Golden State Warriors
In the 74 years since the Golden State Warriors were established, they’ve collected an impressive number of unrivaled accomplishments. The Warriors have amassed 6 NBA Championships, 7 division titles, and 11 conference titles in the last 7 decades. Now, the team’s predicted financial value sits at a cool $4.3 billion.
The Beginning Years
The modern-day Golden State Warriors were once known as the Philadelphia Warriors as far back as 1946. The team was a participating member of the Basketball Association of America, under the leadership of owner Peter A. Tyrrell and head coach Eddie Gottlieb. The team’s first standout star, Joe Fulks, led the Philadelphia Warriors to the first-ever championship in the BAA during the 1947 season.
By 1956, the team’s success remained steady with another league championship over the Fort Wayne Pistons. When Wilt Chamberlain signed with the Warriors in 1959, they took another gigantic leap. Chamberlain, a league leader in both scoring and rebounding, led the team with an astonishing 50 points per game during just his third year in the league. This continued into the early 1960s when the team moved to San Francisco after being purchased by TV producer Franklin Mieuli.
When the Warriors lost Chamberlain in 1965, the team’s unrivaled success took a sudden downturn, resulting in a 17 win season. That was quite surprising considering the team was coming off of an NBA Finals appearance during the previous season. This later changed when the Warriors drafted players like Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond, who helped to lead the team to the 1967 Finals against the new Philadelphia 76ers.
Between 1971 to 1972, the Warriors had another name change. The San Francisco Warriors hardly played in the San Francisco area, choosing to rename the team the “Golden State Warriors” instead. This name change brought a stroke of luck to the Warriors, as the team advanced to the NBA Finals in the 1975 season and swept the Bullets in just 4 games.
The Warriors went through yet another period of struggle thanks to some bad trade and poor performance on the court. The 1985 season meant the addition of future Hall of Famer Chris Mullin and upheaval of the current coaching staff. Despite these changes, the team wouldn’t see another title for quite some time.
If there’s one truth about the Golden State Warriors, it’s that they have gone through a lot of logos since their early years in Philadelphia.
1962 - 1964
The first jersey worn between 1962 and 1964 was mostly yellow with “San Francisco” written in blue font and red outlines.
1964 - 1966
The 1964 to 1966 jersey was dark blue and used 3D gold lettering to spell out “Warriors.”
1966 - 1971
From 1966 to 1971, the Warriors returned to a yellow jersey. It infused the logo at the time that boasted the Bay Bridge and had “The City” written in blue above the logo.
1972 - 1975
From 1972 to 1975, the bridge in the logo was scrapped, the yellow circle turned gold, and a blue outline of the State of California was inside of the circle. The name “Golden State Warriors” was written on the exterior of the circle.
1975 - 1984
In 1975, a blue jersey was released. The name “Warriors” could be seen in yellow font right above a yellow version of the previous logo.
1984 - 1989
From 1984 to 1989, the Warriors transitioned over to a white jersey. This jersey used the same design as the previous, just replacing the yellow coloring with dark blue.
1989 - 2002
The 1989 jersey saw the introduction of a superhero-like design. The dark blue jersey had “Warriors” written in yellow letters with the “W” having a lightning bolt extending across the top.
2002 - 2010
From 2002 to 2010, the Warriors wore a modified version of the previous jersey. This one was mostly blue with “Warriors” written without the lightning bolt.
2010 - Today
Since 2010, the Warriors have sported a mostly blue jersey with a yellow version of the Bay Bridge logo. “Golden State Warriors” is scrawled on the jersey and the player number can be seen in blue inside the logo.