The Golden State Warriors went from being one of the worst teams in the league to becoming a perennial Championship contender. That's mostly because of the way they built through the Draft with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.
Even so, none of their current stars was actually born or raised in the Bay area. They didn't grow up rooting for the Warriors, and while they've become legends and will have their jerseys retired and statues in front of Chase Center, they probably dreamed about playing for a different franchise.
But what if the Warriors would feature only players of the Bay area and nearby cities? How would their roster look like? Could take make the playoffs and would they be the Championship-contending team they're nowadays? Let's break it down:
PG - Damian Lillard
Damian Lillard grew up going to the Oracle Arena to watch the Golden State Warriors play. He's a die-hard Oakland Raiders fan and even has a tattoo of them in his right arm, so you know he'd be thrilled to play for his hometown team if given the chance.
Lillard is one of the best point guards in the league right now and it's not even close. He's got that Mamba Mentality in the clutch and is an unstoppable scorer and playmaker. People are finally starting to give him the recognition he deserves.
SG - Norman Powell
Norman Powell grew was born and raised in San Diego, California, and attended UCLA before making it to the NBA. So he was either a Lakers or a Warriors fan growing up. He'd be a solid pickup and complement to Damian Lillard in the backcourt.
Powell is never going to be an AllS-tar but he's a solid player. He can do a little bit of everything efficiently, especially defending. He's no Klay Thompson but he could take a lot of pressure off of Lillard's shoulders by locking up on defense.
SF - Josh Jackson
Just like Norman Powell, Josh Jackson was born and raised in San Diego and went to school in California. He later left town to play for Kansas University but he'd be thrilled to play for an organization like the Golden State Warriors, for sure.
Jackson has struggled in the league despite being one of the most sought-after prospects coming out of college. He was supposed to become one of the best defenders in the league and the upside is clearly there, but he's yet to prove his worth.
PF - Jared Dudley
Jared Dudley is also a San Diego native and believe it or not, this guy was a huge problem for opposing defenses back in the day. In fact, he was one of the biggest entertainers in the nation at Boston College and he's managed to stay relevant in the league for a very long time.
Dudley's defense is way underrated. He can stay in front of quicker guards, hold his own vs. most big men, and his ability to consistently knock down threes also comes handily for contending teams, and the Warriors aren't going to be an exception to that rule.
C - Aaron Gordon
And last but not least, we find Aaron Gordon, a San Jose native who happens to be in the Warriors' radar this offseason. In this case scenario, he'd be the team's second-star next to Damian Lillard. That'd be an intriguing one-two punch, for sure.
Gordon is an athletic freak. He's got the hops, length, and strength to thrive as an small-ball center and he's proven to be able to knock down some threes from time to time as well. He's a great defender and it feels like all he needs to take a step forward is a change of environment.