To celebrate the fifteenth birthday of FanSided I decided to compile the greatest moments from the Golden State Warriors over the last 15 years.
This wasn’t an easy task; the Golden State Warriors have had no shortage of success over the last ten years, being named the best franchise of the decade by numerous sources.
There were plenty of choices to pick from, making it difficult to decide on so few choices. For the purpose of making this short and sweet; here are the honorable mentions
Snatching up the 73rd win of the 2015-16 season against Memphis.
This is an iconic moment in not just Golden State’s history, but in NBA history as well. This game broke the record, previously held by Michael Jordan’s 1995-96 Bulls, for most wins in a regular season.
Stephen Curry led the way in that game with 46 points and ten three-pointers made. It was as if the pressure of history had no effect on him at all.
Signing Kevin Durant in the 2016 offseason.
The Warriors were fresh off of an embarrassing loss in the NBA Finals and were looking for more weapons as high-flying forward Harrison Barnes was unlikely to resign with Golden State.
The Warriors were incredibly fortunate, as all of their star players were on small contracts and there was a large spike in cap space that year.
All of these combined made it possible for the Warriors to sign MVP and NBA75 team member Kevin Durant.
This directly led to three more Finals appearances, going two for three in that span. They seemed unbeatable for the majority of that time.
Drafting one of the greatest players of all-time in Stephen Curry.
The Warriors were without a franchise point guard throughout the 2008-09 season as Baron Davis following their elimination from the playoffs the year prior.
While Monte Ellis and Andris Biedrins both played very well, the Warriors only finished 29-53. Very disappointing to say the least.
Luck was on their side though as the 2009 NBA draft was stacked to the brim with talent. Stars ranging from James Harden to Blake Griffin to even DeMar DeRozen were all available in this draft.
The Warriors ended up with the seventh overall pick in this draft, not amazing on the surface but it would soon prove to be better than anybody could have expected.
Four guards were picked in the top six and a fifth was to be selected by the Warriors as they brought home the prize of the draft, a six-foot-three combo guard from Davidson, Stephen Curry.
Curry would go on to become one of the greatest players to ever play the game, winning two MVP awards and being honored on the NBA75 team.