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The 37 Greatest Warriors of All Time

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Win Shares is the aggregate total of player value at Basketball-Reference.  I've got two lists ready to go - the next one is the 100 greatest NBA players of all time, as calculated by Win Shares.  What I've done is add the regular season calculation to the playoff calculation (which Basketball Reference hasn't done, or else I'd just send you to that list) to come up with the number you'll see.

I'll talk a little more about that methodology when I get to that post (after the playoffs) but its the same here for this list - the 20 greatest Warriors of all time.  The years listed are the years each player was a Golden St or San Francisco or Philadelphia Warrior.  The number is the number of Win Shares earned by the player during those years.  The best season is the year with the highest total of Win Shares.  You'll note this list is not as competitive as is ideal.  Updated through 2014-15.  This is only a career value list; I'm not considering a per game value here. Every Warrior win 20 Warrior Win Shares is here.


1. Wilt Chamberlain C 1959-64 455 games
122.1
Best season: 1963-4 28.8, best season of his career was in San Francisco

2. Paul Arizin SF 1950-62 762 games
 116.2
 Best Season: 1951-52: 16

3. Neil Johnston C 1951-9 539 games
 94.3
 Best Season: 1953-54: 18.3

4.  Rick Barry SF 1965-7, 1972-8  708 games
94.2
Best season: 1966-7, 16

5. Chris Mullin SF 1985-97, 2000-1  840 games
81.7
Best season: 1990-1: 13

6. Nate Thurmond C 1963-74  811 games
72.7
Best season: 1966-7: 9

7.  Jeff Mullins SG 1966-76   793 games
66.3
Best season: 1968-9 10.1

8.  Stephen Curry PG 2009-  456 games
60.01
Best season: 2014-15: 19.6

9.  Tom Gola SG 1955-62 460 games
46.4
Best season: 1959-60: 11

10. Purvis Short SF 1978-87 642 games
42.4
Best season: 1984-5: 6.2

11. Tim Hardaway PG 1989-96  435 games
40.3
Best season: 1990-1: 11.1

12.  Al Attles PG 1960-71 773 games
38.4
Best season: 1963-64: 5.7

13. Larry Smith PF 1980-9 635 games
37.8
Best season: 1986-7: 6.4

14. Phil Smith SG 1974-80 469 games
35.6
Best season: 1975-6 11.3

15. Clifford Ray C 1974-81 589 games
35.5
Best season: 1975-6: 8.4

16. Joe Fulks PF 1946-54 520 games
32.6
Best Season: 1946-7: 19

17. David Lee PF 2010-  353 games
31.7
Best season: 2012-13: 9.2

1    18. Andres Biedrins C 2004-13 524 games
31.6
Best season: 2007-8:  8

19.  Joe Barry Carroll C 1980-8 501 games
30.9
Best season: 1982-3: 7

20. Tom Meschery SF 1961-67 494 games
30.4
Best Season: 1963-64: 8.7

21.  Sleepy Floyd PG 1983-8 396 games
28.8
Best season: 1986-7: 11.2

22. Clyde Lee C 1966-74  631 games
28.8
Best season: 1971-72: 6.1

23. Jason Richardson SG 2001-7  449 games
28.7
Best season: 2005-6: 7.3

24. Rod Higgins SF 1986-92, 94-5  445 games
28.5
Best season: 1988-9: 6.8

25. Latrell Sprewell SG 1992-8  403 games
27.9
Best season: 1996-7: 8.1

26. Sonny Parker SF 1976-82 462 games
27.3
Best season: 1978-9: 7

27. Guy Rodgers PG 1959-64 623 games
26.8
Best Season: 1960-61: 4.9

28. Antawn Jamison SF 1998-2003 336 games
25.2
Best season: 2002-03: 8.5

29. George Senesky PG 1946-52 514 games
24.8
Best Season: 1950-51: 6

30. Baron Davis PG  2004-08  238 games
24.5
Best season: 2006-07, 2007-08: 8.7

31. Klay Thompson SG 2011 - 346
24
Best season: 2014-15: 10.7

32. Jamaal Wilkes SF 1974-77 280 games
23.5
Best season: 1975-76: 9.1

33. Troy Murphy PF 2001-06  359 games
22.7
Best season: 2005-06: 6.5

34. Monta Ellis SG 2005-11  424 games
22.2
Best season: 2007-08: 9

35. Robert Parish C 1976-80 317 games
21.3
Best season: 1978-79: 7.1

36. Ron Williams PG  1968-73 407 games
21
Best season: 1970-71: 6.1

37. Cazzie Russell SF 1971-74 257 games
20.7
Best season: 1971-72: 7.6 


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