Warriors went from 1985-1986 to 1996-1997 and his second stint went from 2000-2001.
Mullin's accolades are a First Team All-NBA Selection, two Second Team All-NBA selections, and a Third Team All-NBA selection.
Best season 1988-1989 when he averaged 26.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 2.1 steals, .5 blocks, on 50.9 percent shooting, 23 percent from three, and 89.2 percent from the free throw line.
Mullin played college ball at St. Johns
Starting Power Forward: Nate Thurmond, 1963-1964 and 1973-1974
Since the Warriors franchise didn't have too many power forwards, who could make the list, Nate Thurmond becomes the first, as he played that starting position as well as center.
Thurmond ranks in franchise history include: first in minutes played, first in total rebounds, second in rebounds per game, second in games played, second in minutes per game, third in free throws attempted, fifth in points, fifth in field goals attempted, sixth in field goals, sixth in free throws, and eighth in assists.
Accolades for Thurmond include a All-Rookie First Team selection, two First Team All-Defense, and three Second Team All-Defense.
Thurmond played college ball at Bowling Green.
Starting Center: Wilt Chamberlain, 1959-1960 and 1964-1965
Chamberlain is considered one of the greatest if not the greatest basketball players in NBA history.
He ranks: first in points, first in points per game, first in rebounds per game, first in field goals, first in minutes per game, second in total rebounds, second in field goals attempted, second in free throws attempted, fourth in free throws, and seventh in minutes played.
Chamberlain accolades include: One MVP, Rookie of the Year, four First Team All-NBA selections, and one second team All-NBA Selection.
His best season came in 1961-1962, when he averaged 50.4 points, 25.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, on 50.6 percent shooting, and 61.3 percent from the free throw line.
Chamberlain played college ball at the University of Kansas and was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979.
Coach: Al Attles, 1969-1970 to 1982-1983
Attles coached the Warriors franchise for 14 years. He had a record of 557-518, which is good for a 51.8 winning percentage. He was the coach in 1975, when the Warriors won their second title.
His best season as coach was for the 1975-1976 team, which went 59-23. In the playoffs, he has a record of 31-30 which is a 50.8 winning percentage. The best record in the playoffs was the 1974-1975 season where the Warriors went 12-5 in the playoffs.
In nine of the seasons he coached, the Warriors were at or above .500 and only had five seasons below .500 for his career.