Top 5 Point Guards in Golden State Warriors Franchise’s History
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5. Guy Rodgers
The man who pretty much created the point guard position for the franchise was Guy Rodgers. From 1958-66, he led the Warriors to the playoffs four times with one NBA Finals appearance in that mix. Rodgers’ play-making ability led him to be known as one of the league’s best ball-handlers back in the day. His franchise record in assists (4,855) still stands to this day. During the 8 seasons he had endured with the Warriors franchise, Guy Rodgers averaged 12.8 points, 8.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds per contest. His biggest weakness unfortunately was his lack of efficiency as he averaged a very pedestrian 37 percent from the floor. Beyond though, there is no doubt he deserves a spot on this list.
4. Sleepy Floyd
Besides his four years in Oakland, Sleepy Floyd had a very average career. He averaged 12.8 points, 5.4 assists and 1.2 steals on 44.4 percent shooting over his 13 year career but what matter is what he did in Golden State. During his time with the Warriors, he was one of the best point guards and most electrifying players in the NBA. Floyd averaged 17.7 points, 6.7 assists and 1.7 steals on 46.8 percent shooting with Golden State, and turned those numbers up even higher to post back-to-back seasons with a PER above 20 in 1985-86 and 1986-87.
The only other Warriors’ PG’s to ever have two seasons at that level are the players coming up soon on this list. What cements Floyd’s spot in the top 10, however, is what he did in the 1987 playoffs. His averages of 21.4 points, 10.2 assists and 1.8 steals are one thing, but his 50.7 FG percentage, 46.4 3P percentage and 92.2 FT percentage are hard to fathom. After carrying Golden State into Round 2, Floyd set a still-NBA record in Game 4 with a 29-point fourth quarter against the LA Lakers. His time in Golden State is still vastly underrated to this day.
3. Baron Davis
Baron Davis was not drafted by Golden State but he spent what was the middle and prime of his career in Oakland. His numbers as a Warriors were astounding: 20.1 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 8.1 APG and 2.1 SPG. That barely begins to explain how great Davis was during that stretch, however. His strength, defensive ability and clutch shooting made him one of the top players in the NBA during that time. He was also the unquestioned leader of the 2006-07 team that became the first ever No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in a seven-game series. Remember that epic series against Dallas? His 25.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 6.5 APG, 2.9 SPG and 51.3 FG percentage during those playoffs are enough to call it one of the greatest Warriors’ playoff performances of all-time. Throw in his Round 2, Game 3 dunk over Andrei Kirilenko (widely considered one of the greatest dunks in postseason history), and you got a top 3 point guard in franchise history.