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Golden State Warriors: Ten Players You Should Know

Given the enormity of its size within and outside the United States, it's not surprising the Warriors have produced some of the biggest and the most famous basketball players to grace the game. From all-time greats in the past like Wilt Chamberlain and Rick Barry to present-day superstars like Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant – there have been a host of greats to have represented this elite team.

So without further ado, this article looks at ten of the most famous fighters affiliated with the Golden State Warriors.

Stephen Curry

To kick off our list is none other than Stephen Curry. Born in Akron, Ohio, Chef Curry is widely known as one of the greatest basketball players of all time and considered the finest shooter in the game's history. Since making his debut in 2009, Curry has been a four-time NBA champion, an NBA finals MVP, a two-time NBA MVP, and an eight-time NBA all-star member.

Recently, he was also in the 2022 NBA all-star MVP, and these are just on the surface of his list of accolades. Given that he is already in his mid-30s, the end is near for an illustrious career. And by the time that day eventually comes, he will retire as one of the greatest to have ever worn the Golden State Warriors jersey.

Klay Thompson

When you talk about Stephen Curry, the next person that comes to mind for any avid basketball follower is Klay Alexander Thompson. Popularly known as "the splash brothers," Stephen and Klay set a record for the most three-pointers in a season with a combined total of 484 points.

He currently holds the record for the most 3-pointers in a game (14), 4 NBA championships, and a 5-time NBA all-star membership.

Although his career in recent years has been plagued significantly by injuries, he has still done enough throughout his career to take a place on our list.

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is one of the most decorated basketballers to grace the game. Even though he spent less than five years with the Golden State Warriors, it would be a massive insult if we did not include him, given how much he accomplished. Signing for the warriors in 2016, KD won successive NBA championships in 2017 and 2018, taking home the MVP award in those finals.

He eventually departed from the warriors in 2019 after suffering an Achilles injury in the finals that year. He might not have been there for a long time, but he certainly made his mark in that time.

Wilt Chamberlain

Young readers might not be familiar with Wilt Chamberlain and what he accomplished in the sport. But ask any old head around, and the answer they would give is GOAT. During his time as a professional basketball player from 1958 to 1973, Chamberlain set standards that still stand today. He is the only player in NBA history to score 100 points in a single game. He is also the only player to average at least 30 points and 20 rebounds per game throughout his basketball career.

When you look at numbers like these, it is easy to understand how he makes our list.

Draymond Green

Perhaps the most underrated athlete in the NBA today and one of the most underrated in its history – Green is arguably the Warrior's most prominent player. His leadership skills, versatility, tenacity, and, most importantly, his defensive awareness have been the main reasons the Golden State Warriors are this successful.

If you read stats, He might not be your cup of tea, but his accolades speak for themselves. He is a four-time NBA championship winner, a four-time NBA all-star maker, and an NBA defensive player of the year, among other accolades.

Andrew Wiggins

He is definitely one for the newer generation among us. Imagine bursting into the scene with so much hype and potential, then not living up to it for years and being labeled a flop – only to prove the doubters wrong. It sounds like a fairy tale, right? Well, that’s the story of Canadian-born Andrew Wiggins.

After winning the NBA Rookie of the Year awards in 2015 and making the All-rookie first team of that same year – there was a lot of promise surrounding the young athlete. Unfortunately, he seemed to struggle to reach that potential. In recent years, especially after signing for the Warriors, he has found himself and is making good on his promise as a rookie.

Baron Davis

Baron Davis is among the most creative and technical players in the history of the NBA, and he deserves a shout-out on this list.

Although he spent only three years with the Golden State Warriors, and the team mostly underperformed, his performances as an individual were nothing short of outstanding. Throughout his stay with the Golden State Warriors, he averaged a remarkable 20.2 points per game and 8.1 assists per game. Add this to his playoff performances, which led an 8th-seeded team to beat a 1st-seeded team for the first time in history, and Baron Davis' name on our list becomes more justified.

Jordan Poole

At just 23 years of age, it might be surprising to see Jordan Poole making this list, but regardless of his years, his potential is certainly something to monitor.

Unlike most others on our list, Poole certainly had to do things the hard way. Barely three years ago, he played in the G-league with Santa Cruz warriors, where he impressed and was a member of the NBA G-league third team. His performances didn't go unnoticed, and in 2021, he was scouted and integrated into the Golden State Warriors, and he played a crucial role in the team winning the championship.

He also led the NBA in free throw percentages for the 2021-2022 season.

Rick Barry

When a jersey number is retired in your name, it is more than a clear sign of your contributions to that team. Rick Barry was one of the most prolific goalscorers of all time. During his playing career, he averaged over 36 points per game in NBA finals – this is the most of any player in the history of the NBA.

While playing for the Golden State Warriors, he won an NBA championship, was an NBA finals MVP, and made the NBA All-Star Team 3 times. He did all this while suffering from a recurring knee injury.

He would have achieved much more if he remained fully fit and spent more time playing for the Warriors.

Andre Iguodala

Last on our list, but certainly not the least, is Andre Iguodala. Having burst onto the scene in 2005 after being on the NBA All-Rookie first team, very few players have achieved what Iguodala has achieved since then.

He won 4 titles in 8 years with the Golden State Warriors, was a finalist MVP in 2015, and was on the NBA All-Star Team in 2012.

He was also a member of the United States National team that won Gold at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2010 FIBA World championship.

Even though his recent years have come with inconsistency and inevitable decline, his quality and performances throughout the years are more than enough to guarantee him a place on our list.

Conclusion

We might stop at just ten names, but it could easily be 25 or 50. You will hardly find a team in NBA history that has witnessed the wide range of stars and potential stars the Golden State Warriors have produced over the years.

As the last true dynasty left, you can’t deny that there is something exceptional about this team.

This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!