5 Greatest Golden State Warriors To Ever Play In The NBA All-Star Game
Golden State Warriors
NBA All-Star Weekend is finally here. Some players are going to be using this time to rest up for the second half of the season. Many others are going to have a long weekend ahead of them with the many various festivities.
Friday features the Celebrity Game and the Rising Stars Competition. Saturday has the All-Star Contests: the Shooting Stars Competition, The Skills Competition, the Three Point Shootout, and the Dunk Contest. Sunday culminates it all with the All Star Game.
This brings us to the historical aspect of the weekend, Sunday’s All-Star Game. Many of the league’s legends have made their name by playing in this game quite frequently. The point here is to dig into a team’s history to figure out who the greatest players to ever play in the NBA All-Star Game for a certain team are. In order to make the choices, a player must have made the NBA All-Star Game while being a member of that team.
This one is devoted to the Golden State Warriors. We know all about the current team and the “Splash Brothers.” They’re one of the best teams to watch play basketball right now, because their fast paced style is very fan friendly. What if I told you that Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are just the latest in a great line of players to dawn a Warrior jersey?
Here are the five greatest Golden State Warrior players to ever take part in the NBA All-Star game as a member of the organization. Trust me, making these selections was not easy at all.
Tim Hardaway, Chris Mullin, Jamaal Wilkes
It speaks to the type of company that you're in when current and future Hall of Fame basketball players don't make the first cut on a top five list for a team they were famously playing for. The Warriors are just one of the few teams in the NBA that Mullin, Hardaway and Wilkes won't top the list for because of the elite players that came before them.
5. Jerry Lucas
Jerry Lucas is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. He is known for being one of the league's most tenacious rebounders, and his career average on the glass (15.6 rpg) puts him high on the career rebounding list. Though he is better known for his time with another team, his career was revitalized upon joining the Warriors. He helped them return to the postseason and was a one time All-Star with the team (seven overall).
4. Paul Arizin
Paul Arizin, also a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, was one of the more prolific scorers of his time. His entire NBA career was spent in a Warrior uniform. During that time, he helped lead the team to an NBA title and was named to 10 All-Star teams.
3. Rick Barry
Voted as one of the 50 greatest players of all time, Rick Barry deserves to be higher on the rankings, depending on how you view the two individuals ahead of him. His play was nothing short of fantastic his entire career; check his numbers. Barry put up 64 points in one game and he had two stints with the organization. These two stints garnered him a championship and eight All-Star nominations, and he is also a member of the prestigious Basketball Hall of Fame.
2. Nate Thurmond
Follow me with this one. Nate Thurmond was on the team with Wilt Chamberlain, the most demanding big man in the history of the sports. Until he left, Thurmond was either in the power forward spot next to him, or was his backup center. Further down the road, he was teamed with Rick Barry. He had two Hall of Famers with him. Imagine the numbers he would've single-handedly put up if he was the main guy for most of his career. Just to give you an example of how good Thurmond was, he was the first documented NBA player to attain a quadruple double -- he was a seven time All-Star as well.
1. Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain's number are insane no matter how you think about the way he played the game. Selfish, or unselfish, averaging 50 ppg for an entire season speaks for itself. He was just too dominant to let anybody take this top spot from him. A Hall of Famer, two time NBA champ, and thirteen time All-Star, Chamberlain will go down as one of the top players in league history, regardless of position. His position here is a no brainer.