Golden State Warriors Details
The Warriors formed in Philadelphia, PA in 1946. The team won two NBA Championships in Philadelphia, and it was as a member of the Philadelphia Warriors that Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in a single game—a record that will likely never be broken. The Warriors moved to California in 1962, at first calling themselves the San Francisco Warriors before changing the name to encompass the whole state of California.
The modern Warriors have made three consecutive appearances in the NBA finals and have put together some of the best teams in NBA history. 2015 and 2016 league MVP Steph Curry is arguably the best shooter of all time and holds the NBA record for the most three point shots made in a single season with 402. Curry’s record is an incredible 126 more than the next-best player: his teammate, Klay Thompson, who made 276 three pointers in 2015-16, the same year Curry set his record.
You can probably guess that the Warriors were good in the 2015-16 season. Curry, Thompson, and Draymond Green led the team to break a record set by Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls and had the best regular season in NBA history, winning 73 games and losing only 9. They made it to the NBA finals against the Cavaliers and took a 3-1 lead in the series, but they were not able to defend their title from the year before, as LeBron James and the Cavs came back to take the series in seven.
The Warriors could have left their team alone and still been favorites for the next year’s title. Instead, they added the top free agent of last summer, signing elite small forward Kevin Durant. The Warriors’ regular season performance went down slightly (67-15), but the team lost only one game in the playoffs and won an NBA Finals rematch against the Cavs. Durant was the MVP of the 2017 Finals.
The defending champions play in Oakland, California in Oracle Arena. The Warriors plan to move back to San Francisco by 2019 and will play at the Chase Center.