When Kevin Durant throws on his Golden State Warriors uniform and steps out onto the hardwood for the first time, he’ll automatically be one of the best to play for the team. He’s probably the greatest scorer in league history. Unfortunately, all his accolades predate his arrival in the Bay Area.
If Durant can pump out another season like the ones that he’s had his whole career, then he’ll find himself on this list soon enough. If he can help bring the Dubs a title and start a dynasty, then he will catapult himself to the top pretty soon. He’s a special, Hall of Fame talent with an opportunity to make a lasting impact on the franchise. He just hasn’t done anything yet.
World B. Free
When I drafted up my original list, I actually had him in the top twenty-five. Upon further inspection, I determined that he should probably go on this part and I’d bump someone else up. But Free does deserve a mention.
He played just two seasons with the Warriors, but he was spectacular. He averaged 23.4 points per game on nearly 45 percent shooting from the field. He was the leading scorer on a solid Dubs team that finished 45-37 in the 1981-82 season. He didn’t lead the Warriors to the playoffs and was only on the team for two seasons, but he was exciting.
The 1994 Rookie of the Year could have really been special in Golden State if he hadn’t clashed with head coach Don Nelson. He averaged 17.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game in his one year with the Warriors. He helped lead them to the playoffs, but they were swept by Charles Barkley’s Phoenix Suns. Unfortunately, he didn’t want to buy into what Nelson was selling and the Warriors were forced to trade him away.
Guy Rodgers didn’t make the list just because of numbers. He was one of the best facilitators in franchise history. He holds the record for most assists in franchise history and is sixth in minutes played. He played eight seasons from 1958-1966. Unfortunately, he wasn’t enough of a scorer to warrant putting him in the top 25.
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