Golden State Warriors
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Conference Western Conference NBA Western Conference
Division Pacific Division
Founded 1946
History Philadelphia Warriors
San Francisco Warriors
Golden State Warriors
Arena Oracle Arena
City Oakland, California
Team Colors Royal Blue, California Golden Yellow, Slate
Media Comcast SportsNet Bay Area
Owner(s) Joe Lacob (Majority), Peter Guber
General Manager Bob Myers
Head Coach Steve Kerr
Uniform Sponsor Rakuten
D-League affiliate Santa Cruz Warriors
NBA NBA Championship logo 6 (1947, 1956, 1975, 2015, 2017, 2018)
Conference Conference Championship logo 10 (1947, 1948, 1956, 1964, 1967, 1975, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Division 6 (1975, 1976, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Retired numbers 6 (13, 14, 16, 17, 24, 42)
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The Golden State Warriors are an American professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. The Warriors compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league's Western Conference Pacific Division. The Warriors play their home games at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. The Warriors have reached ten NBA Finals, winning six NBA championships in 19471956197520152017 and 2018. Golden State's six NBA championships are tied for third-most in NBA history with the Chicago Bulls, and behind only the Boston Celtics (17), Los Angeles Lakers (16). As of 2017, the Warriors are the third most valuable NBA franchise according to Forbes, with an estimated value of $2.6 billion.

The team was established in 1946 as the Philadelphia Warriors based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a founding member of the Basketball Association of America (BAA). In 1962, the franchise relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and was renamed the San Francisco Warriors. In 1971, the team changed its geographic moniker to Golden State, California's state nickname. The team is nicknamed the Dubs as a shortening of "W's".

Wilt Chamberlain and Stephen Curry have both been named the NBA's Most Valuable Player while playing for the Warriors, for a total of three MVP awards. 18 Hall of Famers have played for the Warriors, while four have coached the team. Golden State holds the NBA records for best regular season with 73–9, best postseason with 16–1 (.941 winning percentage) and most wins in a season (regular season and postseason combined) with 88.

Home arenas

Franchise history

Philadelphia Warriors

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The Warriors were founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1946 as the Philadelphia Warriors, a charter member of the Basketball Association of America. They were owned by Peter Tyrrell, who also owned the Philadelphia Ramblers of the American Hockey League. Tyrrell hired Eddie Gottlieb, a longtime basketball promoter in the Philadelphia area, as coach and general manager. He named the team after an early professional team in the city.

Led by early scoring sensation Joe Fulks, they won the championship in the league's inaugural 1946-47 season by defeating the Chicago Stags, four games to one. (The BAA became the National Basketball Association in 1949.) Gottlieb bought the team in 1951.

The Warriors won their only other championship as a Philadelphia team in the 1955-56 season, defeating the Fort Wayne Pistons four games to one. The stars of this era in the team's history were Paul Arizin and Neil Johnston. In 1959, the team signed draft pick Wilt Chamberlain. Known as "Wilt the Stilt," Chamberlain quickly began shattering NBA scoring records and changed the style of play forever. On March 2, 1962, in a Warrior "home" game played in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Chamberlain scored 100 points against the Knickerbockers, a single-game record.

San Francisco Warriors

In 1962, Franklin Mieuli purchased the majority shares of the team and relocated the franchise to the San Francisco Bay Area, renaming them the San Francisco Warriors, playing most of their home games at the Cow Palace (located on the border between San Francisco and Daly City), though occasionally playing home games in nearby cities such as Oakland and San Jose. The Warriors won the 1963-64 Western Division crown, losing the NBA championship series to the Boston Celtics, four games to one.

In 1965, the Warriors drafted Rick Barry in the first round. Barry was named NBA Rookie of the Year in his first season, then led the Warriors to the NBA finals in the 1966-67 season, where the team lost (four games to two) to the team that replaced the Warriors in Philadelphia, the 76ers. Angered by management's failure to pay him certain incentive awards he felt he was due, Barry sat out the 1967-68 season, joining the Oakland Oaks of the rival American Basketball Association the following year. After four seasons in the ABA, Barry rejoined the Warriors in 1972.

With the opening of the Oakland Coliseum Arena in 1966, the Warriors began scheduling increasing numbers of home games at that venue. The 1970-71 season would be the team's last as the San Francisco Warriors. They changed their name to the Golden State Warriors for the 1971-72 season, playing almost all home games in Oakland. Six "home" games were played in San Diego during that season but more significantly, none were played in San Francisco or Daly City.

