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10 Greatest Teams In Golden State Warriors History: 2014-15 Warriors Started The Dynasty

10 Greatest Teams In Golden State Warriors History: 2014-15 Warriors Started The Dynasty

The Golden State Warriors, much to the relief of their fans, are having an incredible 2021-22 NBA season. Although it's still very early to call, their brand of basketball is pleasing to watch, and you can't help but appreciate the show they are putting together. It is scary seeing how well they are performing even without Klay Thompson - the most anticipated return in the 2021-22 season.

Stephen Curry is leading the charge once again and is in incredible form. The Golden State Warriors have won their first four games with awe-inspiring performances. While bettering their 2015-16 73-9 record is a long shot, they will undoubtedly have a season to remember. The ultimate goal is to win the NBA championship, but they will first need to end their two-year playoff hiatus.

As a point of note, the criteria for this ranking is based on championships, deep playoff runs, and regular-season record. With that being said, here are the top ten teams in the Golden State Warriors history.

10. 1966-67 Golden State Warriors

Rick Barry

Starters: Jeff Mullins, Jim King, Rick Barry, Tom Meschery, Nate Thurmond

Bench: Al Attles, Paul Neumann, Fred Hetzel, Joe Ellis, Bud Olsen, Bob Warlick, Clyde Lee

Team Record: 44-37

Playoffs: NBA Finals (San Francisco Warriors vs. Philadelphia 76ers 2-4)

Five seasons after the Warriors moved to San Francisco from Philadelphia, they were in the playoffs for the second time. Alex Hannum failed to lead them to the playoffs for the second consecutive season which resulted in the team bringing in Bill Sharman to take over at the helm as head coach.

In Sharman's first season, he led them to a 44-37 run to clinch the top seed in the Western Division. They continued their dominance early in the playoffs, sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers in the conference semifinals. Things got a bit difficult in the conference finals as the St. Louis Hawks almost forced a Game 7, but a second-half collapse in Game 6 ended the series in favor of the Warriors.

The Warriors had a solid offensive unit led by Rick Barry, but the defense was their stronger suit, as they finished the season ranked second in defensive rating. Unfortunately, they lost to the Philadelphia 76ers, the franchise that filled the void they left after they moved to San Francisco.

9. 1963-64 Golden State Warriors

Credit: Getty Images

Credit: Getty Images

Starters: Guy Rodgers, Al Attles, Tom Meschery, Nate Thurmond, Wilt Chamberlain

Bench: Gary Phillips, Gary Hill, George Lee, Kenny Sears, Wayne Hightower

Team Record: 48-32

Playoffs: NBA Finals (San Francisco Warriors vs. Boston Celtics 1-4)

Following a disappointing season in their first year at San Francisco, the Warriors brought in a new coach to turn things around, and Hannum got the role. He was already a championship winner in his previous coaching endeavor, and he was brought in to bring a championship to the new city.

Hannum did a stellar job as the head coach of the Warriors, leading them to a 48-33 run to top the division, and he was awarded the NBA Coach of the Year for his efforts. The Warriors had to play against the St. Louis Hawks in the conference finals, and it was an intense matchup. The Warriors found it hard to find separation in the series until Wilt Chamberlain took over in Game 7 to become the division champions.

The seven-game thriller did not count for much as the Boston Celtics wasted no time in decimating them in the 1964 NBA Finals. Bill Russell and co made quick work of the Warriors, giving up only one game in the series. As expected, Chamberlain was exceptional, averaging 29.2 points and 27.7 rebounds, but the trio of John Havlicek, Sam Jones, and Russell was too much for the Warriors to handle.

8. 2018-19 Golden State Warriors

2018-19 Golden State Warriors

Starters: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green

Bench: Shaun Livingston, Quinn Cook, Alfonzo McKinnie, Kevon Looney, Andrew Hohug, Jonas Jerebko, Jordan Bell

Team Record: 57-25

Playoffs: NBA Finals (Golden State Warriors vs. Toronto Raptors 2-4)

Steve Kerr was on a roll, leading the Warriors to their fifth finals appearance in his fifth season as head coach. The Warriors finished the regular season as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference and had to go through the Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, and Portland Trail Blazers to reach the NBA Finals.

