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This past weekend, Chris Webber was voted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Webber was acquired by Golden State as the No. 1 overall pick in a draft-day trade with Orlando in 1993. He won Rookie of the Year in the 1993-94 season but was then surprisingly traded to Washington amid friction with Warriors coach Don Nelson. Webber also wrapped up his playing career in a nine-game cameo with the Warriors in the 2007-08 season.
Former Warriors head coach Rick Adelman also was voted into this year’s Hall of Fame class. Although he is better known for his years with the Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets, Adelman coached the Warriors to a 66-98 record in the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons.
Webber and Adelman become the 28th and 29th members of the Hall of Fame with a direct tie to the Warriors franchise — not counting indirect ties such as former coach Dave Cowens, who is inducted as a player but not a coach.
Below, we celebrate the 29 Hall of Fame figures with ties to the Golden State/Philadelphia Warriors franchise in photos.
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Chris Webber Induction year: 2021 Warriors credentials: Webber bookended his NBA career with stints in Golden State — a brilliant Rookie of the Year campaign (17.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 3.6 apg) in 1993-94 and a final nine-game curtain call in 2007-08. In between, he made stops with the Washington Bullets, Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons, earning five All-Star selections in the process.
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Rick Adelman Induction year: 2021 Warriors credentials: Adelman guided the Warriors to a 66-98 mark as the team's head coach in 1995-96 and 1996-97. In 23 total seasons as an NBA head coach, including stints with Portland, Sacramento, Houston and Minnesota, Adelman compiled a 1,042-749 regular-season record and a 79-78 postseason mark. He's the ninth-winningest head coach in NBA history.
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Al Attles Induction year: 2019 Warriors credentials: If anyone can be considered Mr. Warrior, it's Attles, who has been affiliated with the franchise since 1960. He spent his entire 11-year playing career with the franchise, both in Philly and San Francisco. He also served as assistant (three seasons) and head coach (13 seasons) and guided the Warriors to the 1975 NBA championship. He also has served the franchise as general manager, executive and consultant.
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Rick Welts Induction year: 2018 Warriors credentials: As team president and chief operating officer since 2011, Welts helped bring three NBA championships to the Bay Area. He previously worked in the front offices of the Seattle SuperSonics and Phoenix Suns and the NBA league office during a basketball career that has spanned nearly five decades. Welts recently announced he would retire at the end of the 2020-21 season.
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Jo Jo White (pictured above at left, with fellow Hall of Famer Dave Cowens) Induction year: 2015 Warriors credentials: White spent 1½ seasons with the Warriors toward the end of his playing career, averaging 10.5 points and 3.5 assists in 107 games. Previously, he was named to seven consecutive All-Star teams and won two NBA titles with the Boston Celtics.
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Mitch Richmond Induction year: 2014 Warriors credentials: Richmond played the first three seasons of his NBA career with the Warriors after being drafted No. 5 overall out of Kansas State in 1988. He averaged 22.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 234 games with Golden State before being shipped to Sacramento in a trade for Billy Owens. Richmond earned six All-Star selections with the Kings and also played for the Wizards and Lakers later in his career.
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Sarunas Marciulionis Induction year: 2014 Warriors credentials: Marciulionis became one of the first prominent international players to join the NBA when he debuted with the Warriors in 1989, helping to open the door for other Eastern European talents. He averaged 14.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in four seasons with Golden State. Marciulionis also won bronze medals with Lithuania in the 1992 and 1996 Olympics.
Guy Rodgers (pictured above center with Eddie Gottlieb, left, and Frank McGuire, right.) Induction year: 2014 Warriors credentials: Rodgers spent the first eight of his 12 NBA seasons with the Warriors, earning three All-Star nods and leading the NBA in assists per game in 1962-63. Known for his athleticism and expert ball-handling, he later played for Chicago, Cincinnati and Milwaukee.
