13 Players the Golden State Warriors signed past their prime

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2. Larry Kenon

Kenon started his career in the ABA where he was an All-Star in each of his first three years. The merger brought him to the NBA in 1976, and he instantly became a star. He made two All-Star appearances in his first four years as the 6’9 forward averaged 21.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.7 steals in 36.3 minutes per game.

The Spurs let him walk in free agency in 1980, and it was the start of the decline for Kenon. The 6’9 forward’s minutes dipped below 30 per game for the first time in his career in 1981, and the drop off happened quickly. The Bulls waived him in Nov. of 1982, and Golden State was eager to take a chance on the five-time All-Star.

His time in the Bay Area lasted just 11 games. Kenon averaged 3.7 points and 2.4 rebounds in 11.0 minutes per game, and it was clear that he did not have much left in the tank. The Warriors sold his contract to the Cavaliers after one month, and Cleveland waived him in March as his struggles continued.

Larry Kenon was only 30 years old, but that was his final NBA season. He was past his prime and had a short stay with the Golden State Warriors, but a legend wore their uniform.