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The Top Seven Players in Golden State Warriors History

The Warriors’ Finest: Celebrating the Best Players in Golden State History

With more than 70 seasons in team history, the list of triumphs attributed to the Golden Warriors gets more extensive as their roster becomes stronger. The franchise, which was originally based in Philadelphia before relocating to San Francisco, has captured seven NBA championship titles, seven conference titles, and twelve division titles.

The Golden State Warriors are the reigning NBA Champions, however, this team comes from a long line of superb athletes that not only shaped the team’s culture but contributed to making it thrive in the basketball universe.

The Top Seven Players in Golden State Warriors History
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Below, we’ve broken down the top seven Golden State Warriors based on individual stats, titles, and achievements. Let’s begin.

7. Kevin Durant | #35 | Point Forward

KD played for the Warriors for three seasons. Basketball experts point out this move was a perfect roster fit for Durant as he joined arguably the best backcourt in NBA history: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

As a Warriors wing, Durant averaged 25.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 5.4 assists. In 2018, KD set a franchise record by scoring 25 points in the fourth quarter, contributing 41 points in GSW’s 128-120 win over the Knicks. While KD played with the Golden State, the team averaged  114.8 points per possession.

His playoffs and Finals appearances have been remarkable as well. In every NBA Finals he played for the Golden State, KD scored at least 30 points in a game, averaging 28.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg,  and 7.5 apg. He won consecutive NBA titles for the franchise while earning two MVP Finals awards.

Kevin Durant | Infobae

6. Klay Thompson | #11 | Guard

Klay Thompson is a Warrior at heart, he has played only for the Warriors over his career.

Throughout his nine-season career with GSW — he missed two seasons due to injuries — Thompson averaged 19.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. He played in five All-Star games and won four NBA championships.

Thompson has showcased his skills through 3-point shooting prowess, and supreme shooting abilities. Here are his best franchise records:

  • In 2016, he reached a career-high by scoring 60 points in only three quarters (29 minutes) versus the Indiana Pacers.
  • In 2018, he scored 14 3-pointers pointers on 24 attempts from behind the arc versus the Chicago Bulls.
  • He set an NBA record by scoring 37 points, which included 9-9 3-pointers in one quarter, in 2015. The Warriors won 126-101 over the Sacramento Kings.
  • In the 2016 NBA Playoffs, he set a career mark by scoring 11 3-pointers against the Oklahoma Thunders.

5. Baron Davis | #5 | Point Guard

Before the rings, championships, and countless records, ong before the franchise became a dynasty, the Warriors were the ultimate NBA underdog.

The team didn’t reach the playoffs for 18 seasons until they went over the obstacle through major roster moves.


Baron Davis was traded to the Warriors in 2005 from New Orleans, becoming part of the historic “We Believe” squad.

Davis led the team to the 2006-07 seasons playoffs. The Warriors were  No. 8 in the standings and faced the No.1 Dallas Mavericks in the seven-game series where they upset the Mavs. This was the first time in NBA history that an eighth position defeated the best team in the league. These series were the most memorable games in the franchise’s history.

Davis was selected NBA All-Star only two times and while he didn’t win any championships or held any other impressive records, he broke a paradigm in the team’s mindset and believed the Warriors are built to win.

4. Nate Thurmond | #42 | Center

Nate Thurmond logged a stellar 11-season career with the Golden State Warriors, however, his achievements are often overshadowed because he played at the same Chamberlain-Russell were leading the NBA headlines. Nonetheless, Thurmond was one of greatest defensive players in the ’60s and ’70s.

Back then, centers ran the NBA and Thurmond had the skill set that constituted an elite basketball center: he delivered a balanced mix of offense and defense competency, rebounding mastery, shot-blocking skills, and a team player approach to the game. With the GSW, He averaged 15.0 mpg, 15.0 rpm, and 2.7 apg.

While Thurmond did not win any championships, he did make it to the finals in two seasons with the Warriors. He averaged 20.5 rebounds, 12.8 points, and 2.4 assists in the NBA Finals. 

He participated in seven NBA All-Star games and was named five times to the NBA All-Defensive first or second team. In 1985, he became a Hall of Fame inductee and he was listed among the 50 best players in NBA history.

Nate Thurmond | ESPN

3. Rick Barry | #24 | Small Forward

Rick Barry was an elite basketball player who, as well as Nate Thurmond, is oftentimes underrated. Barry was a tough one, temperamental, and as he stated himself, his lack of tact made several enemies and created troubles with his teammates.  However, he was a remarkable basketball player.

Rick was the first overall pick for the San Francisco Warriors in the 1965 NBA Draft. During his first season, he averaged 27.7 points per game, which landed him the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in addition to making the All-Star Team. He displayed fantastic finishing skills around the rim, was a marvelous shooter, and hit 89.3% of his free throws. Barry famously shot them underhanded.

Barry did leave the Warriors for the American Basketball Association in his career, playing in the other league from 1968-72 before returning.

In 1967, Barry scored 55 points in Game 3 of the NBA Finals versus the Philadelphia 76ers. That regular season he led the league in scoring at  35.6 points per game.

In 1975, Rick Barry and the Golden State Warriors won the NBA Championship. His play in a sweep of the Washington Bullets earned him the Finals MVP Award.

    • Rick Barry Profile.

2. Stephen Curry | #30 | Guard

For many basketball experts and enthusiasts, Stephen Curry might one day be recognized as the greatest Warrior of all time. The three-time MVP joined the franchise in 2015 and since has contributed massively to the team’s success with four NBA championships (2015, 2017, 2018, 2022) and five appearances in the NBA Finals.

Curry is a playmaker, sharp scorer, and of course, a record-breaker. In 3-pointers, Curry leads the record in the NBA passing Hall of Famer Ray Allen. In fact, Curry is widely recognized as the best 3-point shooter in league history. He has connected on 3,117.

Curry is the all-time leading scorer for the Warriors. He topped Wilt Chamberlain’s 17,783 points and now has 20,064 points. In assists, he passed Guy Rodgers becoming the Warriors’ all-time assists leader with 5,388 assists.

1. Wilt Chamberlain | #13 | Center

The Hall of Fame center played for 5 1/2 seasons with the Warriors. He made the absolute most of his time by achieving extraterrestrial career marks. Chamberlain averaged 41.5 points, 25.1 rebounds, and 3.0 assists during his debut.

In 1962, he delivered his most outstanding and historical performance, scoring 100 points against the New York Knicks. Chamberlain set the record for the most points scored in a single game in NBA history. The Warriors won 169-147 over the Knicks. Additionally, to check out more specific information about the NBA props available for the Magic vs Bucks matchup.

He holds another record that still stands. He holds the highest scoring average in a season with 50.4 points per game with a total of ​​4,029 points in the 1961-1962 campaign.

Until this day, Wilt Chamberlain is the best rebounder in NBA history, winning the title 11 times in his career. In his 1960-61 season with the Warriors, he had the most rebounds with a total of 2,149.

Some might think Chamberlain shouldn’t be listed as a top Warrior player as he did not win any championships, however, his personal attainments are mind-boggling.

Wilt Chamberlain | Twitter

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