No. 3: Warriors Steal Baron Davis
Warriors Receive Baron Davis
Hornets Receive Speedy Claxton, Dale Davis
The Warriors had been stuck in a perpetual cycle of drafting bad players or letting their good ones go via trade. Davis was the first player to come to the Warriors and become a true franchise player after the Run TMC era.
As a Warrior, Davis averaged more than 20 points, eight assists, two steals and nearly five rebounds per game. That puts him next to Tim Hardaway and Sleepy Floyd as one of the best point guards to don a Warriors uniform.
Davis had a confidence and swagger that was welcome to a franchise and fanbase that was loyal and deserving of success. Despite being unapologetically Los Angelean, Davis managed to sneak his way into the hearts of Warriors fans.
The Jackson trade was the final piece to the “We Believe” puzzle, and the Bogut trade signalled the end of that era. The Davis trade was the one that sparked the belief in Warriors fans everywhere that their team was back in the race. Davis changed perception and reality in Golden State, and now, Golden State is a team high-caliber players like Andre Iguodala want to come to.