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Golden State Warriors All-Time Starting Lineup, Bench, And Coach

Golden State Warriors All-Time Starting Lineup, Bench, And Coach

Since their inception in 1946, the Golden State Warriors have become one of the most decorated franchises in NBA history. From early championships in 1947, 1956, and 1975 to the recent dominance that has them currently in their 6th NBA Finals in 8 years, the Warriors have always found the way back to the top. Overall, the Warriors have captured 6 championships and 7 conference titles with many greats of the game to thank for it along the way.

No one should be shocked that this lineup will be dominated by the players that have donned the Warriors' blue and gold since 2015. Over that time has emerged the greatest shooter the game has ever seen, a power forward with all-time playmaking and defensive impact, and a player who just so happens to be one of the best to ever shoot a basketball as well. Oh, and a former League MVP who just happened to stop by and deliver 2 championships with 2 Finals MVPs. Even some greats who didn’t contribute to winning championships make an appearance. With one of the deepest play pools in the history of the NBA, here is the very best of the Golden State Warriors.


Guard - Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Championships: 3

Career Stats (with Warriors): 24.3 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.3 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.2 BPG

Achievements (with Warriors): 2x NBA MVP, 8x All-Star, 1x All-Star Game MVP, 8x All-NBA Team Selection

The greatest shooter to ever live easily takes the starting spot at the point guard position. Since 2014, Steph has wowed audiences across the globe with his ability to shoot the ball from anywhere on the floor at a lightning-fast pace and with all-time high efficiency. The list of 3-point records Curry holds is jaw-dropping. He holds the record for most career 3-point FGs made (in 511 games less than Ray Allen), most 3-point FGs per game (3.8), 3-pointers in a season (402), most games with double-digit 3-pointers (22), and most 3-pointers made in a month (96).

In 2016, Curry left scorched earth across the league's landscape as he took home the NBA’s first-ever unanimous League MVP award. Curry led the league in scoring with 30.1 PPG, pulled down 5.4 RPG, dished out 6.7 APG, and led the league in steals with 2.1 SPG. The only thing that would cap off his incredible resume is the elusive Finals MVP trophy that probably should have gone his way in 2015. If Steph Curry has anything to say about it, that trophy will be heading his way in just a couple of weeks, as the Warriors are set to take on the Boston Celtics in the 2022 NBA Finals.


Guard - Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson

Championships; 3

Career Stats (with Warriors): 19.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.9 SPG, 0.5 BPG

Achievements (with Warriors): 5x All-Star, 2x All-NBA Team Selection, 1x All-Defensive Team Selection

Klay Thompson’s comeback from 2 major lower leg injuries in 2022 has been incredible to watch. The last time we saw Thompson, he was limping off the floor in the 2019 NBA Finals with a torn ACL. In 2022, he came back for 32 games averaging 20.4 PPG, 3.9 RPG, and 2.8 APG. Now, for yet another season in his illustrious career, Thompson is playing a pivotal role in a Warriors championship run.

This is nothing new for Klay Thompson. 'Game 6 Klay' has become a folk hero of sorts, always ready to step up when his team needs him most in clutch situations. Klay Thompson has played 12 Game 6’s in his career, averaging 20.7 PPG in those contests. Having spent most of his career as a 2nd and sometimes 3rd option, those numbers are spectacular. If you need a momentum-shifting performance, it hasn’t always been Steph Curry to answer the call, making Thompson the clear choice to wrap up our backcourt.


Forward - Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

Championships: 2

Career Stats (with Warriors): 25.8 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 5.4 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.5 BPG

Achievements (with Warriors): 2x Finals MVP, 3x All-Star, 1x All-Star Game MVP, 3x All-NBA Team Selection

Say whatever you want about how he got there, but Kevin Durant made the most of his 3 seasons in Golden State. After falling just short of a ring multiple times up to that point in his career, Durant was searching for a situation to get him over the hump. He found that with the Warriors. His first 2 years resulted in 2 titles, 2 Finals MVP awards, and a serious debate about whether he was the best player in the world or not.

In 2017, Durant elevated his game in the playoffs, averaging 28.6 PPG and 7.5 RPG for the entire playoffs. His 35.0 PPG in the NBA Finals earned him his 1st Finals MVP award and a win over LeBron James on the world’s biggest stage. The following year, Durant would do it again, averaging 29.0 PPG for the playoffs and 28.8 PPG and 10.8 RPG in the Finals. This time, he did it in a clean sweep over LeBron James and the Cavaliers. It doesn’t matter how stacked the team was at the time, Durant rose above the rest and earned his spot in this lineup.


