The Golden State Warriors were one of the NBA’s original teams as the Philadelphia Warriors. Though they have been one of the NBA’s worst teams in recent seasons, the Warriors have won three titles including basketball’s first ever championship in 1947. Leading the best players in Golden State Warriors history is Hall of Famer and scoring legend Wilt Chamberlain.
The best player in Golden State Warriors history, Wilt Chamberlain put up some of the most ridiculous numbers in NBA history. Though he only played six seasons with the Warriors, he is the team’s all-time leading scorer with 17,783 – an average of 41.5 points per game. He added 25.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. His 1961-62 scoring average of 50.4 points per game is the highest in NBA history; he holds the three highest single season scoring averages and the highest scoring game in league history with a 100-point performance in 1962. He is the greatest rebounder in NBA history, both in total (23,924) and average (22.9). Chamberlain won four NBA MVP Awards, made ten All-NBA teams, two All-Defensive Teams, and 13 All-Star teams.
One of the best players in Golden State Warriors franchise history, Rick Barry spent eight seasons in two separate stints with the team. In his Warriors career, Barry averaged 25.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game; his 16,447 points as a Warrior are second to Wilt in team history. Though best known for his unorthodox free throw shooting, Barry was an elite player, earning spots on ten All-NBA and All-ABA teams in his career and making a combined 12 All-Star teams. In 1987, Rick Barry was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
An all time great at crashing the boards and one of the best players in Golden State Warriors history is center Nate Thurmond. In his 11-year Warriors career, Thurmond averaged 17.4 points, 16.9 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. Blocks were not officially counted until his final season in Golden State, when he averaged 2.9 per game; were they tallied throughout his career, he would rank among the all-time leaders. He is the Warriors all-time leading rebounder with 12,771; he ranks fifth on the team’s all-time scoring list. He has the unique distinction of having recorded the first quadruple-double in NBA history in a game in 1974; only three more have been accomplished since. Nate Thurmond was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985.
A member of some of the earliest Warriors teams, Paul Arizin played from 1950 to 1962, spending his entire career with the Warriors. Arizin averaged 22.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, leading the league in scoring twice and field goal percentage once. While averaging 29 points per game in the playoffs, he led the second Warriors team to win the NBA Finals in 1956. Paul Arizin made ten All-Star games and is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
The longest tenured player in Golden State Warriors history and one of the team’s best players, Chris Mullin spent 13 seasons and played 807 games for Golden State. Throughout his career with the Warriors, Mullin frequently found himself among the leaders in points, steals, and shooting percentages. He ranks in the top 100 in NBA history in career field goal percentage (.509, 67th), free throw percentage (.866, 23rd), three point percentage (.384, 63rd), points (17,911), and steals (1,530, 33rd). Chris Mullin made five All-Star games and four All-NBA teams.
Among other top players in Golden State Warriors franchise history are Joe Fulks, World B. Free, Mitch Richmond, Joe Barry Carroll, Robert Parish, Jerry Lucas, Tom Gola, Neil Johnston, Jeff Mullins, Tim Hardaway, Latrell Sprewell, Baron Davis, Jason Richardson, Stephen Jackson, and Antawn Jamison.