The Golden State Warriors is an American Professional basketball team that competes in the National Basketball Association in the league’s Western Conference Pacific Division. The team is based in Oakland, California and plays their home matches at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. The Warriors have reached 9 NBA Finals and winning 5 of them in the seasons 1947, 1956, 1975, 2015, and 2017. The team comes as the 3rd most valuable team in the NBA with an estimated worth of $2.6 billion according to Forbes.
The team was first formed in 1946 as Philadelphia Warriors located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and from 1962 the team relocated to San Francisco Bay Area and consequently renamed the San Francisco Warriors. However, in 1971 the franchise altered its geographical moniker to Golden State, a name derived from California’s state nickname, a name it maintains till today. The team’s colors are the Royal blue, California golden yellow, and slate with the current president as Rick Wells, general Manager being Bob Myers, the Head coach being Steve Kerr, and is owned by Joe Lacob with majority shares and Peter Guber.
The Golden State Warriors are nicknamed the Dubs as a short form of the W’s, and the franchise has a total of three MVP Awards through Wilt Chamberlain and Stephen Curry who have been named the NBA's most valuable players while they were playing for the Golden State Warriors. The other notable achievements of the franchise include eighteen Hall of Famers who were players and four who have coached the team. The team also boast of holding the NBA records for the Best Regular Season having 73 – 9 with the most wins in a season in addition to 88 in 2015 to 2016 seasons, together with the best postseason of 16 – 1 with a .941 winning percentage in the 2016 to 2017 seasons.
The team has so far won 5 NBA Championships in 1947, 1956, 1975, 2015, and 2017, as well as 9 Conference Titles 3 while they were in the Eastern Division in 1947, 1948, and 1956 together with 6 while competing in the Western Division in 1964, 1967, 1975, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Furthermore, the franchise has won 5 Divisional Titles in 1975, 1976, 2015, 2016, and 2017. The team has also retired six numbers including 13, 14, 16, 17, 24, and 42. The team’s major rivalry has been with the Cleveland Cavaliers. They normally train at Rakuten Performance Center in Oakland, California.
Some of the team’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame members include Andy Phillip, Ton Gola, Joe Fulks, Paul Arizin, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry Lucas, Nate Thurmond, Rick Barry, and Neil Johnson. Others are Robert Parish, Chris Mullin, Jamaal Wilkes, Ralph Sampson, Bernard King, Guy Rodgers, Mitch Richmond, Sarunas Marciulionis, and Jo Jo White. Some outstanding players who have played for the team include Stephen Curry who won the Most Valuable player in 2015 and 2016, Kevin Durant who won the NBA Finals MVP in 2017, Wilt Chamberlain who was the NBA Scoring Champion between 1960 and 1964, as well as Draymond Green the All NBA Third Team in 2017.