10 Greatest Golden State Warriors of All Time

Moneer MujaddidiContributor IJune 29, 2011

10 Greatest Golden State Warriors of All Time

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    The Warriors are a fast-paced, always-fun-to-watch-type team. Many greats have worn a Warriors jersey since the team came to be in 1946. Whether it was the Philadelphia, San Francisco or Golden State Warriors, the Dubs have created some of the leagues all-time greats.

    Let's take this time to reflect upon the top 10 players in Warriors franchise history.

10. Baron Davis

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    Baron Davis, Golden State Warriors, 2005-2008

    - Led NBA in games played 2007/2008

    - Led NBA in steals per game 2006/2007

    Baron Davis was a high energy player who was a perfect fit for Golden State’s fast-paced style. Davis led the Warriors to an electrifying victory over the first-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the 2006-2007 playoffs. Most Warriors fans can remember Baron from his powerful and fearless dunk over Andrei Kirilenko in the Utah Jazz playoff series.

9. Tim Hardaway

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    Tim Hardaway, Golden State Warriors, 1989-1996

    - NBA leader in games played in 1990/91
    - Tenth all-time in three-pointers made in the NBA
    - Fourth all-time in three-pointers attempted in the NBA
    - Three-time NBA All-Star
    - NBA All-Rookie Team
    - Two-time All-NBA selection 

    As the leader of Run TMC, Tim had a killer crossover and a lethal jump shot. Hardaway was one of the greatest point guards of his era. He reached 5,000 points and 2,500 assists faster than any NBA player, except Oscar Robertson.

8. Joe Fulks

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    Joe Fulks, Philadelphia Warriors, 1946-1954

    - 1973 member of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
    - member of the 1946/47 Warriors BAA championship team
    - BAA leader in field goals made in 1946/47
    - BAA leader in field goals attempted in 1946/47, 1947/48 and 1948/49
    - BAA leader in free throws made in 1946/47 and 1947/48
    - BAA leader in free throws attempted in 1946/47
    - NBA leader in free throw percentage in 1950/51
    - BAA leader in points in 1946/47
    - BAA leader in points per game in 1946/47 and 1947/48
    - two-time NBA All-Star
    - three-time All-BAA selection
    - one-time All-NBA selection

    Joe Fulks was one of the league's greatest scorers. He averaged more than 20 points per game throughout his NBA career. Fulks even managed to score 63 in one game which was a single game record for 10 years. Joe’s phenomenal athleticism and unreal jump played a big role in his introduction to the hall of fame.

7. Robert Parish

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    Robert Parish, Golden State Warriors, 1976-1980

     - Hall of Fame

     Robert Parish is remembered by most from his days with the Boston Celtics, however Parish’s journey actually started with Golden State. Robert averaged a double-double in his last two years as a Warrior. Despite Robert Parish’s level of talent, he was traded to Boston. He had a famous high-arched jump shot and a fierce work ethic.

6. Neil Johnston

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    Neil Johnston, Philadelphia Warriors, 1951-1959

    - basketball Hall of Fame
    - member of 1955/56 Warriors NBA championship team
    - NBA leader in minutes played in 1952/53 and 1953/54
    - NBA leader in field goals made in 1952/53 and 1953/54
    - NBA leader in field goals attempted in 1953/54
    - NBA leader in field goal percentage in 1952/53, 1955/56 and 1956/57
    - NBA leader in free throws (made and attempted) in 1952/53, 1953/54 and 1954/55
    - NBA leader in total rebounds in 1954/55
    - NBA leader in points in 1952/53, 1953/54 and 1954/55
    - NBA leader in minutes per game in 1952/53 and 1953/54
    - NBA leader in rebounds per game in 1954/55
    - NBA leader in points per game in 1952/53, 1953/54 and 1954/55
    - six-time NBA All-Star
    - five-time All-NBA selection

    Johnston was always a gifted scorer. He led the NBA in scoring for three straight years. In addition, Johnston was one of a few people who introduced the hook shot to the game of basketball. Neil’s ability to score was a deciding factor in 1956 when the Warriors became NBA champions.

5. Chris Mullin

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    Chris Mullin, Golden State Warriors, 1985-1997, 2000-2001

    - Warriors all-time leader in games played and steals
    - NBA leader in games played in 1986/87, 1988/89 and 1990/91
    - NBA leader in minutes played in 1990/91 and 1991/92
    - NBA leader in minutes per game in 1990/91 and 1991/92
    - five-time NBA All-Star
    - four-time All-NBA selection

    Chris Mullin, who was a part of the 1992 dream team, scored more than 20 points per game in six out of his 12 seasons with Golden State. Mullin was the leader of the Warriors franchise throughout the '90s. He became the only Warrior player besides Wilt Chamberlain to ever to have five consecutive 25-PPG seasons.