Golden State Warriors

The Warriors won their first championship on the West Coast in 1974-75. In what many consider the biggest upset in the history of the NBA, the Warriors defeated the heavily favored Washington Bullets in a four-game sweep. That team was coached by former Warrior Al Attles, and led on the court by Rick Barry, Jamaal Wilkes and Phil Smith. So little was felt of the team's chances in the playoffs, that the Coliseum Arena scheduled other events during the dates of the NBA finals. As a result, the Warriors did not play their championship series playoff games in Oakland; rather, they returned to the Cow Palace in Daly City.

Late 1980s-1994

After a subpar stretch in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the team had another successful string of wins in the late 1980s to early 1990s with the high scoring trio of point guard Tim Hardaway, guard Mitch Richmond, and forward Chris Mullin (collectively known as "Run T-M-C" after the rap group Run-D.M.C.). However, with then coach Don Nelson wishing to get frontcourt players to complement his run-and-gun system, made a trade that broke up the Run T-M-C core by sending Richmond to the Sacramento Kings for Billy Owens while bypassing Dikembe Mutombo, who was selected next by the Denver Nuggets. Nelson was brought to the team by Jim Fitzgerald, who owned the team between 1986 and 1995. The following year, 1993-94, with first-round draft pick and Rookie of the Year Chris Webber playing alongside Latrell Sprewell, the Warriors made the playoffs.

1995-1999: A period of struggle

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The season after that, however, saw a rift form between Webber, Sprewell and Nelson. All three soon left the team, and the organization went into a tailspin. 1994-95 was also the first season under team owner Chris Cohan. Former GM Garry St. Jean and Dave Twardzik receive much of the blame for the Warriors' struggles since then. St. Jean brought in several players, such as Terry Cummings, John Starks, and Mookie Blaylock, who were well past their primes. Twardzik drafted several flops, such as Todd Fuller (while Kobe Bryant was still available) and Steve Logan (who never played an NBA game). St. Jean did, however, draft the future 2-time NBA slam dunk champion Jason Richardson (from Michigan State), who would become a key player on the team until the end of the 2006-2007 season, when he was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats for their 1st round draft pick, Brandan Wright.


For a few years, with rising stars Antawn Jamison and guard Gilbert Arenas leading the team, the Warriors seemed like a team on the rise. In the end the young Warriors just did not have enough in the ultra-competitive Western Conference. After the 2002-03 season, Garry St. Jean's earlier mistakes of committing money to players like Kevin Outlaw, Adonal Foyle and Erick Dampier were painfully felt by Warriors fans when the team was unable to re-sign up-and-coming star Gilbert Arenas, despite Arenas's desire to stay in the Bay Area.

2004-2005: Troubles

After spending two years in the Warriors front office as a special assistant, Chris Mullin succeeded Garry St. Jean and assumed the title of Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations. Among his first moves were the hiring of three former teammates to help run the organization: Mitch Richmond (special assistant), Mario Elie (assistant coach) and Rod Higgins (General Manager). Mullin hoped to build the team around Richardson, Dunleavy, and Murphy--complementing them with experience in Derek Fisher, a free agent signed by Golden State after playing a key role on three championship Lakers squads, Calbert Cheaney, a playoff-tested sharpshooter and Adonal Foyle, an excellent shot-blocker who is perhaps better known for his off-court work as founder of the campaign finance reform organization, Democracy Matters. The team also drafted 7-foot center Andris Biedrins from Latvia (11th overall). At the 2005 trading deadline, Mullin further added to the team by acquiring guard Baron Davis, bringing the team its first "superstar" since Mullin himself.

2005-2007: Bouncing back

Warriors fans hoped that 2005-06 would finally be the season that the team ended their playoff drought. Despite the poor play of newly re-signed Mike Dunleavy, Jr. and the broken hand of first round draft pick Ike Diogu, the Warriors enjoyed a great start to the 2005-06 season. They entered the new year with a winning percentage over .500 for the first time since 1994, but lost their first five games of 2006 and managed to win only 13 more games through the end of March. Davis failed to remain healthy and played in just 54 games. He suffered a sprained right ankle in mid-February and did not return for long before being listed as an inactive player the remainder of the season. The injury-prone Davis has not played a full season since the 2001-02 campaign. Though Davis is widely considered a star player, he often found himself at odds with coach Mike Montgomery. On April 5, 2006, the Warriors were officially eliminated from playoff contention with a 114-109 overtime loss to the Hornets, extending their playoff drought to 12 seasons.