Forward - Draymond Green

Draymond Green

Championships: 3

Career Stats (with Warriors): 8.7 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 5.4 APG, 1.4 SPG, 1.0 BPG

Achievements (with Warriors): 1x Defensive Player Of The Year, 4x All-Star, 2x All-NBA Team Selection, 7x All-Defensive Team Selection

Although his offensive numbers have been the basis for punchlines in NBA circles, there is no denying the impact Draymond Green has on the game in other ways. He is one of the most versatile defenders in the league, able to simultaneously shut down the league’s best guards and bigs. He knows the game inside and out, back and front, making him a floor general who elevates his team’s play just by directing offensive and defensive sets. Like a point guard in a forward’s body.

There have been many other ways to measure Green’s impact on the Warriors. Many point to his suspension in the 2016 NBA Finals as the catalyst for the historic 3-1 series collapse to the Cavs. The Warriors do not have a modern-day dynasty without Draymond. With Draymond on the floor, the Warriors have a record of 470-215. Without him, they are a pedestrian 57-51, yet another testament to Green’s impact on the franchise over his career.


C - Wilt Chamberlain

Wilt Chamberlain Slams Narrative Of Bill Russell Carrying The Celtics: “It Bothered Me Because It Wasn’t True”

Championships: 0

Career Stats (with Warriors): 41.5 PPG, 25.1 RPG, 3.0 APG, BPG, and SPG not recorded at the time

Achievements (with Warriors): 1x NBA MVP, 1960 Rookie of the Year, 6x All-Star, 1x All-Star Game MVP, 6x All-NBA Team Selection

Wilt Chamberlain was a member of the Warriors when they were still in Philadelphia and San Francisco from 1960 to 1965. Although he never led them to the promised land, Wilt’s numbers are so extraordinary that there is no other choice for the starting center in this lineup. In his tenure with the Warriors, Chamberlain averaged over 40.0 PPG and 25.0 RPG over 6 years, something no player had done before or has done since.

In 1962, Wilt averaged an amazing 50.4 PPG and 25.7 RPG while playing 48.5 MPG. Games are 48 minutes long in regulation. Over his 6 seasons with the team, Wilt led the league in scoring for all 6, led the league in rebounding 4 times, and led the league in FG% once. His rookie season is still the stuff of folklore and legend, needing just 56 games to score 2,000 points, breaking the previous single-season record. Wilt’s dominant time as a member of the Warriors makes him a clear-cut choice for starting center.


Bench


Guard - Baron Davis

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Championships: 0

Career Stats (with Warriors): 20.1 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 8.1 APG, 2.0 SPG, 0.4 BPG

Achievements (with Warriors): None

Baron Davis played the most productive basketball of his career with the Golden State Warriors. He was a defensive machine, leading the league in steals in 2007 with 2.1 SPG and recording multiple seasons of 2.0 SPG or more. His playmaking skills took a considerable leap as well, recording 8.0 APG or more each season in the Bay Area.

Who can forget Davis’s role as the leader of the “We Believe Warriors”? In 2007, Baron Davis led the Warriors to the only postseason berth of his tenure there. They were the #8 seed going up against the powerful #1 Dallas Mavericks. Davis led the Warriors with 25.0 PPG, 6.2 RPG, and 5.7 APG, lifting the Warriors to the unfathomable upset. The team would lose in the next round to the Jazz, but not before BD gave us one of the most emphatic poster slams of all time over Andrei Kirilenko. Davis’s high IQ playmaking and swarming perimeter defense make him an easy choice to backup Steph Curry.


Guard - Mitch Richmond

Mitch Richmond

Championships: 0

Career Stats (with Warriors): 22.7 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.3 SPG, 0.3 BPG

Achievements (with Warriors): 1989 Rookie of the Year

Mitch Richmond is one of the most underrated scorers of his era. Although he only spent the first 3 years of his career in The Bay, his impact loomed large on the franchise. He was one-third of the electric trio “RUN TMC” with Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway. Richmond compliments Hardaway and Mullin perfectly, not only with the shooting he provided, but his movement without the ball opened up many more opportunities in fast bread and set packages.

In 1989, Richmond won Rookie of the Year behind averages of 22.0 PPG, 5.9 RPG, and 4.2 APG on 46.8% shooting. His playstyle complimented Don Nelson’s coaching perfectly, and they seemed like a match made in heaven. However, shortly before the 91-92 season, Richmond was traded to Sacramento for the right to Billy Owens. Richmond’s time in Golden State may have been short live but there is no denying how special it was.


Forward - Chris Mullin

Chris Mullin

Championships: 0

Career Stats (with Warriors): 20.1 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 3.9 APG, 1.7 SPG, 0.6 BPG

Achievements (with Warriors): 5x All-Star, 4x All-NBA Team Selection

Chris Mullin played 13 years with the Golden State Warriors, winning the hearts of fans everywhere. He was an efficient and consistent scorer, shooting 50.9% from the field overall for his career and 38.6% from beyond the arc. In his first 3 seasons with the team, coach George Karl played Mullin at shooting guard alongside “Sleepy Floyd”. It wasn’t until Don Nelson took over and moved Mullin to small forward that he blossomed into an All-Star.

