Believe it or not, the Golden State Warriors are actually one of the oldest franchises in the history of professional basketball in America, and the Warriors existence actually pre-dates the NBA. The Warriors were originally founded in 1946 as the Philadelphia Warriors. After 16 seasons in Philadelphia, the franchise moved out West and became the San Francisco Warriors in 1962. Fun fact, David Latin, the star player on the Texas Western Miners, portrayed by Schin A.S. Kerr in movie Glory Road, which was about the 1996 Texas Western national championship team, was a first round draft choice of the Warriors while they flew under the name of San Francisco.
In 1971, the franchise changed their name to the Golden State Warriors, which remains to this day. Throughout their history the Warriors have won their division three times- 1975, 1976, and 2015. The Warriors have also won their conference six times, 1947, 1948, 1956, 1964, 1967, and 1975. The Warriors have also won three championships, 1947, 1956, and 1975. So as you can see, much of their success came while the franchise was in Philadelphia. The Golden State Warriors are also known for pulling the biggest upset in NBA history when they defeated the Dallas Mavericks in six games in round one of the 2007 NBA playoffs.
The 2014-2015 season was by far one of the best in Warriors franchise history. Golden State finished the regular season 67-15, good for the best record overall in the NBA. This meant the Warriors would enter the 2015 playoffs as the number one overall seed with home court advantage. For Golden State, this was really important, as part of that 67-15 regular season record was a mind-boggling 39-2 record at home. This isn't a complete surprise, as the Oracle Arena is considered the hardest place in the NBA to go win a road game at this point and time.
In round one of the playoffs the Warriors flat steamrolled the New Orleans Pelicans in a sweep, 4-0, and it really wasn't even close start to finish. Golden State moved on to round two, where they met the 5th seeded Memphis Grizzlies. Of the four series the Warriors would play in this postseason, this one proved to be the most difficult. Memphis battled and battled the whole series, taking the Warriors to six games before the Warriors prevailed 4 games to 2, and in the process forced Golden State to grind a lot in this series as well.
The Western Conference Finals proved to be a much easier task for Golden State, as they disposed of the Houston Rockets in five games. In the NBA Finals, they faced a Cleveland Cavaliers team that was already missing Kevin Love, and in game one, they lost Kyrie Irving as well. This left Cleveland extremely short handed and Golden State prevailed in six games to win the NBA championship.
The Golden State Warriors are coming off a marvelous 2015-2016 season. They finished the regular season with a record of 73-9, the best record in NBA history. In round one they faced off against the eighth seed, the Houston Rockets and won in five games. In round two they faced the fifth seed, the Portland Trailblazers, and the Warriors won that series in five games as well. In the Western Conference Finals, they faced off against the three seed, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and that series went the full seven games before the Warriors won game seven 96-88.
In the NBA draft, the Warriors held the 30th selection, and used it to take Damien Jones, the power forward from Vanderbilt. Their biggest off season move was the signing forward Kevin Durant, which was both highly publicized, and scrutinized. Many people cited this as an example of how the NBA players have way too much power, and it has ruined the league.
So far this season, the Warriors currently stand with a record of 52-11, good for the top seed in the West at the moment, but that could change due to the Kevin Durant injury.