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Assembling the Golden State Warriors’ All-Time Starting Lineup

Assembling the Golden State Warriors' All-Time Starting Lineup

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Some of the game's greatest players have played for the Golden State Warriors. Although the Warriors have had great individual players like Rick Barry, Chris Mullin and Wilt Chamberlain, the franchise hasn't had much postseason success recently. But what would happen if you could create a starting lineup that features the greatest Golden State players. These five players would be in mine. Who would be in yours?

5. PG: Tim Hardaway

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5. PG: Tim Hardaway

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As one-third of "Run TMC" in the early 1990s, Tim Hardaway turned the Warriors into one of the most exciting teams in the NBA. Hardaway made three All-Star appearances with Golden State and in the 1991 playoffs, Hardaway led the No. 7 seed Warriors to an upset over David Robinson and the No. 2 seed San Antonio Spurs. With the Warriors, he reached 5,000 points and 2,500 assists faster than any other NBA player except Oscar Robertson.

4. SG: Chris Mullin

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4. SG: Chris Mullin

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The second and last member of "Run TMC" to make this starting lineup, Chris Mullin is not a prototypical shooting guard, but on this team he is. Mullin was a sniper from the perimeter, making 571 three-pointers with Golden State. Mullin was a five-time All-Star, part of the 1992 U.S. Olympic "Dream Team" and led the Warriors to five consecutive postseason appearances from 1988-93.

3. SF: Rick Barry

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3. SF: Rick Barry

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Rick Barry led the Warriors to their last championship in 1975, and is among the best small forwards in NBA history. Barry was an eight-time All-Star, the 1966 NBA Rookie of the Year Award winner and the 1967 NBA All-Star Game MVP. In the 1975 NBA Finals, Barry led the Warriors to a shocking sweep over the favored Washington Bullets, averaging 28.2 ppg during the postseason and was named NBA Finals MVP.

2. PF: Nate Thurmond

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2. PF: Nate Thurmond

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The greatest Warrior to never win a championship, Nate Thurmond was a great big man who was overshadowed by the likes of Chamberlain and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Thurmond averaged over 20 points a game for five of his seasons with the Warriors and was a seven-time All-Star. In 1967, Thurmond led the Warriors to the NBA Finals, but lost in six games to Wilt's Philadelphia 76ers, one of the best teams ever.

1. C: Wilt Chamberlain

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1. C: Wilt Chamberlain

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Wilt Chamberlain started his career with the Warriors, and although he couldn't bring a championship to the franchise, he put up dominant statistics that won't be matched anytime soon. Chamberlain was an All-Star in each of his five seasons with the franchise and in the 1961-62 season, Chamberlain averaged 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds per game. Also that season, he scored 100 points in a single game against the New York Knicks.

Brian Kalchik is a Detroit Lions writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.