Once the move was made, the sky was the limit. As one-third of “Run TMC”, Chris Mullin helped the Warriors to 5 consecutive playoff appearances from 1988 to 1993. During this time, Mullin had the best stretch of his career, averaging at least 25.0 PPG and 5.0 RPG for each of those 5 seasons. He was selected as an All-Star in each. Mullin was also a 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist as a member of the 1992 Dream Team. Although he never won a ring in his career, Mullin still easily slips into our first forward spot off the bench.


Forward - Rick Barry

Rick-Barry

Championships: 1

Career Stats (with Warriors): 25.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 5.1 APG, 2.3 SPG, 0.5 BPG

Achievements (with Warriors): 1x Finals MVP, 1966 Rookie of the Year, 12x All-Star, 1x All-Star Game MVP, 6x All-NBA Team Selection

Rick Barry is one of the most proficient scorers in Warriors and league history. Barry’s scoring came at a time when the Warriors needed it most. After finishing 1965 with just 17 wins, Barry’s arrival propelled them to 35 wins, just missing out on the playoffs. The following season, Barry led the league in scoring with an average of 35.6 PPG, the only scoring title of his career. After a brief stint in the ABA, Barry returned to the Warriors a man possessed.

With his signature Granny shot from the free-throw line, it took just 3 seasons for Rick Barry to lead the Warriors to their 3rd franchise championship. In 1975, Barry averaged 30.6 PPG and led the league in steals with 2.9 SPG. He would then go on to capture Finals MVP behind 29.5 PPG, 5.0 APG, 4.0 RPG, and 3.5 SPG in a sweep over the Washington Bullets. Barry ranks 3rd all-time in Warriors history in total points as well as 3rd all-time in PPG. Barry provides another offensively gifted weapon to an already loaded bench.


Center - Nate Thurmond

Nate Thurmond

Championships: 0

Career Stats (with Warriors): 17.4 PPG, 16.9 RPG, 2.7 APG, 0.7 SPG, 2.7 BPG

Achievements (with Warriors): 7x All-Star, 5x All-Defensive Team Selection

Aside from Wilt Chamberlain and Draymond Green, Nate Thurmond is the best rebounder and interior defender in Warriors history. In multiple seasons, Thurmond averaged over 20.0 RPG and is only 1 of 4 players in history to do so. Thurmond spent his first few years alongside Wilt Chamberlain at the power forward position. This hinders Thurmond’s numbers a bit, considering his rebounding numbers skyrocketed after Wilt’s departure.

Thurmond’s defensive numbers are quite blurry as well. They didn’t start tracking defensive stats until the 1973-1974 season and in the 1st two seasons where they were recognized, Thurmond averaged 2.4 BPG or better. In the playoffs, Thurmond’s numbers would take a slight dip in scoring, but he was consistent with his defense and rebounding. If any big man in Warriors history should back up Wilt, it is Nate Thurmond.


Coach - Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr took the helm of the Warriors before 2014-2015 and it has been glory ever since. In his first season as coach, he led the Warriors to their first NBA title since 1975 and followed it up by coaching them to the best single-season record in history at 73-9 in 2016. By implementing a system that lets the offense flow free around Curry, Kerr has led the Warriors to six conference titles and 3 NBA championships, competing for a 4th in 2022. He is steadily approaching the franchise record in regular-season wins and has already claimed the playoff title in that category. With Kerr on the sidelines, this lineup will have no problem with success.


The Warriors Dynasty Adds A Legend

Essentially, what we have done here creating this all-time lineup is take the 2017 champion Warriors team and added Wilt Chamberlain to the starting lineup. This would be the greatest offense ever assembled, capable of breaking the 200.00 PPG threshold. The 2017 Warriors averaged 115.9 PPG as a team. If you add in Wilt’s 41.1 PPG he scored with the team, records will be shattered. That is all something opponents would have to deal with before Richmond, Mullin, and Barry come in off the bench with the buckets they provide.

Defensively, this team is just as scary. The 3 best interior defenders in franchise history take center stage in a system that already causes defenses fits. With Draymond manning the power forward position and Wilt at the center, opposing bigs will have fits trying to figure out getting to the basket with not too many second-chance opportunities coming their way. Nate Thurmond off the bench provides solid reinforcement to the interior wall.

This Warriors lineup also will make opponents work on the perimeter. The active hands of Curry and Klay to start are also reinforced off the bench by guys like Baron Davis and Rick Barry. Their off-ball defense and exceptional length could shut down any offensive game plan that centers around the 3-point line. Overall, the Warriors have one of the deepest lineups out of all 30 teams. In a tournament-style format, it wouldn’t be shocking to see them standing alone when the dust settles.

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