How the Warriors Became the Best Team in NBA History

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The Warriors have been the league’s best team for five years now, but they haven’t always been this good. Just like any other team in the NBA, the Warriors went through rough patches and plenty of years not making the playoffs. So how was the greatest team of all time created? After taking the NBA by storm and taking down the number one seeded Mavericks. The Warriors were then led by Stephen Jackson, Baron Davis, and Monta Ellis who all averaged over 20 points per game. The Warriors did end up losing in the second round to the Utah Jazz. This year marked the first time the Warriors made the playoffs since the 1994 season. This got many fans excited for the year to come and can hopefully continue to make the playoffs the next year. That wasn’t the case the following year. The Warriors lost one of their top scorers in Baron Davis and finished the year at 29-53 and earning the 7th pick in the NBA draft. They lacked that one star player that you need in order to succeed in the NBA and win an NBA title.

Prior to the 2009 season, the Warriors decided to clean out their whole front office by firing Chris Mullen and hiring Larry Riley, while hiring Bob Myers to take over the team effective immediately. Riley and Myers had their first big decision ahead of them with the 2009 draft fast approaching. In the draft, they decided to select Stephen Curry. This couldn’t have been a better step in the right direction for a franchise lacking firepower, as the guard from Davidson was just that. Their lineup was looking improved with Steph immediately entering the starting lineup. In November the Warriors let go a big piece of their past in Steven Jackson who was a key player in the We believe season two years before. “I just want to go somewhere and win a championship,” Jackson said. The Warriors had another disappointing year finishing with a record of 26-56 and earning the 6th pick in the draft, taking Ekpe Udoh. This pick was Riley and Myers’ first miss as Udoh was nothing more than a role player on the team.

The Dynasty

Shortly after the draft, the Warriors traded for all-star big man David Lee from the New York Knicks. It was the Warriors first all-star since Latrell Sprellwell in 1997. Arguably the biggest reason for the Warriors becoming a dynasty was when Joe Lacob and Peter Guber bought the team for 450 million (now worth 3.8 billion). The Warriors did improve in 2011 finishing with a record of 36-46, but still not good enough to get back to the playoffs. On June 6th the Warriors hired Mark Jackson as their new head coach. The Warriors then proceeded to draft future all-star Klay Thompson with the 11th pick in the draft. Suddenly, the Warriors were looking like a team with a solid future to it. The just like that Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh were traded for Andrew Bogut. This puzzled many Dubs fans as Ellis has been the teams best player for quite some time. The next NBA season was shortened due to the lockout, the Warriors again under-performed mainly due to Curry missing over half the season from ankle injuries and finished the year at 23-43. Then come April 12th, 2012 and the Warriors promoted Bob Myers to General Manager. Myers’ first move as the GM he gave Stephen Curry 4 year worth up to 44 million dollars. Almost everyone during this time was saying how idiotic of a deal this was, but the deal turned out to be one of the friendliest team contracts in NBA history. The 2012 draft was another splash for Myers drafting Harrison Barnes in the first round, to go along with future all-star Draymond Green in the second round. That year the Warriors finally got back to the playoffs thanks to the emergence of the Splash Bro’s (Klay and Steph) finishing with a record of 47-35. They got past the Nuggets but ended up falling to the Spurs in the playoffs. Even though the Warriors lost Jarret Jack and Carl Landry they made up for it by signing Andre Iguodala.

This upcoming year the Warriors really became a threat winning 51 games but lost to the Clippers in the first round. It was a disappointing end to an otherwise great season by the Dubs. Mark Jackson was fired shortly after the Warriors first-round exit to the Clippers. This was another surprising move by the front office as Jackson had done well taking the team to the playoffs both years he was coaching. Although most fans didn’t agree with this decision they quickly changed their mind when they hired Steve Kerr who was apart of the 96’97 Bulls team. The 2014-2015 season was the season of Steph Curry averaging 24 points 8 assists and winning his first MVP, and leading the Warriors to the best record in the NBA. This year the Warriors had no problems in the Playoffs and ended up beating the Cavaliers to win the NBA finals. The following season the Warriors finish with the BEST record of all time at 73-9. Curry again winning MVP this year unanimously and averaging almost 5 more points. Some call this the best season a player has ever had. The playoffs were not as friendly to the Warriors as they were the year before as they quickly fell behind the Thunder 3-1. The Dubs come storming back though winning the series in 7 games. The Warriors were looking like the favorites to win another championship after being up 3-1, but LeBron James and Kyrie Irving come all the way back and bring the title for the first time to Cleveland. If the Warriors win that series against the Cavaliers they do not sign Kevin Durant, this was one of the most depressing things to go through as a fan of the Warriors. Once KD signed it almost made me forget all about the season before as the Warriors cruise to another NBA championship. In fact the next year the Warriors win the finals again going back to back and winning the finals in 2/3 years. This off-season the Warriors added another all-star DeMarcus Cousins to the team. It is looking like another championship run for this team and I can confidently say that the Warriors have had the best dynasty in all of the NBA as well as the best team, and let’s hope they can bring a third consecutive championship back to the bay.

 

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