Golden State Warriors: Top 5 Point Guards in Warriors History
The point guard.
The leader on and sometimes off the court as well.
Golden State hasn't had many elite point guards in its rich history, as forwards and centers, like Chris Mullin, Rick Barry, and of course Wilt Chamberlain stole the show.
Nevertheless, there have been several floor generals who really shined for the Warriors.
Here are the top five.
5. Eric "Sleepy" Floyd
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Years With Team: 1983 - 1987
Playoff Years: 1986 - 1987
This selection was difficult for me to make, because Floyd was only on the team for four years, and wasan All-Star for just one of them. He was a great scorer and in addition to being a talented floor general, and is one of the most underrated guards in Warriors history.
He's well-known for the Game 4 of the 1987 Western Conference Finals, in which he set a still-record 29 points in a quarter against Magic Johnson and the Lakers. This game alone improved the fanbase, and even today, the Bay Area is known to have some of the best fans in the league.
He was a tremendous leader both on and off the court, and it led to him being chosen as an All-Star in his last year with the team.
The guy made a significant impact on the team, and helped them transition into the "Run-TMC" era of the 90s.
4. Phil Smith
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Years With Team: 1974 - 1980
Playoff Years: 1974 - 1977
All-Stars: 1976 - 1977
All-Defensive: 1976 (2nd team)
All-NBA: 1976 (2nd team)
NBA Championships: 1975
Smith was one of the first men of the bench on the 1975 title squad led by Rick Barry, but eventually grew into a solid defensive point guards in just a few years.
He spent the majority of his career with Golden State, retiring just a few years after he was traded to Houston.
Smith was best known for his defensive ability, and he helped the team transition from its title contending days to its rebuilding years, as the Warriors missed the playoffs for the latter half of his career in Golden State.
3. Baron Davis
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Years With Team: 2005 - 2008
Playoff Years: 2006 - 2007
Davis is easily the best point guard of the modern era, although Stephen Curry might take away that title in a few years.
No point guard in Warriors history can score like Davis, who, despite having his best statistical seasons with the Hornets, torched opponents night in and night out and was the unquestioned leader of the 2007 playoff team.
Similarly to the Run-TMC era, the "We Believe" Era was killed by the departure of their star, as Davis signed with the Clippers after Golden State missed the playoffs in 2008 despite winning 48 games.
2. Guy Rodgers
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Years With Team: 1958 - 1966
Playoff Years: 1959 - 1962, 1964
All-Star: 1963 - 1964, 1966
Franchise Records: 1st All-Time Assists
During his tenure with the Warriors in the early to mid-1960s, Rodgers was easily the best playmaker in the league.
He was the leader for the 1964 team that lost in the NBA Finals to the Celtics, who were the most dominant team of the 60s, but was traded soon after.
The fact that he's had the most assists for the franchise is no mistake, and he's one of the best ball-handlers of the NBA's first few decades.
1. Tim Hardaway
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Years With Team: 1989 - 1996
Playoff Years: 1990 - 1992, 1993 - 1994
All-Star: 1991 - 1993
All-NBA: 1992 (2nd team), 1993 (3rd team)
All-Rookie: 1990 (1st team)
Franchise Records: 2nd All-Time Assists
The killer crossover. The U-Step Two Step.
Whatever you call it, Hardaway was one of the deadliest ballers in the mid-90s and was part of the Run-TMC squad with Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin, which was unfortunately dismantled, sending him to the Miami Heat.
Had he stayed with the team a bit longer, there's no question he would have taken Guy Rodgers' place as the franchise leader in assists in addition to being the on-court leader of the Bay Area's potential contender and a role model for future Warriors floor generals.
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