The 3 Best Trades In Golden State Warriors' History

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No. 3: Warriors Steal Baron Davis

Warriors Receive  Baron Davis

Hornets Receive  Speedy Claxton, Dale Davis

May 6, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Baron Davis (85) reacts on the court against the Miami Heat during the first half of game four in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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  • Federico Rocha

    I would have made the Bogut trade number one. Not because it is largely responsible for re-shaping last year’s team but because to evaluate the Davis or Stephen Jackson trades you really have to look at them together.

    Individually I don’t think they had the impact of the Bogut trade which paved the way for Curry to take over and Thompson to step up. It changed the culture from one where we just played a glorified game of ‘HORSE’ to one where we actually try to implement offensive balance and make an effort to stop people defensively.

    Time will tell about the lasting impact of the Bogut trade but it looks good so far.

    An interesting article would be to trade year to year player transactions. As you mention, so much has to be considered with cash considerations, draft picks, etc that often times the beauty is found not just in the initial players of a trade but the draft rights, ability to resign existing players, etc. It all fits together like a big puzzle.