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Bernard King Induction year: 2013 Warriors credentials: King spent two seasons with the Warriors during the formative years of his pro career, averaging 22.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. He then was sent to his hometown New York Knicks in a dubious trade for Micheal Ray Richardson. During a 14-year career with the Nets, Jazz, Warriors, Knicks and Bullets, King earned four All-Star selections. He led the NBA in scoring with 32.9 points per game as a Knick in 1984-85.
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Jamaal Wilkes Induction year: 2012 Warriors credentials: Wilkes spent the first three seasons of his 12-year NBA career with the Warriors, winning the 1975 championship and earning an All-Star nod the following season. He went on to win three more championships and receive two more All-Star selections as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. Wilkes also boasts one of the great nicknames in NBA history, Silk.
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Ralph Sampson Induction year: 2012 Warriors credentials: Sampson played 1½ seasons with the Warriors in the late 1980s, averaging 9.3 points and 6.6 rebounds in 90 games. Previously, he led Virginia to the Final Four in college and earned four All-Star selections with the Houston Rockets.
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Don Nelson Induction year: 2012 Warriors credentials: Nelson currently is the winningest coach in NBA history with 1,335 career regular-season wins, although his former assistant Gregg Popovich is likely to eclipse that mark in the 2021-22 season. Nelson spent 11 of his 31 seasons as an NBA head coach with the Warriors, compiling a 422-443 record. He also coached the Bucks (11 seasons), Mavericks (eight seasons) and Knicks (one season).
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Chris Mullin Induction year: 2011 Warriors credentials: The Warriors drafted Mullin with the No. 7 overall pick in the 1985 NBA draft, and he would spend 13 of his 16 pro seasons with Golden State. Mullin earned five consecutive All-Star selections from 1988-89 through 1992-93 and was a member of the famed 1992 Olympic Dream Team. He averaged 20.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game as a Warrior.
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Robert Parish (pictured defending Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) Induction year: 2003 Warriors credentials: Golden State had Parish for the first four seasons of his NBA career before dealing him to Boston in an ill-fated deal for Joe Barry Carroll. Parish averaged 13.8 points and 9.5 rebounds per game with the Warriors, but his best days were ahead of him. He would receive nine All-Star selections and win three NBA titles with the Celtics, eventually retiring as the league's leader in regular-season games played with 1,611. Parish won a fourth NBA title as a role player with the Bulls.
Neil Johnson (pictured in dark suit above; also pictured, from left, George Yardley, Wilt Chamberlain and Paul Arizin.) Induction year: 1990 Warriors credentials: Johnston spent his entire eight-year playing career with the Philadelphia Warriors and then went 95-59 in two seasons as head coach of the team. One of the NBA's first impactful scorers, he captured three scoring titles and led the league in rebounding once in the 1950s. Johnston was named to six consecutive All-Star teams from 1952-53 through 1957-58.
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Rick Barry Induction year: 1987 Warriors credentials: The sharpshooting Barry spent eight of his 14 pro seasons with the Warriors, earning All-Star status all eight years. He won Rookie of the Year in 1965-66 and led the NBA with 35.6 points per game the following season. After a stint in the ABA, he was named NBA Finals MVP when the Warriors won the 1975 championship. Barry is the only person to win a scoring title in the NCAA, NBA and ABA.
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Nate Thurmond Induction year: 1985 Warriors credentials: One of the most versatile players in NBA history, Thurmond played the first 11 of his 14 pro seasons with the Warriors. He was a seven-time All-Star and five-time All-Defensive selection who averaged 17.4 points and 16.9 rebounds per game as a Warrior. He later recorded the first official quadruple-double in NBA history with the Bulls in 1974.
Al Cervi Induction year: 1985 Warriors credentials: Cervi coached the Philadelphia Warriors to a 32-40 record in the 1958-59 season. Previously, he played four seasons and coached eight seasons with the Syracuse Nationals. The Nationals, who became the Philadelphia 76ers after the Warriors moved to Northern California, won the 1955 NBA championship with Cervi at the helm.