It was the first time since 2015 that the Warriors were not playing against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Looking at the outcome, perhaps the Warriors would have preferred it if LeBron had stayed and reached the NBA Finals once again. Of their four previous meetings, the Warriors won three, which is why facing the Cavs might have been a preferable matchup for them.

Nonetheless, the Warriors were favored to win the matchup despite the Toronto Raptors having Kawhi Leonard on their roster. Unfortunately, injuries ravaged the Warriors in the playoffs. Durant tore his right Achilles tendon in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals, while Thompson tore his ACL in Game 6 following an awkward landing after a fastbreak dunk.

7. 2015-16 Golden State Warriors

2015-16 Golden State Warriors

Starters: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, Andrew Bogut

Bench: Shaun Livingston, Ian Clark, Brandon Rush, Leandro Barbosa, Andre Iguodala, Anderson Varejao, Festus Ezeli, Marreese Speights

Team Record: 73-9

Playoffs: NBA Finals (Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers 3-4)

It might sound preposterous to many that the team with the best regular-season record in league history is ranked seventh in their franchise history. However, their failure to win a championship that year makes it incredibly difficult to put them above teams that went all the way and brought home trophies.

The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls lost the record for the most wins in a regular season with their 72-10 record, but they remain the best team in NBA history because they culminated that impressive run with a championship. But even though the Warriors failed to win the title, winning 73 games is an incredible feat that deserves to be applauded.

LBJ was responsible for denying the Warriors their status as the greatest basketball team in the world. Of their four meetings in the NBA Finals, he chose this year to assert his dominance, doing so in fine fashion. He led the Cavs from a 3-1 series deficit to win the championship after seven games, becoming the first team in league history to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Finals.

6. 1946-47 Golden State Warriors

1946-47 Golden State Warriors

Starters: George Senesky, Angelo Musi, Howie Dallmar, Joe Fulks, Art Hillhouse

Bench: Ralph Kaplowitz, Jerry Rullo, Petey Rosenberg, Matt Guokas, Jerry Fleishman

Team Record: 35-25

Playoffs: BAA champions (Golden State Warriors vs. Chicago Stags 4-1)

Before the 1949 rebranding, the NBA was formerly called the Basketball Association of America and was founded in 1946. The Warriors, at the time, were based out of Philadelphia and were callee the Philadelphia 76ers.

In the history books, the Warriors are recorded as the first team to win a championship in the league's 75 years. They finished second in the Eastern Division, fourth in the league, but we're eventual champions of the first-ever league championship.

The Warriors squared off against the Chicago Stags in the Finals but did not face too many problems on their way to the championship. The Stags delayed the inevitable after a narrow 74-73 win in Game 4, but the Warriors closed out the series the next chance they got.

5. 1955-56 Golden State Warriors

1955-56 Golden State Warriors

Starters: Jack George, Tom Golla, Paul Arizin, Joe Graboski, Neil Johnston

Bench: George Dempsey, Ernie Beck, Larry Hennessy, Jackie Moore, Walt Davis

Team Record: 45-27

Playoffs: NBA champions (Philadelphia Warriors vs. Fort Wayne Pistons 4-1)

After a three-year absence from the playoffs, the Warriors shook things up at the management level and brought in George Senesky while Edward Gottlieb was promoted to an executive. The former player was part of the 1946-47 team that won the BAA championship, and he successfully led the Warriors to another title in his first year as a head coach.

That year in the NBA, the Warriors were the only team to have 40+ wins, which placed them at the top of the Eastern Division. However, the Syracuse Nationals were a hard nut to crack in the division finals but they eventually lost the series 3-2.

The Fort Wayne Pistons were the Western Division champions, but they did not play to that standard. The series was tied after Game 2, but the Warriors went on a rampage and won the next three games.

