The brains inside the Chase Center rarely stop storming. That’s the Warriors way, especially in the offseason. The discussion is frequent. Ideas buzz about honey bees. And a topic came up again this summer:
How should the Warriors honor those who have made significant contributions to the franchise?
As it stands, six are retired: Wilt Chamberlain (13), Tom Meshri (14), Al Athels (16), Chris Mullin (17), Rick Berry (24), Nate Thurmond (42). Consider them known.
The Hall of Fame is out of the question. They continue to be retired, and a few are designated for sculpture. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green And Klay Thompson They are bound for this treatment. Maybe as a trio.
Others are discussed. There has been talk of a Hall of Fame, a Ring of Fame, a Wall of Fame. Another possibility is to go with medals, perhaps like the inlaid stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which is on display at the Chase Center.
While those in Golden State Salary is terminologically deliberate, we are making a bid to be on the selection committee. Each individual must have logged at least three seasons and made a positive impact on the franchise and the fans.
From the initial list of 29, we present 15 contributors who we believe – in one person’s opinion – deserve more recognition:
Bogut was the third pillar installed after Curry and Thompson for the foundation of Golden State’s greatness. in business with Milwaukee Bucks, the 7-footer brought a defensive mentality to an established score on offense. He was an NBA champion in 2015 and on a 73-9 team in 2016. Kwon Looney And Green still applies the tips they learned from Bogut.
Obtained in A Trade by MolineAfter that, GM Davis brought some gravitas to a bad locker room and offered credit to a standout score. He was the lead author of the 2007 “We Believe” Warriors, which temporarily gave fans a team to respect. His playoff match against Andriy Krylenko is the biggest trophy in team history.
The 6-foot-3 guard, acquired from the Nets during his rookie season, averaged 17.7 points on 48.5 percent shooting over five seasons. The highlight of his career was a 29-point third quarter in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals vs Lakers, allowing fighters to avoid being swept. That remains a playoff record.
Hardaway introduced the crossover dribble in the 1980s as a rookie to the NBA and became Run TMC spectacular course engine. A three-time NBA All-Star and six-year Warrior, the fan favorite averaged 25.0 points and 10.0 assists in the playoffs.
Hardaway’s #10 jersey should be retired. That’s in Miami, where he played 20 fewer games.
Lee’s signing was the first high-profile move by ownership in 2010. The power forward became a double-double machine, and in addition, was named to the NBA All-Star team in 2013, going a 16-year streak without a player being selected to represent an NBA team. Warriors in this event with the best players in the league.
Livingston, the first free agent acquired under Steve Kerr as head coach, played five seasons with the Warriors, finishing in the NBA Finals all five. The 6-foot-7 guard was a crucial reserve, with timely buckets with his sure mid-range jumper, but also brought a veteran voice of reason to the locker room.
A troublesome hip caused him to gamble in the 2015 draft, but the 9-foot-6 center never gave up. He kept his foot on the pedal and overcame a series of physical obstacles to become a mainstay at the age of 25. Lone hasn’t missed a game in two seasons, the first season leading to his third championship ring.
His jersey is retired in Boston, but his clipboard should be honored by Golden State, where he became Nelly, a wizard at devising often unorthodox offensive schemes to exploit opposing defensive weaknesses. He made some unfortunate decisions (dealing with Mitch Richmond, alienating Chris Webber) but he was the man behind Run TMC and “We Believe.”
There was a time when the Golden State franchise was chained to despair, when winning was a fantasy, and Jay Rich shone a few rays of light into the darkness. The last Warrior to make the All-Rookie First Team before Curry, he dazzled with sky-high dunks and was a key member of the “We Believe” team.
Richmond earned Rookie of the Year honors as the first truly impressive pick in Nelson’s first tenure (1988) and was the only elite two-way player on the team. He averaged 22.7 points (48.5% FG) in three seasons with Golden State and was devastated when Nelson traded him in a move the coach/GM later regretted.
One of the most neglected seniors in the early years of the team CaliforniaThe dynamic 6-foot-6 point guard led the NBA by Bay in his first season, representing the Warriors in three All-Star games (1963, 64 and 66) before being traded to the Bulls in 1966. He entered. Hall of Fame in 2014
Out of Blackjack State University in 1978, Short had one of the NBA’s prettiest jumpers, an arc that seemed to float 15 feet above the rim before curling up. In seven of his nine seasons with the Warriors, he scored at least 21 points and connected on 47.9 percent from the field.
An unknown second-round draft pick out of Black Alcorn State in 1980, Smith rarely scored, defended like a fiend and was the best net rebounder in franchise history. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 10.4 rebounds as a Warrior and ranked 18th in career offensive rebounds. Nicknamed “Mr. Bad,” Smith’s generosity made him a Bay Area folk hero.
In the 20-plus seasons between Rodgers (1960s) and Richmond/Hardaway (1980s), there’s no doubt that Smith was Golden State’s most breathtaking guard. A 48 percent shooter with ferocious diving ability, the 6-foot-4 San Francisco native contributed to the 1975 championship team as a rookie reserve and became a two-time All-Star and All-Defensive team member.
Golden State’s championship roster in ’75 was deep, with a superstar in Rick Barry, and two rookies poised for stardom: Wilkes (first round) and Smith (second round). Wilkes spent two more seasons with the Warriors, averaging 18.3 points and making the 1976 All-Star team before being traded to the Lakers for a first-round draft pick in 1977.
in queue: Andrew Wigginswhich is the NBA story in progress.
Now for the questions. .
Where is David West? A key member of the team only played his final two seasons with the Warriors.
Was Paul Arizin considered? Of course. 10-time All-Star, selected to the 25th, 50th and 75th anniversary teams. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1978. When the team moved to San Francisco in 1962, Arizin, then 34, opted to retire and stay in Philadelphia. This factor caused him to be removed from the top 15.
What about Neil Johnston?
Arizin’s partner in destruction, 15 years before Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s arrival, was a hookshot artist. The star led the NBA in scoring six times in three consecutive seasons (1952-1955).
Did we forget Monta Ellis? no The team’s most watched player for several years before Curry’s ascent was the last to make the list to 15.
Latrell Sproule? As a three-time NBA All-Star, he is more than deserving of the recognition. But by suffocating his coach and forcing his teammates to choose sides, he tore the team apart and killed a season. The Warriors finished the 1997-98 season with a 19-63 record. He will not be honored in any way.