Golden State Warriors' all-time starting 5
How many of the current Golden State Warriors make this list?
Golden State Warriors, formerly known as the Philadelphia Warriors, are tied with the San Antonio Spurs for the fourth spot in terms of most franchises to win NBA Championships. With the top three being - Boston Celtics (17), Los Angeles Lakers (16) and the Chicago Bulls (6).
Obviously, neither of these teams can catch up with the Celtics or the Lakers, two of the most successful franchises in NBA history but either team could displace the Bulls from the third spot with a couple more championships. And right now, the Warriors seem like they could win those pair of championships much before the Spurs can.
Having said that, Golden State hasn't had a lot to cheer in the year prior to their Finals appearance in 2015. In fact, the 2015 Finals appearance was the first since they had last won the title in 1976. On the flip side, however, under new ownership and how their 2017 offseason has gone, the Warriors are primed for a long ride at the top.
The Philadelphia Warriors were one of the original teams the NBA (or BAA) began with. Therefore, this is quite a prestigious franchise and today we have a look at their all-time starting five:
#5 Center - Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain is considered among the greatest NBA centers of all time and with the Warriors not having any other center as prolific as him, this was a no-brainer. He played six years for the team from 1959 to 1965, before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers (the new name of the Syracuse Nationals).
A majority of his individual achievements came while with the Warriors in Philadelphia. In six seasons for the team, he played 429 games with averages of 41.5 points and 25.1 rebounds.
In terms of individual honors, Chamberlain has four MVPs to his name which included three consecutive from 1965-68. He is also a two-time NBA Champions, both came with the Lakers, a franchise he played for 1968 to 1973.