Golden State Warriors: Top 20 Draft Picks in History

March 23, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; 1975 NBA Championship Golden State Warriors team members Clifford Ray (left), Rick Barry (center), and Jamaal Wilkes (right) address the media in a press conference before the game between the Warriors and the Washington Wizards at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
March 23, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; 1975 NBA Championship Golden State Warriors team members Clifford Ray (left), Rick Barry (center), and Jamaal Wilkes (right) address the media in a press conference before the game between the Warriors and the Washington Wizards at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /
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7. Paul Arizin

There is likely very few people reading this who have seen Paul Arizin play, but if you were lucky enough to have seen this 6’4″ forward from Philadelphia, you would know what makes him not only a Warrior great, but an NBA great.

Arizin was at the forefront of revolutionizing the game of basketball into the game we know today with the inclusion of the jump shot into the mainstream. Another player drafted by the Warriors using the good ol’ territorial selection, the Philly native played for his hometown team for each of his ten seasons. Although he missed two full seasons to serve in the Korean War, Arizin is still 3rd in points scored in Warriors franchise history.

Arizin made the All-Star team every single year that he suited up including All-Star MVP in 1952, and among a host of other honors was a two-time NBA scoring champion. Arizin also helped lead the Warriors to their 2nd title in 1956, a year where he was the team’s leading scorer.

Arizin holds career averages of 22.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in over 700 games. Paul was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978 and was named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players in 1996.