Yes, we know you love the Golden State Warriors. But who are the best Warriors of all time? Here’s a list of the 7 best, a list we can’t imagine you’d argue with:
Rick Barry – Barry’s best years were spent with Golden State, including being the Finals MVP in the 1974-1975 season. The Hall of Fame small forward was a 12-time All-Star, a Rookie of the Year (with the San Francisco Warriors), and a member of the All-Time NBA team. He is one of 6 Warriors to have his number retired.
Chris Mullin – Shooting guard and small forward spent the vast majority of his career with the Warriors, including 12 straight seasons to begin his career. Mullin played over 800 games as a Warrior, averaging about 25 points and 4 assists per game during his best years. A five-time All-Star and a member of the NBA Hall of Fame, Mullin’s #17 jersey was retired by the Warriors in 2012.
Nate Thurmond – NBA Hall of Famer played mostly center and some power forward over an 11-year Warrior career that included 7 trips to the All-Star Game. Thurmond averaged over 17 points per game and just under 17 rebounds during his Golden State career, an impressive double-double machine. Thurmond’s number 42 is retired by the Warriors and also by the Cleveland Cavaliers, where Thurmond’s numbers were modest but he was an inspirational leader.
Stephen Curry – Curry is the only current Warrior to make the list, at least for now. In his 8th season with the club, the best point guard in the NBA already has an NBA title and two straight league MVP awards to his credit. Curry’s career averages include over 22 points per game and almost 7 assists, and his deadly 3-point shooting often leads to night where his points go through the roof.
Wilt Chamberlain – If Wilt the Stilt had played more of his career with the Warriors, he would be higher up on this list, but during his (Philadelphia/San Francisco) Warrior career he was unstoppable. Chamberlain averaged over 40 points and 25 rebounds as a Warrior, and of course he had the legendary 100-point game in 1962. The legendary center won every award imaginable during his Hall of Fame career, including Rookie of the Year and multiple NBA MVP awards.
Purvis Short – The Warriors best player in the late 1970s and early 1980s when most Warrior teams were mediocre-to-bad, Short averaged over 19 points per game as a Warrior. Mainly a small forward, Short is the Warriors 8th all-time leading scorer.
Paul Arizin – A throwback to the Philadelphia Warriors days, Arizin was a small forward who averaged over 22 points and 8 rebounds in 10 seasons in the 1950s and early 1960s. Arizin’s playing career would likely have been even more impressive if he hadn’t been gone for two seasons as a U.S. Marine during the Korean War. Arizin was the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 1950-51 before this was an “official” NBA designation. (Prior to 1953 the award was voted on by sportswriters but not sanctioned by the league.)