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The 20 Greatest Golden St. 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 Golden St. Warriors of all time.  The years listed are the years each player was a Golden St or San Francisco (but not 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 2012-13.  This is only a career value list; I'm not considering a per game value here. 


    1.  Rick Barry SF 1965-7, 1972-8 (8 seasons)
94.1
Best season: 1966-7, 16

2.       Chris Mullin SF 1985-97, 2000-1 (13 seasons)
82.7
Best season: 1990-1, 13

3.       Nate Thurmond C 1963-74 (11 seasons)
72.8
Best season: 1966-7, 7.9

4.       Jeff Mullins SG 1966-76 (10 seasons)
66.1
Best season: 1968-9 10.1

5.       Wilt Chamberlain C 1962-5 (2.5 seasons)
56.2
Best season: 1963-4 28.8, best season of his career was in San Francisco

6.       Purvis Short SF 1978-87 (9 seasons)
42.4
Best season: 1984-5 6.2

7. Stephen Curry PG 2009- (5 seasons)
40.5
Best season: 2013-14 14.1

8.       Tim Hardaway PG 1989-96 (6.5 seasons)
40.3
Best season: 1990-1 11.1

9.       Larry Smith PF 1980-9 (9 seasons)
35.7
Best season: 1986-7 6.4

10.       Phil Smith PG 1974-80 (6 seasons)
35.6
Best season: 1975-6 11.3

11.   Clifford Ray C 1974-81 (7 seasons)
33.6
Best season: 1975-6 8.4

12.   Andres Biedrins C 2004-  (9 seasons)
31.6
              Best season: 2007-8 8

13.   Al Attles PG 1962-71 (9 seasons)
31
Best season: 1963-4 5.7
14.   Joe Barry Carroll C 1980-8 (7.5 seasons)
29.7
Best season: 1982-3 7

15.   Sleepy Floyd PG 1983-8 (4.5 seasons)
28.8
Best season: 1986-7 11.2

16.   Rod Higgins PF 1986-92, 94-5(7 seasons)
28.4
Best season: 1988-9 6.8

17. David Lee PF 2010- (4 seasons
28.2
Best season: 2012-12 9.2

18.   Latrell Sprewell SF 1992-8 (6 seasons)
28
Best season: 1996-7 8.1

19.   Sonny Parker SG 1976-82 (5 seasons)
27.3
Best season: 1978-9 7

20.   Jason Richardson SG 2001-7 (6 seasons)
26.8
Best season: 2005-6 7.3




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