| Golden State Warriors HISTORY
Arena: Oracle Arena
Division Championships: 12 (1948, 1951, 1956,1964, 1967, 1975, 1976, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
NBA Titles: 6 (1947,1956,1975, 2015, 2017, 2018)
Best Season 2015-16 73-9 (.890)
Worst Season 1952-53 12-57 (.174)
Founding of the NBA:
The Warriors were instrumental in the founding of the NBA. In 1946 the Warriors owners Steve Kim and Peter Tyrrel helped convince other owners to fund a new league to compete against the NBL. So in 1946 the BAA was born.
The Warriors would go on to win the first BAA title in 1947 and would return to the BAA finals in 1948 but lose to Baltimore.
The Warriors and the BAA would merge with the NBL following the 1949 season and rename their league the NBA.
First multi-year deal:
The Warriors signed the first NBA draft pick to a multi-year deal when they signed Arnie Gardner to a three year deal following the 1948 draft. Gardner, a star power forward from Utah, played three injury plagued seasons with the Warriors.
Wilt Chamberlain revolutionized the NBA and the Warriors. He was a member of the Warriors when he scored his NBA record 100 points. He moved wit the Warriors to San Francisco in 1962 but would leave shortly after.
The 73 wins by the Warriors in the 2015-16 season is the most wins in a season in NBA history, surpassing the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls record of 72-10 and is only the second time in league history that a team won 70 or more games in a season.
However, unlike the 1996 Bulls, the 2016 Warriors did not win the NBA championship. Losing to the Cavs in 7 games. The 73 wins is also the highest number of regular season wins for a team that did not win the NBA championship, surpassing the 1973 Boston Celtics.
The Warriors have had their share of weird all-star occurrences. They are the only team who had their head coach be back-to-back all-star head coaches. This happening with Al Attles in 1975 and 76.
The Warriors have also sent 4 all-stars to the same game on 3 different occasions. First doing it in 1968 when they sent Jim King, Clyde Lee, Rudy LaRusso, and Nate Thurmond, and more recently in both 2017 and 2018 when they sent Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. In both 1968 and 2017 the Warriors sent a fifth member in their head coach as well. Sending 4 all-stars is exceedingly rare, it has only happened 10 times in NBA history and the Warriors make up 30% of those occurrences.
Of those 10 teams, only the 68 Warriors and the 15 Hawks did not win an NBA title either that season, the season before or the season preceding.
The Warriors are on the bad end of a few all-star occurrences as well. Most notably the longest drought for having an all-star in league history. The Warriors went from 1997 when Latrell Sprewell made an appearance at the game until 2013 when David Lee was added as a substitute by the commissioner.
The Warriors have also not had an MVP of the midseason classic since Rick Barry won it in 1967.
First Year Success:
Three of the Warriors five NBA championships have been won by first year head coaches with no other NBA coaching experience. Eddie Gottlieb lead the Warriors to the inaugural BAA championship in 1948. George Senesky would lead the Warriors to their second title in his first year coaching in 1956. Finally, Steve Kerr would guide the Warriors to the 2015 NBA title in his first year.
The Warriors two other titles where won by coaches with experience coaching the Warriors. Al Attles won the franchises third title in 1975 in his sixth year of coaching, and Kerr won his second title and the franchises 5th in 2017 in his third year of coaching.
The Warriors set a pretty amazing NBA record when they won 146 consecutive games without having back-to-back losses, or two loses in a row. This shattered the previous mark of 95 held by the Utah Jazz. The streak lasted from the middle of the 2014 season until the end of the 2017 season.
Comparing the 15-16 Warriors and the 95-96 Bulls. |
Every couple of decades a team comes along that is just magical. They are a team fans talk about for years after and what rising teams get compared to. The 1995-96 Bulls team was one of those, and this years Warriors team is another. In fact, this years Warriors team may be the team all future great teams get compared to.
The 95-96 Bulls went an astonishing 72-10 and were able to finish it up with a 69-13 campaign the next season and a 62-20 season the following year. In 3 season the Bulls won 203 of 246 regular season games. What is even more impressive is that during those same 3 years that Bulls team won 45 of 58 post season games and 3 NBA championships.
The Warriors have not yet had the time to accomplish this feat, so as it stands at this point in history the Bulls are still the watermark for what all other future dynasties are going to be compared.
Is Golden State Better This Season? |
In NBA news, it's beginning to look like the defending champion Golden State Warriors have every intention of successfully defending its title. Three games into the season, they sit at 3-0 with three decisive victories that include an opening season win over the New Orleans Pelicans 111-95 followed by road victories over the Houston Rockets 112-92 and again over the Pelicans 134-120.
Oddly, the Warriors look much improved over last year's team that went a league best 62-20 during the regular season. It's possible given the fact they were a young team last year with a roster of players who were just finding themselves. It's beginning to look like they get it now, which is going to put the rest the league on notice.
Of course, this Warriors' team belongs to reigning league MVP Stephen Curry.
Stephen Curry's Encore Performance |
When the Golden States Warriors walked off with the 2014-2015 NBA Championship last June, conjecture immediately began regarding the future prospects for the team and its star players, league MVP point guard Stephen Curry and shooting guard Klay Thompson. Only three games into the 2015-2016 season, some of those questions are being emphatically answered.
To begin with, the Warriors have served notice that they intend to go undefeated through the entire season. Of course, that isn't going to happen, but decisive victories over the New Orleans Pelicans (111-95), Houston Rockets in Houston (112-92) and again over the Pelicans in New Orleans (134-120) has to have other teams in the league wondering. If it's possible for a team that finished 62-20 to come back the following season and be significantly better, than the rest of the league is surely in trouble and playing for runner-up status.
As for Curry, his performances this year have been nothing short of spectacular. The truth is he has turned the NBA into his own personal playground and he owns the ball. On the season, he is averaging 39.3 PPG (hello Wilt Chamberlain). He is shooting 58.8% from the field (mostly perimeter shots), 48.6% from beyond the 3-point line, and 95.5% from the charity stripe. As if that isn't a big enough contribution, he has also contributed 7.3 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. At this point in time, he has no rival to which he can be compared.
Game advertisement from Philadelphia Inquirer, 12/19/1946, for a game vs the Cleveland Rebels. The Warriors won the game 58-44.
2015 Warriors celebrate their title
1947 Warriors BAA championship ring
Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain
Al Attles drives by Gail Goodrich.