During the offseaseon, the Warriors rebuilt itself. First in the 2006 NBA Draft, the Warriors selected center Patrick O'Bryant with the 9th overall selection. They also traded Derek Fisher to the Utah Jazz for guards Devin Brown, Andre Owens and Keith McLeod, and signed training-camp invitees Matt Barnes, Anthony Roberson and Dajuan Wagner. Brown, Owens, Wagner, Roberson, Chris Taft and Will Bynum were all waived except Barnes who established himself in the rotation. Golden State also announced that it had bought out the remaining two years of head coach Mike Montgomery's contract and hired previous Golden State and former Dallas Mavericks coach Don Nelson to take over in his place.

Entering the 2006-2007 season, the Warriors held the active record (12) for the most consecutive seasons without a playoff appearance (see Active NBA non-playoff appearance streaks). The 2006-07 season brought new hope to the Warriors and the Warriors faithful. Fans hope that the Warriors will eventually find themselves among the NBA's elite with Don Nelson leading a healthy Baron Davis, an ever-improving Jason Richardson, and future stars Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins.

On January 17, 2007, Golden State traded Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy, Jr., Ike Diogu, and Keith McLeod to the Indiana Pacers for forward Al Harrington, forward/guard Stephen Jackson, guard Sarunas Jasikevicius, and forward Josh Powell.[1] Many Warriors fans praised GM Chris Mullin for the trade for getting rid of considerable financial burdens in Dunleavy and Murphy. The Warriors now sought to "run and gun" their way to the playoffs with a more athletic and talented team. On January 24, the Warriors won their first game with their revamped roster, with encouraging play from Monta Ellis, Al Harrington, and Baron Davis against the New Jersey Nets, ending dramatically on a buzzer beater from Ellis.

March 4, 2007 marked the turning point in the Warriors season. They suffered a 107-106 loss in Washington handing them their 6th straight loss when Gilbert Arenas hit a technical free throw with less than 1 second remaining. The loss dropped them to 26-35, a hole inspiring the squad to a point of total determination. On April 18, 2007, the Warriors clinched their first playoff bid since 1994 with a resounding 120-98 victory in their season finale at Portland. The Warriors closed out the regular season (42-40) with a 16-5 ending run.[2] During the run, they beat Eastern top seed Detroit Pistons 111-93, snapping their 6 game losing streak and notching their first win on the tail end of a back-to-back. The Warriors also ended the Dallas Mavericks's 17-game win streak with five players recording double digits.

2006-07 Playoffs: Making history

On April 22, 2007, the Warriors played their first playoff game in 12 years, and beat the Dallas Mavericks 97-85, holding MVP Dirk Nowitzki to just 4-of-16 shooting, making it 6 straight against the NBA best 67 game winners. But the Warriors were crushed by the Mavericks in Game 2 when both Baron Davis and Stephen Jackson were ejected from the game. Then the Warriors bounced back by winning both Game 3 and 4 at home, putting Dallas on the brink of elimination. A close Game 5 saw the Mavericks eke out a 6-point win of 118-112 to send the 3-2 series back to California. On May 3, 2007, the Warriors, with the help of their explosive third quarter, eliminated the Mavs and became the first #8 seed to beat a #1 seed in a seven-game series. This was the Warriors' first playoff series win in 16 years, and their first 7 game series win since 1976. The Warriors went on to play the Utah Jazz in the second round of the 2006-2007 playoffs.

Facing the Utah Jazz in the Conference Semifinals, The Warriors dropped two close games at EnergySolutions Arena to open the series. The Warriors had the chance to win both games late. In Game 1, Stephen Jackson missed a wide open 3 pointer that would have put the Warriors ahead with 6 seconds left. In Game 2, the Warriors led by 5 with 15 seconds left, but missed free throws allowed Jazz to tie the game and eventually win in overtime. The series then shifted to the Oracle Arena, where the Warriors won Game 3 in a convincing blowout. The Warriors went on to lose Game 4 at home, in what was their first loss in Oakland in well over a month. The Jazz closed out the Warriors in Game 5 in Salt Lake City. In the end, the physical play of the Jazz simply wore down the smaller Warriors.

2014-2015: Championship

The Warriors won their 4th title in franchise history during the 2014-2015 season. Stephen Curry won the NBA Most Valuable Player award this season. It also was Steve Kerr's first season as head coach. In the 2015 NBA Finals, the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games (4-2). Andre Iguodala was named Finals Most Valuable Player.

