Golden State Warriors are an American professional basketball team based in the San Francisco Bay Area 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 nine NBA Finals, winning five NBA championships in 1947, 1956, 1975, 2015 and 2017. Golden State’s five NBA championships are tied for fourth-most in NBA history with the San Antonio Spurs, and behind only the Boston Celtics , Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls . 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 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 and most wins in a season (regular season and postseason combined) with 88 in 2015–16, as well as best postseason with 16–1 winning percentage in 2016–17.
Golden State Warriors were founded in 1946 as the Philadelphia Warriors, a charter member of the Basketball Association of America. They were owned by Peter A. Tyrrell, who also owned the Philadelphia Rockets of the American Hockey League. Tyrrell hired Eddie Gottlieb, a longtime basketball promoter in the Philadelphia area, as coach and general manager.The owners named the team after the Philadelphia Warriors, an old basketball team who played in the American Basketball League in 1925.
The Fantastic Four Era
Golden State Warriors – On July 4, 2016, Kevin Durant announced he would leave the Oklahoma City Thunder in order to sign a two-year contract with the Golden State Warriors.On July 7, Durant signed his contract, which gave the Warriors a fourth All-NBA player on their team.The Durant signing made the Warriors the prohibitive favorites to win the NBA championship, according to oddsmakers.
Golden State Warriors posted many notable achievements during the 2016–17 regular season. On November 7, 2016, Stephen Curry set the NBA record for most 3-pointers in a game with 13, in a 116–106 win over the Pelicans.On December 5, 2016, Klay Thompson scored 60 points in 29 minutes, in a 142–106 victory over the Pacers. In doing so, Thompson became the first player in NBA history to score 60 or more points in fewer than 30 minutes of playing time.Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson were all named to the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, making the Warriors only the eighth team in NBA history to have four All-Stars.On February 10, 2017, Draymond Green recorded a triple-double with 12 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 steals, becoming the first player in NBA history to post a triple-double with fewer than 10 points.On March 2, 2017, the Warriors’ streak for most games without back-to-back losses ended at 146 with a 94–87 loss to the Chicago Bulls. The streak eclipsed the previous record of 95 held by the Utah Jazz.
Golden State Warriors earned home-court advantage throughout the 2017 playoffs, thanks to a 2016–17 regular season record of 67–15. They were the first team in NBA playoff history to start 12–0, defeating in order the Trail Blazers, the Jazz, and the Spurs. The 2017 Finals once again pitted the Warriors against the Cavaliers, becoming the first time in NBA history that two teams met in the Finals for three consecutive years. The Warriors won the championship after going 4–1 in the Finals, and their 16–1 playoff record garnered the best winning percentage (.941) in NBA playoffs history.
After the Golden State Warriors announced that they were uncertain if they would make the customary visit to the White House by playoff champions, President Donald Trump rescinded his invitation. The team still planned to travel to Washington, D.C. to “celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion.” Planned activities include meeting with local youth and a visit to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
Move from Oakland back to San Francisco
In April 2014, Golden State Warriors began the purchase process for a 12-acre site in Mission Bay, San Francisco, to hold a new 18,000-seat arena which is expected to be ready for the 2019–20 NBA season, with construction to begin in early 2016.The sale was finalized in October 2015. The location was selected after an original proposal to construct the arena on Piers 30 and 32, just south of the Bay Bridge, met with vocal opposition due to concerns about traffic, environmental impacts and obstruction of views. The new location, which still faces some vocal opposition in San Francisco, apparently eliminates the need for any voter approval, which would have been required with the original site. Some type of waterfront park is planned across from the projected arena, which will be located at an already-existing Muni T-Third stop. The Central Subway, planned to open in 2018, may provide a direct connection between the new site and the downtown Powell Street Muni/BART station. Although the Warriors considered a concurrent name change, possibly returning to their former name of San Francisco Warriors – Golden State Warriors , it was ultimately decided that they would remain the Golden State Warriors upon their return back to San Francisco. On January 27, 2016, it was announced that the Warriors’ new arena would be called Chase Center as part of an agreement with JPMorgan Chase.
|2017-18 TEAM LEADERS|
|PPG||Kevin Durant, SF||26.4|
|RPG||Draymond Green, PF||7.6|
|APG||Draymond Green, PF||7.3|
|FG%||Kevin Durant, SF||51.6|
|FT%||Stephen Curry, PG||92.1|
|3P%||Klay Thompson, SG||44|
|BLOCKS||Kevin Durant, SF||119|
|STEALS||Draymond , PF||95|
|MPG||Klay Thompson, SG||34.3|