Warriors fans don’t need to be reminded of their sparing success since the new millennium.
Aside from the “We Believe” year in 2007 where the eighth-seeded Warriors beat the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks, there have been numerous miserable seasons as few as 17 wins to complement six seasons of less than 30 wins. But, as players legacies are often defined by playoff success, half of this list is composed of members from the We Believe team.
B/R featured columnist Dave Leonardis ranks the Warriors as the fourth-best fan base in basketball in between perennial contenders like the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks.
Here is a list of the top-10 players to hit the court at Oracle Arena since 2000.
Note: Statistics include entire years when players also played for teams other than the Warriors (ie Monta Ellis playing for the Warriors and Bucks in 2011-12).
12.3 PPG/12.0 RPG in 2003-04
22.7 PPG/5.9 RPG/4.1 APG in 32 games for the Warriors in 2000
Gilbert Arenas —
15.6 PPG/4.0 RPG/5.3 APG in two seasons as a Warrior
19.7 PPG/3.3 RPG/4.4 APG in 2008-09
16.4 PPG/5.3 RPG/3.0 APG in 2010-11, started all 82 games
10. Troy Murphy
Points per game: 11.2
Rebounds per game: 8.0
Assists per game: 1.3
Troy Murphy was never a particularly glamorous player but he got the job done. It always seemed like when the Warriors were in need of a three pointer to stop the bleeding , either Murphy or Mike Dunleavy was there to at least temporarily quell the onslaught.
Sadly, Murphy left in the middle of the 2007 season and was a member of the Indiana Pacers when the Warriors defeated the Mavericks in the playoffs.
9. Al Harrington
Points per game: 16.6
Rebounds per game: 6.0
Assists per game: 1.7
Al Harrington is one of those in-between players that created excellent mismatches. Harrington was kind of a hybrid like Dirk Nowitzki and Lamar Odom, possessing the ability to succeed at the power forward position and occasionally the small forward if necessary.
A pivotal part of the 2007 team that made a playoff run for the first time since 1975, Harrington was a fan favorite who was known for draining three pointers.