Season-by-season records

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, % = Percentage

Season W L  % Playoffs Results
Philadelphia Warriors (BAA)
1946-47 35 25 .583 Won First Round
Won Conference Finals
Won BAA Finals
Warriors 2, St. Louis 1
Warriors 2, New York 0
Warriors 4, Chicago 1
1947-4827 21 .563 Won BAA Semifinals
Lost BAA Finals
Warriors 4, St. Louis 3
Baltimore 4, Warriors 2
1948-4928 32 .355 Lost Conference SemifinalsWashington 2, Warriors 0
Philadelphia Warriors (NBA)
1949-50 26 42 .382 Lost Conference Semifinals Syracuse 2, Warriors 0
1950-51 40 26 .606 Lost Conference Semifinals Syracuse 2, Warriors 0
1951-52 33 33 .500 Lost Conference SemifinalsSyracuse 2, Warriors 1
1952-53 12 57 .174
1953-54 29 43 .403
1954-55 33 39 .458
1955-56 45 27 .625 Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
Warriors 3, Syracuse 2
Warriors 4, Fort Wayne 1
1956-57 37 35 .514 Lost Conference Semifinals Syracuse 2, Warriors 0
1957-58 37 35 .514 Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Warriors 2, Syracuse 1
Boston 4, Warriors 1
1958-59 32 40 .444
1959-60 49 26 .653 Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Warriors 2, Syracuse 1
Boston 4, Warriors 2
1960-61 46 33 .582 Lost Conference Semifinals Syracuse 3, Warriors 0
1961-62 49 31 .613 Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Warriors 3, Syracuse 2
Boston 4, Warriors 3
San Francisco Warriors
1962-63 31 49 .388
1963-64 48 32 .600 Won Conference Finals
Lost NBA Finals
Warriors 4, St. Louis 3
Boston 4, Warriors 1
1964-65 17 63 .213
1965-66 35 45 .438
1966-67 44 37 .543 Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Lost NBA Finals
Warriors 3, LA Lakers 0
Warriors 4, St. Louis 2
Philadelphia 4, Warriors 2
1967-68 43 39 .524 Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Warriors 4, St. Louis 2
LA Lakers 4, Warriors 0
1968-69 41 41 .500 Lost Conference Semifinals LA Lakers 4, Warriors 2
1969-70 30 52 .366
1970-71 41 41 .500 Lost Conference Semifinals Milwaukee 4, Warriors 1
Golden State Warriors
1971-72 51 34 .622 Lost Conference Semifinals Milwaukee 4, Warriors 1
1972-73 47 35 .573 Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Warriors 4, Milwaukee 2
LA Lakers 4, Warriors 1
1973-74 44 38 .537
1974-75 48 34 .585 Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
Warriors 4, Seattle 2
Warriors 4, Chicago 3
Warriors 4, Washington 0
1975-76 59 23 .720 Won Conference Semifinals
Lost Conference Finals
Warriors 4, Detroit 2
Phoenix 4, Warriors 3
1976-77 46 36 .561 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Warriors 2, Detroit 1
LA Lakers 4, Warriors 3
1977-78 43 39 .524
1978-79 38 44 .463
1979-80 24 58 .293
1980-81 39 43 .476
1981-82 45 37 .549
1982-83 30 52 .366
1983-84 37 45 .451
1984-85 22 60 .268
1985-86 30 52 .366
1986-87 42 40 .512 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Warriors 3, Utah 2
LA Lakers 4, Warriors 1
1987-88 20 62 .244
1988-89 43 39 .524 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Warriors 3, Utah 0
Phoenix 4, Warriors 1
1989-90 37 45 .451
1990-91 44 38 .537 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Warriors 3, San Antonio 1
LA Lakers 4, Warriors 1
1991-92 55 27 .671 Lost First Round Seattle 3, Warriors 1
1992-93 34 48 .415
1993-94 50 32 .610 Lost First Round Phoenix 3, Warriors 0
1994-95 26 56 .317
1995-96 36 46 .439
1996-97 30 52 .366
1997-98 19 63 .232
1998-99 21 29 .420
1999-00 19 63 .232
2000-01 17 65 .207
2001-02 21 61 .256
2002-03 38 44 .463
2003-04 37 45 .451
2004-05 34 48 .415
2005-06 34 48 .415
2006-07 42 40 .512 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Warriors 4, Dallas 2
Utah 4, Warriors 1
2007-08 48 34 .585
2008-09 29 53 .354
2009-10 26 56 .317
2010-11 36 46 .439
2011-12 23 43 .348
2012-13 47 35 .573 Won First Round
Lost Conference Semifinals
Warriors 4, Denver 2
San Antonio 4, Warriors 2
2013-14 51 31 .622 Lost First Round LA Clippers 4, Warriors 3
2014-15 67 15 .817 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
Warriors 4, New Orleans 0
Warriors 4, Memphis 2
Warriors 4, Houston 1
Warriors 4, Cleveland 2
2015–16 73 9 .890 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Lost NBA Finals
Warriors 4, Houston 1
Warriors 4, Portland 1
Warriors 4, Oklahoma City 3
Cleveland 4, Warriors 3
2016-17 67 15 .817 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
Warriors 4, Portland 0
Warriors 4, Utah 0
Warriors 4, Spurs 0
Warriors 4, Cleveland 1
2017-18 58 24 .707 Won First Round
Won Conference Semifinals
Won Conference Finals
Won NBA Finals
Warriors 4, Spurs 1
Warriors 4, Pelicans 1
Warriors 4, Rockets 3
Warriors 4, Cleveland 0
Totals 2,715 2,923 .482
Playoffs 175 151 .537

