In a span of five years, the Warriors turned themselves in to a modern-day NBA dynasty. With salary cap restrictions and a tough Western conference, Golden State still found a way to win three championships in 2015, 2017 and 2018 with Finals appearances in 2016 and 2019. While Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala are the familiar names, here are a few guys who deserve more credit for their contributions.
3. Harrison Barnes
Although Barnes was only there for the first title, his development was key to the Warriors’ success. As the team’s starting small forward, he developed himself into a 3-and-D wing that is always sought after in the league. Also, without his departure to Dallas, there is no way Golden State gets KD. Barnes deserves credit for his production and also being the sacrificial lamb in the Bay.
2. Jordan Bell
Bell is a name that gets little to no recognition during the Warriors run. Being that the center position was always a revolving door, Bell provided a spark for Golden State’s bench. An undersized big man who knew his role, Bell came in and provided good minutes whenever called upon by head coach Steve Kerr. His athleticism and hustle on both ends of the floor made him a valuable component for Golden State.
1. Shaun Livingston
After a gruesome leg injury early in his career, Livingston bounced around from team to team before finding a steady role with Golden State. As Curry’s backup point guard, Livingston would always provide critical minutes as the secondary ball handler and a great defender for the Dubs. Livingston never put up big numbers, but his play was critical to leading Golden State’s second unit.