Jerry Lucas Induction year: 1980 Warriors credentials: Lucas played two seasons with the Warriors late in his pro career, averaging 17.5 points and 15.2 rebounds per game. He earned the last of his seven All-Star selections with the Warriors in 1970-71. Lucas is one of the few players to win an NCAA championship, Olympic gold medal and an NBA championship.
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Wilt Chamberlain Induction year: 1979 Warriors credentials: One of the greatest players in basketball history, Chamberlain spent the first 5½ seasons of his 14-year NBA career with the Warriors. During that time, he led the league in scoring every season and rebounding four times. He famously scored a record 100 points for the Philadelphia Warriors against the Knicks in a 1962 game in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Chamberlain went on to win NBA championships with the 76ers and Lakers.
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Pete Newell Induction year: 1979 Warriors credentials: Newell served the Warriors as a scout and director of player personnel late in his basketball career. Although he's perhaps best known in the Bay Area as the head coach of the 1959 national championship team at Cal, he later enjoyed a career as an NBA executive with the Rockets, Lakers, Warriors and Cavaliers.
Paul Arizin Induction year: 1978 Warriors credentials: Arizin played his entire 10-year career with the Philadelphia Warriors, earning All-Star status every season. He led the NBA in scoring twice, in 1951-52 and 1956-57. Arizin averaged 22.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game over the course of his career. The former Villanova star failed to average 20 points per game in an NBA season just once, as a rookie in 1950-51.
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Frank McGuire Induction year: 1977 Warriors credentials: McGuire coached the Philadelphia Warriors to a 49-31 record in the 1961-62 season. McGuire took a one-season detour to the NBA between long stints as a college coach at North Carolina and South Carolina.
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Tom Gola Induction year: 1976 Warriors credentials: Gola spent the first six-plus seasons of his pro career with the Warriors, averaging 13.6 points, 9.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. He earned three of his five All-Star selections as a member of the Warriors. Prior to that, he became the first collegian to record 2,000 points and 2,000 rebounds as a star at La Salle.
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Bill Sharman Induction year: 1976 (as player), 2004 (as coach) Warriors credentials: Sharman coached the San Francisco Warriors to an 87-76 record in two seasons during the 1960s. A longtime standout player with the Celtics, Sharman would win pro championships as a head coach in the NBA (1972 Lakers), ABA (1971 Utah Stars) and the old American Basketball League (1962 Cleveland Pipers). He served as a Lakers executive for a decade and a half after retiring from coaching.
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Harry Litwack Induction year: 1976 Warriors credentials: Litwack served as an assistant coach to Eddie Gottlieb for three seasons with the Philadelphia Warriors (1948-49 through 1950-51). He's best known as the longtime head coach at Temple University, where he compiled a 373-193 record in 21 seasons from 1952-53 to 1972-73. He previously guided the Temple freshman team to a 181-32 record from 1931-51.
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Eddie Gottlieb (pictured above with Wilt Chamberlain) Induction year: 1972 Warriors credentials: Gottlieb founded the Philadelphia Warriors franchise in 1946 and served as the team's first coach and general manager. He went 263-381 in nine seasons as coach, winning the first Basketball Association of America title in 1947. He owned the team until 1962, including the 1956 NBA championship season. After selling the Warriors, Gottlieb worked in the NBA league office until his death in 1979. The NBA's Rookie of the Year trophy now bears his name.
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• Joe Fulks (inducted in 1978): Fulks led the Philadelphia Warriors to the league championship in the first season of the Basketball Association of America (the forerunner of the NBA). He also won the fledgling league's first two scoring titles and was named to the NBA's 25th anniversary team in 1970. • Andy Phillip (inducted as college player in 1961): Phillip played two-plus seasons of his 11-year pro career with the Philadelphia Warriors, earning All-Star status in each of those years. He starred in college at Illinois, leading his team to two Big Ten championships.
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