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How The Golden State Warriors Built A Dynasty From The Ground Up

The 2015 Warriors team was at the very start of their dynasty. It was more rewarding for the Bay Area fans as their franchise built an excellent contender from scratch.

With that being said, it did take quite a while for the "Dubs" to reach that point. The team also had to make plenty of inviting deals to acquire the players they knew would only add to the overall success of the franchise.

If you want to know how the Golden State Warriors (GSW) build their dynasty from the ground up, this article has got you covered.

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Rewind To 2009/2010

On June 25, 2009, the Golden State Warriors were finishing up a relatively disappointing season where they ended up 29-53, landing as a seventh pick in the NBA Draft. When heading directly into this draft, any core plans the Warriors faced were uncertain.

The Warriors found themselves in serious talks with the Phoenix Suns to trade in their overall seventh pick in exchange for All-Star forward Amar'e Stoudamire.

But when Stephen Curry - a legendary sharpshooter - fell into their lap on the way to MVP level greatness after the Minnesota Timberwolves didn't select him as one of their back-to-back picks, the Warriors placed their bets, canceled advanced trade talks, and wisely drafted the guard.

Curry's arrival was the starting point for this unlikely and work-in-progress dynasty. However, the franchise still needed some type of facelift.

November 2010 saw Joe Lacob's ownership group take over which infused lots of brain power, resources, and money with an uncapped NBA market. It didn't take long for things to kick off.


Bob Myers was a central figure in the process of changing the culture around GSW. He was hired to succeed the general manager at the time, Larry Riley, and was a huge reason for the team shakeup.

Golden States management was put into question in June 2011 when they opted to select Klay Thompson – another guard that became the 11th pick of the 2011 NBA draft class.

He was a smart pick that fit in well with the defensive versatility and three-point shooting of the league and paired well as a bigger guard in a backcourt that could thin defenses and widen the floor more than any other in NBA history.

However, there were still many missing pieces in this dynasty.

2012 To 2013

The biggest lead occurred in June of 2012, the third instance in four drafts that top Warriors management acquired future All-Star player Draymond Green. As a result, the backbone of a future title team was completed.

The Warriors were then able to work out an offseason trade with the Denver Nuggets in summer 2013, losing future first-round picks and shedding salary in the process. However, they gained swingman Andre Iguodala who later accepted a sixth-man role, despite being overqualified to do so, which then rounded out the Warriors rotation.

A Focus On Culture

After over two decades in the ashes, the rise of the Warriors dynasty was about more than just the players. It was (and still is) all about the culture — a top-down laid-back, egalitarian environment that has created a free-spirited and enthusiastic type of basketball brand.

Everyone noticed the Warriors focus on culture. Iguodala and Durant were both intrigued by the franchise and the team before being brought into the Warriors dynasty. Again, this positive view of the Warriors stems from the logical pairing of head coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers.

Adding Durant In 2016

Another major part of the Warriors dynasty occurred in The Hamptons on July 1, 2016. Here, the seven people most instrumental in the rise of the franchise – Lacob, Curry, Thompson, Myers, Kerr, Green, and Iguodala – gathered with the sole intention of recruiting Durant.

As Durant's closest friend on the team, Green led the recruitment process. Myers and Kerr connected with Durant on a personal level as a human and a player, and Lacob was the man with the money.

As the only assembled player not to be drafted by the Warriors, Iguodala was the example that most fit Durant. A veteran with lots of experience in various organizations, Iguodala had sacrificed his glory by coming off the bench and could provide a much more detailed assessment.

Arguably, Iguodala's conversation with Durant might have been the most significant.

Overall, Kevin Durant would be the final addition to an already impressive roster in the franchise, just after making history in the postseason.

This resulted in a 16-1 fight for the title, the greatest playoff record in the entire NBA history, a second championship title within three years, and also presented a golden opportunity for much more.


Now it's up and running, the strength and ability of the Warriors dynasty mean it is primed for success. And while the team's core three – Thompson, Green, and Curry – are already primed for the Hall of Fame, a fourth title would ensure that the Warriors stand out for all the right reasons.