Golden State Warriors' All-Time Dream Team
The Golden State Warriors have a rich history of top talent and even a couple of NBA championships to go with it (two in Philadelphia, one in the Bay Area). Names like Wilt Chamberlain and Rick Barry stand out from the get-go on the Warriors All-Time Dream Team, while the ingredients of Run TMC try and find their way on to the roster.
Today’s Warriors are right in the thick of the playoff hunt, trying to make the playoffs for the first time since the “We Believe” team of 2006-07 and for the second time since the 1993-94 season. There are a lot of future stars on this team, a couple possibly on the cusp of making this team.
The team has been selected based on career numbers, but each Dream Team member spent at least one full season in Warrior threads. This 12-man roster isn’t the 12 best Warriors to play the game, but the best team to be assembled as if they were to play a game.
There are some notable exceptions.
Starting Five: Tim Hardaway (Point Guard)
The first member of the famous Run TMC trio earns the starting point guard spot on the Dream Team.
Tim Hardaway was best remembered for snapping ankles with his “Killer Crossover” or the “UTEP Two-Step." Timmy was extremely quick and could break down defenses with his ability to drive, his razor-sharp passing skills or his trademark “knuckleball” three-pointer.
Hardaway would be the catalyst of the Dream Team and would bring his high energy to this squad. He is unselfish and knew how to distribute the ball, using his ball-handling skills to drive to the bucket and find open teammates.
During the life span of Run TMC, Hardaway averaged 18.9 points, 9.2 assists and 2.35 steals and put up career numbers of 17.7 points and 8.2 assists. He even pulled down 3.3 rebounds per game for his career—not bad for 6'0" point guard.
Starting Five: Chris Mullin (Shooting Guard)
Chris Mullin is a Hall-of-Famer and the biggest known star from Run TMC. He started his career with the Warriors as a shooting guard, and that is why gets the spot here.
He had a scorer's mentality and could shoot the lights out with his smooth jumper, but Mullin was also a gritty player who always made the extra effort to finish a play.
Besides his shooting efficiency, Mullin was known to attack the lane, pass the ball and wear out defenders with nonstop movement without the ball. It didn’t help that he would play almost every minute of every game.
For his career, Mullin averaged 18.2 points, 3.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds, solidifying his position as one of the better all-around players in NBA history. He was known for his exemplary work ethic, setting the Warriors' franchise record for most games played.
Starting Five: Rick Barry (Small Forward)
Rick Barry was one of the all-time great wing players in NBA history and led the Warriors to their last NBA championship. His personality was as fiery as his play on the court, and he made sure he expressed it.
Barry was almost unstoppable on offense and was also famous for his eccentric free-throw shooting style, in which he shot the ball underhanded. That style netted him a career free-throw shooting percentage of 89.3 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. Including his four-year stint in the ABA, he averaged 30 or more points per game 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. His career averages ended up being 24.8 points, 4.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds.
Starting Five: Nate Thurmond (Power Forward)
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 Warriors.
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 a seven-time NBA All-Star.
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.
Starting Five: Wilt Chamberlain (Center)
Wilt was one of, if not the most dominant center 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.
Sixth Man: Baron Davis
Baron Davis gets the nod as the Warriors' Dream Team sixth man. When he was healthy, he lit up the scoreboard and was the leader of the “We Believe” team.
Davis will be remembered for wearing the orange Warriors jersey and most importantly for helping his team beat the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks and his earth-shattering dunk over Andre Kirilenko in the 2007 playoffs.
Bench: Guy Rodgers (Point Guard)
Guy Rodgers was one of the best passers of his time, and he set or broke almost every assist record of his era He was on one of the most powerful teams in Warrior history, alongside players such as Wilt Chamberlain, Paul Arizin and Tom Gola.
Rodgers sometimes got lost in the shadow of the Boston Celtics' Bob Cousy, but Rodgers would tie Cousy's then-NBA record 28 assists in a game. During Chamberlain’s 100-point game, Rodgers had 20 dimes.
Rodgers had a many productive years as a Warrior and ended with career averages of 11.7 points, 7.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds.
Bench: Mitch Richmond (Shooting Guard)
Mitch Richmond is the final member of Run TMC to make the squad. Richmond came into the NBA barnstorming, as he won the NBA Rookie of the Year award, averaging 22.0 points per game. This was a before the Run TMC trio formed the following season.
Richmond was a young, exciting player that put fans into seats. He filled the lanes well, could hit almost any jumper and would sneak up to slam it over opposing big men. Richmond was very fluid without the ball and was deadly with the three-point shot.
Richmond was known for being so smooth that he could make defenses fall asleep. Richmond took advantage by averaging 23.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists during the two years of Run TMC.
After the surprising trade to the Sacramento Kings, Richmond went on to have a very productive NBA career. He finished with a line of 21.0 PPG, 3.5 APG and 3.9 RPG.
Bench: Jeff Mullins (Forward)
Jeff Mullins was a key factor in two of the most successful teams in franchise history, one of them the team that won the franchise's last NBA title. He played ten years in a Warriors uniform and averaged more than 20 points four straight seasons.
He earned three trips to the All-Star Game and averaged 17.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists for the Warriors. He was known for his collection of off-balance shots and leaners. It definitely helped him to be surrounded by such quality talent such as Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond.
His ended his career with averages of 16.2 PPG, 4.3 RPG and 3.8 APG.
Bench: Paul Arizin (Forward)
Paul Arizin was a key player in the earlier history of the Warriors and was known as one of the first players to perfect the jump shot.
He was elected to the Hall of Fame all the way back in 1978, but he played for the Warriors from 1951-62. He was a 10-time All-Star and won the league MVP Award in 1952. He was also two-time NBA scoring champion.
Arizin led the Warriors to an NBA title in 1956 and the following year, he reached the 10,000-point mark faster than anybody in history at that date.
Arizin finished his career with averages of 22.8 PPG, 8.6 RPG and 2.3 APG.
Bench: Robert Parish (Center)
Robert Parish is part of a major milestone in Warriors history. The Warriors were contenders until the ill-fated day when they traded Parish and the pick that was Kevin McHale to the Celtics for the pick that turned out to be Joe Barry Carroll.
Parish was picked eighth in the 1976 NBA draft and averaged 9.1 points and 7.1 rebounds as a rookie and 17.0 points, 10.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in his last season with the Warriors.
Parish managed to win four titles with the Celtics and have his jersey retired in Boston. Parish would have made the Warriors Western Conference favorites for many years.
At the end of his 21-year career, Parish finished with a line of 14.5 PPG, 9.1 RPG and 1.5 BPG.
Twelfth Man: Kent Bazemore
Kent Bazemore is on this team, over the likes of a Sleepy Floyd, Purvis Short, Antawn Jamison, Latrell Sprewell and even Stephen Curry?
Yes, because this is the greatest 12th man in Warriors history.
Bazemore gets the entire team fired up after a clutch shot, a block or a thunderous slam dunk. He keeps the team on its toes and has perfected the art called “Bazemoring”.
This team needs someone to get everyone fired up, and nobody in the NBA is greater in their after-the-hoop celebration than Bazemore. Yes, he is an up-and-coming player who can be called upon on in certain situations, so he adds more than celebratory value.
With the firepower on this squad, Bazemore wouldn’t ever be sitting on the bench.