For the past five years, the Golden State Warriors have dominated the NBA. The Warriors went to five straight NBA Finals winning three. In 2016, the team finished the regular season with a 73-9 record, which is currently the best record in NBA history.
The Warriors from 2015-2019 were a special group of players and formed a dynasty. Throughout NBA history, the Warriors had its share of struggles. The team had its low and high points. Right now, injuries have plagued the Warriors, and most of the players from those teams during those five years have found new teams or have retired.
A lot of players have come and gone through the organization, but wait until you take a look at these players who you may not have remembered played for the Warriors.
Do you remember these five players played for Golden State?
Kent Bazemore (2013-14)
Bazemore spent his first two years in the league playing with the Warriors. Known for his shooting ability, his role of the bench was to give the second unit a three-point option. Though his playing time was limited, he made the most of his efforts playing behind the splash brothers in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
Richard Jefferson (2012-13)
Jefferson’s time in Golden State was limited, and he did not add much value to the team. A veteran in the league at the time, Jefferson could not find a role in the lineup and struggled both seasons with the team. He did not pan out too well with the Warriors, and it was apparent the team wanted to let him go.
Derek Fisher (2004-06)
After losing in the 2004 NBA Finals to the Detroit Pistons, Fisher decided to leave the Los Angeles Lakers and move on to another California team. Fisher signed a six-year $37 million contract with the Warriors. Fisher did not stay the full six years leaving after two. But, his second year playing for the Warriors was a good year for himself as he averaged 13.3 ppg, which is the most points he’s averaged in his career.
Nick Van Exel (2003-04)
Van Exel spent one year with the Warriors toward the end of his career. It was evident that the guard was nearing retirement when he was traded to the Warriors. This was not the same guard who was an all-star with the Lakers. Van Exel played in 39 games in his lone season with the Warriors, who won a total of 37 games. He did average 12.6 points and 5.3 assists, but the Warriors were not a fan of the former Laker.
Jarrett Jack (2012-13)
Jack only played one season with the season, but that season was an important one, which helped lead to the Warriors dynasty. Jack was a key contributor off the bench for a team that made the playoffs for the first time in five years. He averaged 12.9 points and 5.6 assists per game and served as a beneficial backup to Stephen Curry. That season Jack finished third in the Sixth Man of the Year voting. He helped build a Warriors team that would go on to win multiple championships in the future.
Playing for the Warriors
Taking a look at those players that played for the Warriors lets you see that this team went through its growing pains to get to where they were when they won those three championships. You have to go through the tough times to have success in some circumstances.
Those five players did not have a chance to win a championship with the Warriors, but they can always say they played for an organization that’s considered to have one of the best teams in the history of the NBA.