My college buddy Ryan Jacob CAE and I are always arguing back and forth about sports and whilst we are both fans of the Golden State Warriors, he is unfortunately a fan of the San Fran 49ers, something which I do not share with him. We are like peas in a pod to be honest, both studying politics and both of us would love to pursue a career in publishing sports news. Recently we had a debate which lasted over 4 hours, trying to decide the best players in the history of Golden State. We agreed on some, hugely disagreed on others, and it even almost got physical. Finally however, we have our top 3 picks, let me know what you think.
If there is a single Golden State Warriors fan, or even a basketball fan for that matter who fails to see that Wilt The Stilt Chamberlain is the best player to have ever graced this team, I would question their knowledge of the game. In the 5 years that Wilt spent here he averaged a ridiculous 41 points and 21 rebounds for the season, and won the NBA scoring championship in each of those years, scarier still is that those aren’t his best career figures. The greatest moment in his and our history is the game where Chamberlain scored 100 points, and the basketball world went crazy.
Often cited as a top 10 player rather than a top 3 player, I cannot look past Rick Barry for second place, and I was forced to turn defendant after Jacob refused to believe how good he was, thankfully I won. Barry was with the Warriors for 8 great years in the 70s and in1975 he lead the team to the coveted Championship. In each of his 8 seasons with the Warriors Barry was called into the All Star team and when you look at his stats it is easy to see why. Over his years with the Warriors Barry posted 25.7 PPG, 7.3 RPG and 5.1 APG, great figures but it was his 28 PPG and 6 APG in the Championship winning season which gets him to the lofty position of 2 in our list.
Third place was a toss up between Chris Mullin and Paul Arizin, but Chris just pipped it at the end. The contributing factor as to why Chris makes the cut, is thanks to his inclusion in the 91/92 All Star team, where he managed to get in a team with the likes of Pippen, Jordan, Rodman, Ewing, Robinson and Wilkens to name just a few. Mullin posted some brilliant averages during his 5 years with the Warriors and averaged 25.8 PPG, 5.6 rebounds and 90% from the line. Mullen was an important player for the Warriors and whilst he may not go down with the legendary status of his All Star teammates, here at Golden State, that status is secure.