4. Nate Thurmond

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    Nate Thurmond, San Francisco/Golden State Warriors, 1963-1974

    - basketball Hall of Fame
    - Jersey number (42) retired by the Warriors
    - Warriors all-time leader in minutes played and total rebounds
    - Eighth all-time in total rebounds in the NBA
    - Fifth all-time in rebounds per game in the NBA
    - Seven-time NBA All-Star
    - NBA All-Rookie Team
    - Five-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection

    Nate the Great was an explosive big man who quickly learned alongside Wilt Chamberlain. Thurmond averaged a double-double—on average, he would pile up 16 points and 18 rebounds. In addition, Nate Thurmond was the first player to record a quadruple-double.

3. Paul Arizin

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    Paul Arizin, Philadelphia Warriors, 1950-1952, 1954-1962

    - basketball Hall of Fame
    - member of the 1955/56 Warriors NBA championship team
    - Warriors all-time leader in free throws made
    - NBA leader in games played in 1951/52 and 1960/61
    - NBA leader in minutes played in 1951/52 and 1954/55
    - NBA leader in field goals made in 1951/52, 1954/55 and 1956/57
    - NBA leader in field goals attempted in 1954/55
    - NBA leader in field goal percentage in 1951/52
    - NBA leader in free throws made in 1951/52
    - NBA leader in free throws attempted in 1951/52 and 1956/57
    - NBA leader in points in 1951/52 and 1956/57

    In 12 seasons with the Philadelphia Warriors, Paul Arizin averaged 22.8 point and 8.6 rebounds per game. Arizin still ranks in the top 25 in scoring. Many refer to Paul as the second best player on the Philadelphia Warriors, only trailing Wilt.

2. Rick Barry

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    Rick Barry, San Francisco/Golden State Warriors, 1965-1967, 1972-1978

    - basketball Hall of Fame
    - jersey number (24) retired by the Warriors
    - member of 1974/75 Warriors NBA championship team
    - NBA Finals MVP
    - Warriors all-time leader in field goals attempted
    - third all-time in free throw percentage in the NBA
    - NBA leader in games played in 1965/66 and 1972/73
    - NBA leader in field goals (made and attempted) in 1966/67
    - NBA leader in field goals attempted in 1974/75
    - NBA leader in free throws made in 1966/67
    - NBA leader in free throw percentage in 1972/73, 1974/75, 1975/76 and 1977/78
    - NBA leader in steals in 1974/75
    - NBA leader in points in 1966/67
    - NBA leader in steals per game in 1975/75
    - NBA leader in points per game in 1966/67
    - eight-time NBA All-Star
    - NBA Rookie of the Year

    Rick Barry was one of the greatest small forwards in NBA history. Barry was the MVP in the Warriors second NBA title, which took place in 1975. He had a lethal jump shot and played great defense. Rick, who is the inventor of the underhanded free throw, was also one of the best free throw shooters in the NBA.

1. Wilt Chamberlain

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    Wilt Chamberlain, Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, 1959-1965

    - basketball Hall of Fame
    - Warriors all-time leader in field goals made, free throws attempted and points
    - fourth all-time in minutes played in the NBA
    - third all-time in field goals made in the NBA
    - sixth all-time in field goals attempted in the NBA
    - second all-time in free throws attempted in the NBA
    - first all-time in total rebounds in the NBA
    - fourth all-time in points in the NBA
    - first all-time in minutes per game in the NBA
    - second all-time in points per game in the NBA
    - first all-time in rebounds per game in the NBA
    - NBA leader in games played in 1960/61, 1961/62 and 1962/63
    - NBA leader in minutes played in 1959/60, 1960/61, 1961/62, 1962/63 and 1963/64
    - NBA leader in field goals (made and attempted) in 1959/60, 1960/61, 1961/62, 1962/63, 1963/64 and 1964/65
    - NBA leader in field goal percentage in 1960/61, 1962/63 and 1964/65
    - NBA leader in free throws attempted in 1959/60, 1960/61, 1961/62, 1962/63, 1963/64 and 1964/65
    - NBA leader in rebounds in 1959/60, 1960/61, 1961/62 and 1962/63
    - NBA leader in points in 1959/60, 1960/61, 1961/62, 1962/63, 1963/64 and 1964/65
    - NBA leader in minutes per game in 1959/60, 1960/61, 1961/62, 1962/63 and 1963/64
    - NBA leader in rebounds per game in 1959/60, 1960/61, 1961/62 and 1962/63
    - NBA leader in points per game in 1959/60, 1960/61, 1961/62, 1962/63, 1963/64 and 1964/65
    - six-time NBA All-Star
    - NBA MVP
    - NBA Rookie of the Year
    - six-time All-NBA selection 

    Wilt is arguably the greatest player to ever compete in the NBA. With his unstoppable offense and fearless defense, Wilt was uncontainable by others. Chamberlain was a monster in the paint and still holds the NBA single-game record with 100 points scored in one game.

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