No. 9: Chris Mullin
Somehow the Golden State Warriors have managed to draft some of the very best shooters in NBA history, and Chris Mullin was no exception. The Warriors drafted Mullin, a Wooden-award winner at St. John’s in college, with the No. 7 pick in the 1985 NBA Draft. The 6’6″ wing would go on to play 12 seasons with Golden State, then make a late-career stop with the Indiana Pacers, finally playing his last season back with the Warriors in 2000-01.
Mullin was a true iron man, five times playing every game in a season and twice leading the league in minutes, including a whopping 41.3 minutes per game in both 1991-92 and 1992-93. He was an absolute sniper despite entering the league at a time when shooting wasn’t as emphasized. Mullin shot 86.5 percent from the free-throw line for his career and hit 38.4 percent of his 3-pointers.
Were Mullin to have entered the league 20 years later than he did, his volume likely would have tripled from outside. As it was he was the perfect running mate to interior players, famously pairing with Glenn Robinson and Tim Hardaway to form “Run TMC” and make a lot of noise in the Western Conference in the early 1990s.
Across his 16-year career, Mullin made five All-Star squads and four All-NBA teams. He ranks 83rd for his career in points and 46th in steals, and when you add in his contributions to the Dream Team at the 1992 Olympics, it’s no wonder that Mullin is a Hall of Famer and checks in at No. 9 on our list of the best players to ever play for the Warriors.