Head coaches

Coach Years active
Edward Gottlieb 1946-1955
George Senesky 1955-1958
Al Cervi 1958-1959
Neil Johnston 1959-1961
Frank McGuire 1961-1962
Bob Feerick 1962-1963
Alex Hannum 1963-1966
Bill Sharman 1966-1968
George Lee 1968-1970
Al Attles 1970-1980
Johnny Bach 1980
Al Attles 1980-1983
Johnny Bach 1983-1986
George Karl 1986-1988
Ed Gregory 1988
Don Nelson 1988-1995
Bob Lanier 1995
Rick Adelman 1995-1997
P. J. Carlesimo 1997-1999
Garry St. Jean 1999-2000
Dave Cowens 2000-2001
Brian Winters 2001-2002
Eric Musselman 2002-2004
Mike Montgomery 2004-2006
Don Nelson 2006-2010
Keith Smart 2010-2011
Mark Jackson 2011-2014
Steve Kerr 2014-Present


Players of note

Basketball Hall of Famers

Arizin, Fulks, Gola, Johnston and Phillip played all or most of their tenure with the Warriors in Philadelphia. Chamberlain's tenure was about evenly divided between Philadelphia and San Francisco. Lucas and Parrish were elected mainly for their performances with other teams. Thurmond and Barry are the only Hall-of-Famers who spent significant time with the team since the 1971 move to Oakland and the name change to "Golden State."

Meschery, Attles, Barry, Thurmond and Mullin are also members of the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.

Current roster

  • 30 - Stephen Curry
  • 11 - Klay Thompson
  • 35 - Kevin Durant
  • 23 - Draymond Green
  • 0 - DeMarcus Cousins
  • 2 - Jordan Bell
  • 4 - Quinn Cook
  • 32 - Derrickson Harris
  • 10 - Jacob Evans
  • 9 - Andre Igoudala
  • 21 - Jonas Jerebko
  • 15 - Damian Jones
  • 1 - Damion Lee
  • 34 - Shaun Livingston
  • 5 - Kevon Looney
  • 28 - Alfonzo McKinnie

Not to be forgotten

High points

Franchise leaders

  • Games - Chris Mullin (807)
  • Minutes Played - Nate Thurmond (30,729)
  • Field Goals Made - Wilt Chamberlain (7,216)
  • Field Goals Attempted - Rick Barry (14,392)
  • 3-Point Field Goals Made - Jason Richardson (700)
  • 3-Point Field Goal Attempts - Jason Richardson (2001)
  • Free Throws Made - Paul Arizin (5,010)
  • Free Throw Attempts - Paul Arizin (6,189)
  • Offensive Rebounds - Larry Smith (2,709)
  • Defensive Rebounds - Larry Smith (3,731)
  • Total Rebounds - Nate Thurmond (12,771)
  • Assists - Guy Rodgers (4,855)
  • Steals - Chris Mullin (1,360)
  • Blocked Shots - Adonal Foyle (1,090)
  • Turnovers - Chris Mullin (2,110)
  • Personal Fouls - Paul Arizin (2,764)
  • Points - Wilt Chamberlain (17,783)

Individual awards


Most Valuable Player

NBA Finals MVP

NBA Rookie of the Year

NBA Most Improved Player of the Year

NBA Excutive of the Year

NBA Coach of the Year


All-NBA First Team

All-NBA Second Team

All-NBA Third Team

Template:Column NBA All-Defensive First Team

NBA All-Defensive Second Team

NBA All-Rookie First Team

NBA All-Rookie Second



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