Golden State Warriors Statistics
The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. They are part of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Early History of the Warriors
The team was first established in 1946, as the Philadelphia Warriors, where the franchise won the championship in the inaugural season of the Basketball Association of America (BAA), the league that would eventually become the National Basketball Association. In 1962, the franchise was relocated to San Francisco, California and became known as the San Francisco Warriors, until 1971, when its name was changed to the current Golden State Warriors. The team has played all of its home games in the Oracle Arena since 1966, with the exception of a one-year hiatus.
Golden State Warriors NBA Championship Record
Along with their inaugural championship win in the 1946-1947 season, the Warriors have won two others in the team's history, including another in Philadelphia after the 1955-56 season, and one as Golden State after the 1974-75 season, making it tied for 6th in the NBA in number of championships.
Improving Statistics in Golden State Warriors Basketball
The Warriors enjoyed a great start to the 2005-06 season, entering the new year with a winning percentage for the first time since 1994, but they managed to win only 13 more games through the end of March. On April 5, 2006, the Warriors were officially eliminated from playoff contention with a 114-109 overtime loss to the Hornets, extending their playoff drought to 12 seasons.
Entering the 2006-07 season, the Warriors held the active record for the most consecutive seasons without a playoff appearance. During the 2006 off-season, Golden State announced that it had bought out the remaining two years of head coach Mike Montgomery's contract and hired previous Golden State coach Don Nelson to take over in his place.
The Golden State Warriors in the 2007 Playoffs
Led by Baron Davis, an ever-improving Jason Richardson, and future stars Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins, the Warriors closed out the regular season (42-40) and qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1994. Expectations of a short series were immediately dashed by Golden State's Game 1 victory in Dallas. The Mavericks came back to win Game 2 to tie the series at a game apiece, but the Warriors won both Game 3 and Game 4, with a huge lift from the Warriors' home crowd at the Oracle Arena. A close Game 5 saw the Mavericks eke out a 118-112 victory to send the 3-2 series back to California. In Game 6, the Warriors used a third-quarter 18-0 run to eliminate the Mavericks and become the first #8 seed to beat a #1 seed in a seven-game series in one of the biggest upsets in NBA playoff history.
The Warriors went on to play the Utah Jazz in the second round of the 2007 playoffs, where they dropped two close games at EnergySolutions Arena to open the series. The series then shifted to the Oracle Arena, where the Warriors won Game 3 in a convincing blowout. The Warriors went on to lose Game 4 at home, in what was their first loss in Oakland in well over a month. The Jazz closed out the Warriors in Game 5 in Salt Lake City.
Recent Statistics for the Warriors: 2007-2010
The Golden State Warriors faced difficulties in remaining a playoff contender. The Warriors opened the 2007-2008 season with six straight losses, but Monta Ellis' rise, Baron Davis' solid injury-free season, and an overall improvement in chemistry brought the Warriors back into playoff contention. Nonetheless, the Warriors were officially eliminated from the 2008 Western Conference Playoffs, despite having a 48-34 season.
The Warriors had a disappointing 2008-2009 season, finishing 29-53. The Warriors' head coach Don Nelson often had to make adjustments to the starting lineups since many of the original starters missed games due to injuries.
In 2009-2010 the Warriors had another injury-prone year, as the Warriors were unable to consistently field their ideal starting lineup. The Warriors finished the season 26-56, fourth in the Pacific Division.
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