3 Warriors Greats Who Would Be Even Better if They Played Today

Four-time All-Star Latrell Sprewell would be a problem in today's NBA.
Four-time All-Star Latrell Sprewell would be a problem in today's NBA. | Todd Warshaw/Getty Images

While the majority of the Warriors franchise's chamionship success arrived with the current era of NBA basketball, they've featured among thier ranks some of the greatest talents the world has ever seen dating back to their days in Philadelphia. That got us thinking -- which Warriors greats would have had even more brilliant careers playing under the rules and style of today's NBA? This trio gets the endorsement.

3. Tim Hardaway

Tim Hardaway was impossible to guard during his time in the Bay.
Tim Hardaway was impossible to guard during his time in the Bay. | Tim DeFrisco/Getty Images

Tim Hardaway was always a knockdown shooter. Combine that with his killer crossover, the man who contributed the T to Run TMC was able to create a shot from anywhere on the floor. A five-time All-Star, Hardaway is currently 33rd all-time in three pointers made, reaching that mark in an era when long balls where not utilized nearly as much as they are today. If Hardaway was out there now, his scoring ability would be even more lethal.

2. Latrell Sprewell

Latrell Sprewell's insane athleticism would make him a monster today.
Latrell Sprewell's insane athleticism would make him a monster today. | Focus On Sport/Getty Images

In today's NBA, spacing and athleticism is everything. That's exactly what would make Latrell Sprewell so dangerous. While he was definitely more of a athlete than a shooter in his time in the NBA, Sprewell was a good enough three-point guy to force the opposition to guard him anywhere inside 25 feet. If the former All-NBA talent was able to keep his emotions under control, he would be an outstanding player in today's NBA, and in the era of small ball, he'd be notably less undersized as a wing player standing 6-foot-5.

1. Chris Mullin

Chris Mullin's untapped potential from three point range would make him one of the NBA's best today.
Chris Mullin's untapped potential from three point range would make him one of the NBA's best today. | JOHN G. MABANGLO/Getty Images

Similar to Tim Hardaway, Chris Mullin excelled in three-point shooting during an era where it wasn't all that important. He shot over 36% from three-point range seven times during his time with the Warriors, yet never attempted more than 3.5 per game each season. Mullin was also effective on the defensive end in his prime, making him useful in multiple scenarios. If he was paired with a coach like Steve Kerr, Mullin would be perfect for today's NBA as a stretch four, an ideal role that just didn't exist when he played.