How the Warriors became a great team: 12 easy steps

If you ever decide to write a book about the Warriors, but you want to start AFTER their turnaround began, feel free to use this as a guide. It’s not quite up to date — as it doesn’t include the acquisition of Kevin Durant — but it’s got what I think are the 12 most important times/moments/decisions that made the Warriors what they are today.

Like I said in my earlier post about the Warriors’ past and how it was nothing like the present, maybe I’ll start sharing some of my notes for — as Bob Dylan would say — a “book that nobody will write.”

No doubt about it, you’ve got to start with the drafting of Stephen Curry in 2009. Below photo will be translation of this draft, which might help.



  1. Curry drafted — June ’09
  2. Lacob buys team — Nov. ’10
  3. Curry’s early adversity (ankle)
  4. Lacob missteps (2010-2012)
  5. Monta Ellis traded — March 2012
  6. Tanking, leading to draft of 2012 (Lacob booing March 2012)
  7. The 2012 draft
  8. Mark Jackson/Mike Malone
  9. Jerry West/Bob Myers
  10. Curry extension
  11. Iguodala — July 2013
  12. Kerr — May 2014, Livingston, Barbosa, Speights

About Steinmetz

Matt Steinmetz is a veteran San Francisco Bay Area sports journalist. He covered the Golden State Warriors for the Bay Area News Group for more than a decade before becoming a television analyst with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Steinmetz can be heard on "Steiny & Guru" on 95.7-FM The Game in San Francisco, from 12-3.
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1 Response to How the Warriors became a great team: 12 easy steps

  1. Roy H says:

    You missed one key element: the acquisition of Jarrett Jack. Granted he was only there one year, but… this was just after Bob Myers assumed the lead. The Dubs were dumping Dorell Wright to get rid of his salary. I believe it was even announced in the morning as Wright to Philadelphia for pretty much nothing. Same old Warriors it seemed like, even with new GM. But by days end Jarrett Jack had been added in coming to the Warriors, coming off 15 points a game in N.O. Wow! That was different! Jack was 4th in scoring for the Dubs and 2nd in the playoffs when we upset Denver. Although they couldn’t keep him the following year, he was a big part of their success 2012-2013. His arrival signified a whole different Warrior team and organization and it deserves to be on your list.


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