No. 3: Warriors Shake Up Roster
Warriors Receive: Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington
Pacers Receive Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy
Jackson was one of the last players involved in the Malice at the Palace brawl left on the Pacers’ roster. Though there was much uncertainty attached to the trade, it’s undeniable that Jackson helped spark one of the greatest teams in Warriors’ history.
When the trade was made, the Warriors were 19-20. They had hovered around .500 for nearly three months when the trade was made, and though their record does not necessarily show it (they went 22-20 the rest of the season), their improvements were vast.
The Warriors were a god-awful defensive team for the entire season, but their offense improved significantly when the trade was made. Jackson gave the Warriors a versatile swingman that was unafraid of becoming the team’s star player. The Warriors broke their 12-year streak of missing the playoffs that season and became the first eighth seed ever to beat a first seed in the best-of-seven format.
Jackson eventually became known as “Captain Jack,” and helped the Warriors to a 48-34 record in 2007-08. Despite missing the playoffs in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, the Warriors’ run of two consecutive seasons over .500 is remembered as one of the most exciting things to watch in the NBA during the time.