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Top Five Power Forwards in Golden State Warriors History
Qualifiers: the Golden State Warriors are one of three remaining original franchises with more than 60 years of history, so players should have at least three seasons with the team. Also, players will be classified under one position even if they played at more than one.
Hall of Fame forward Joe Fulks played for the Philadelphia Warriors in their first eight seasons as a franchise. The Warriors won the first championship in NBA history in 1947 and Fulks led them to it. He won the NBA's first scoring title with 1,389 points for an average of 23.2 per game in 1946-47. Fulks went to the first two All-Star games in 1951 and 1952 and he earned four All-NBA honors in his eight-year career.
Two-time All-Star power forward Antawn Jamison began his career with five seasons with the Golden State Warriors from 1999 to 2003. Over the course of his career, Jamison has been a versatile explosive scorer capable of scoring from the perimeter, on the drive and in the post. He maintained averages of 20.2 points and 7.5 rebounds in 336 games with the Warriors. Now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jamison's career totals include 18,128 points, 7,332 rebounds and 980 three-point baskets.
Former All-Star power forward Clyde Lee played eight years with the San Francisco and Golden State Warriors from 1966 to 1974. Lee shared a frontcourt with Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond to give the Warriors' one of the best rebounding duos to ever play. Lee averaged 8.5 points and 11.0 rebounds overall including three double-double seasons and three years of more than 13 boards per game. His 6,416 rebounds are good for the fourth highest total in Warriors history and he is one of 43 NBA players to maintain a double-digit career rebounding average.
Tom Meschery was an All-Star power forward for the Philadelphia and San Francisco Warriors in the 1960s. Meschery joined the Warriors in the 1961 NBA Draft and spent the next six seasons with the team. He averaged 12.9 points and 8.5 rebounds in the regular season and 16.3 points and 8.8 boards in the playoffs. The Warriors retired Meschery's number 14 jersey.
Hard-nosed power forward Larry Smith patrolled the paint for the Golden State Warriors throughout the 1980s. Smith never had much of an offensive game, but he gave the Warriors grit and was one of the best rebounders of his era. He averaged 8.5 points and 10.4 rebounds over nine seasons with the Warriors including one double-double season. Smith totaled 5,904 points and 8,125 rebounds in his 13-year career.
Golden State Warriors Franchise Index, Basketball-Reference.com
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