The Golden State Warriors have fielded some of the best rosters in the entire history of the NBA. As a matter of fact, their infamous “Death Lineup” aka “Hamptons 5” of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala is arguably the greatest five-man lineup this league has ever seen.
As a result of all the superstars on their team, it’s easy to forget some of the “lesser-known” guys that actually also sported a Warriors uniform. We’re not only talking about the 2010s but as a matter of fact, there are more than a few players in the past which you may have completely forgotten actually played for the Dubs at one point in their respective careers. Below are our Top 5 forgotten guys.
Chris Webber had an illustrious 15-year career in the NBA, which included a Rookie of the Year win, five All-Star appearances, and five All-NBA team selections.
Webber is probably most remembered for his stint with the Sacramento Kings during the late 1990’s/early 2000s, but what you may have completely missed is the fact that he was actually drafted by the Warriors.
After a celebrated college career, Webber was selected first overall by the Orlando Magic but was quickly traded to the Warriors on draft night (for Anfernee Hardaway who went third in the same draft, along with some future draft picks).
Webber’s stint with the Warriors was short-lived, though, with the team sending him to the Washington Bullets after a tremendous rookie campaign. As fate would have it, Webber ended up finishing his career in Oakland, rejoining the Warriors in 2008 as a free agent. He played just eight games during that second stint with Golden State, before finally calling it a career.
Derek Fisher is a five-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers and is without a doubt most well known for being the backcourt partner of the late, great Kobe Bryant. As a matter of fact, Fisher was a prominent figure for LA in all five of Kobe’s championships.
What may be a forgotten fact for some is that Fisher actually parted ways with LA a few years after that first three-peat. In 2004, he signed as a free agent for the Warriors, where he played for two seasons before being traded to the Utah Jazz.
Fisher eventually rejoined the Lakers in 2007, to play alongside Bryant again.
Did you know that the great Wilt Chamberlain’s record-setting 100-point performance was in a Warriors uniform? Go ahead, Google it. His jersey bore the name “Phila,” which is obviously short for Philadelphia, but in case you missed it, the 7-foot-1 legend was actually playing for the Philadelphia Warriors at that time.
Chamberlain entered the league in 1959 in what was a territorial selection type of draft, and the first team he ever played for was the Warriors. In 1962, the Warriors moved from Philadelphia t San Francisco, and became the San Francisco Warriors. It wasn’t until 1971 that the team officially became the Golden State Warriors.
As for Chamberlain, he eventually made the move to the Philadelphia 76ers, with the Warriors opting to trade him in 1965.
When talking about some of the greatest Boston Celtics players of all time, you cannot not include Robert Parish in the conversation. The Hall of Famer played 14 memorable seasons with the C’s, which resulted in no less than four NBA titles.
However, what may come as a surprise for some is how Parish actually started his career with the Warriors. It was actually Golden State that drafted a 23-year-old Parish in 1976 as the eighth-overall pick.
Parish played four seasons for the Warriors before he was traded to Boston — a deal that in hindsight, was quite terrible for Golden State. Parish flourished in Boston and became an All-Star in just his first season (his first of nine) with the Celtics.
Last but certainly not least we have Gilbert Arenas, who aside from his many controversial moments on and off the court, is most recognized for his time with the Washington Wizards. However, the 6-foot-3 point guard actually started his career with the Golden State Warriors — as the 31st overall pick in the 2001 draft.
Prior to his All-Star-caliber level of play and his gun-wielding ways, Arenas played two years with the Warriors. He averaged 15.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.5 steals in two seasons prior to being allowed by the Warriors to walk away as a free agent in the summer of 2003. Arenas signed with the Wizards, and the rest, as they say, is history.
As you may have noticed, the Warriors do have a knack of letting some great players get away from their grasp. Thankfully for them, all their past mistakes have been overshadowed by their unprecedented success in the 2010s.