4. 1974-75 Golden State Warriors

Rick Barry vs. Washington Bullets

Starters: Butch Beard, Charles Johnson, Jamaal Wilkes, Rick Barry, Clifford Ray

Bench: Jeff Mullins, Charles Dudley, Phil Smith, Derrek Dickey, Bill Bridges, Steve Bracey

Team Record: 48-34

Playoffs: NBA champions (Golden State Warriors vs. Washington Bullets 4-0)

The Warriors last won a trophy in 1956 and have fallen short on several occasions since then but remained hungry for another championship. They were one of the better-balanced teams that year, and they leveraged it to win a title.

With the NBA expansions, the teams in the league were 18 at the time, and the competition was a lot stiffer. However, they finished as the top seed in the Western Conference and made light work of the championship from the East, Washington Bullets, in the NBA Finals.

Rick Barry led the charge for the Warriors with his 39.5 points, four rebounds, five assists, and 3.5 steals averages to complete the series sweep. That marked the third championship in franchise history, the last until the 2010s.

3. 2017-18 Golden State Warriors

2017-18 Golden State Warriors

Starters: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green

Bench: Shaun Livingston, Quinn Cook, Nick Young, Patrick McCaw, Kevon Looney, Jordan Bell, David West, JaVale McGee

Team Record: 58-24

Playoffs: NBA champions (Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0)

The 2017-18 season marked the end of an era for the Warriors as that was the last time they won a championship. It was against a familiar foe, the Cavs, and they won the series emphatically, removing any iota of doubt of their dominance.

After a 58-24 run in the regular season to finish second in the Western Conference, the Warriors started their postseason campaign looking solid. They defeated the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans 4-1 in the first and second rounds, respectively. However, they had a harder time overcoming the No. 1 seed in the West, the Houston Rockets.

The Warriors overturned a 3-2 series loss to win the series after seven games. The Cavs were easy pickings in the Finals as they were swept with Durant leading the charge.

2. 2016-17 Golden State Warriors

2016-17 Golden State Warriors

Starters: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Zaza Pachulia

Bench: Shaun Livingston, Ian Clark, Andre Iguodala, David West, Patrick McCaw, Matt Barnes, James Michael McAdoo, JaVale McGee, Damian Jones

Team Record: 67-15

Playoffs: NBA champions (Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers 4-1)

The 2016-2017 championship run for the Warriors has been interpreted by many as a payback campaign for the team. Durant joined the Warriors in the 2016 offseason in what is considered one of the most treacherous moves in NBA history.

Losing a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals was devastating for the Warriors, and despite their solid roster, they brought in Durant to shore up the offense. With a 67-15 run, they finished the regular season as the top seed in the West and continued their dominance in the playoffs. To date, it remains the most impressive run in the playoffs as they lost only one game throughout their run in the playoffs.

It was an all-around scintillating performance on both ends of the court from the Warriors, who finished the season ranked 1st in offensive rating and second in defensive rating.

1. 2014-15 Golden State Warriors

2014-15 Golden State Warriors

Starters: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, Andrew Bogut

Bench: Shaun Livingston, Leandro Barbosa, Brandon Rush, Justin Holiday, David Lee, James Michael McAdoo, Festus Ezeli, Marreese Speights

Team Record: 67-15

Playoffs: NBA champions (Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2)

The Warriors were starved of playoff success and needed a change. Mark Jackson led the team to two playoff appearances in his three years as head coach, but they failed to advance past the conference semifinals, which was why they brought in Steve Kerr to take over in the 2014 offseason.

In his first season, he significantly improved their offense while maintaining their defensive identity. The Warriors finished the 2014-15 season ranked 2nd in offensive rating and 1st in defensive rating.

The Warriors breezed past the Pelicans in the first round of the playoffs, gave up two games against the Memphis Grizzlies in the conference semifinals, and hoisted the conference championship after Game 5 against the Rockets.

The Warriors squared off against the Cavaliers in what was James' first run with the team after his return from the Miami Heat. To some, it was just another NBA Finals matchup, but it was the first of many that led to a long-standing rivalry between Curry and King James. For the 2021-22 NBA season, we might see it manifest again, but it won't go past the conference finals this time around.


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