- NBA Championships: 6
- Last NBA Championship: 2018
- Claim to Fame: The Warriors set the all-time record for most regular season wins in 2015-16 when they racked up 73 victories.
- Claim to Shame: The Warriors lost the 2016 NBA Finals despite having a 3-1 series lead over the underdog Cavaliers.
Champagne showers and championship parades are nothing new for the Warriors, who won their first title in 1947 in the now defunct BAA. The franchise joined the fledging National Basketball Association three years later and added subsequent championships in 1956 and 1975.
The ensuing years were not so kind to Golden State and its fanbase. The Warriors missed the playoffs from 1978-1986 and again from 1995-2006. Those dark days were marked by 17-win seasons, empty stands, and player revolts. The low point came in 1997 when All-Star guard Latrell Sprewell choked head coach PJ Carlesimo during a practice.
Golden State took the first step towards building another championship contender in 2009 when it selected Davidson junior Steph Curry with the seventh pick in the NBA Draft. The baby-faced guard averaged 17.5 points per game in his rookie season and overcame early injury issues to win back-to-back NBA MVP trophies.
Curry led the Warriors to their fourth title in 2015 and guided Golden State to an NBA best 73-9 regular season record the following season. The Warriors didn’t win the title that year, but they did win the following two thanks to the addition of Kevin Durant. The four-time scoring champ raised his game to a new level against LeBron James and the Cavaliers, earning NBA Finals MVP honors in 2017 and 2018.
Golden State is bringing back the same sensational core this season and has added four-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins to man the middle. The former Pelican is still nursing a torn Achilles heel, but is expected to be ready to rumble early in the New Year. Once he does return, the Warriors will become the first team since the 1975-76 Celtics to roll out a starting five featuring players who appeared in the previous year’s All-Star Game. Oh, and in case you were wondering, Boston won the Finals that year.