Five NBA Championships, with three of them won after 2015. The Golden State Warriors are currently one of the most valuable sports teams in the world. If there’s one man to thank for that, it’s Stephen Curry. However, we can’t ignore the scoring impact of players such as Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, as well as some old-school legends.
Four shot charts with the most field goals made overall, in a season, the most efficient scorers overall, and the 2014-2019 dynasty era are visualized below to tell us some Golden State Warriors history.
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Most field goals made by zone, 1996-2021
To many, the first name that comes to mind when hearing the word “Warriors” is Stephen Curry. Perhaps the greatest shooter of all time, he is a Golden State legend after 12 seasons with the team. Alongside Klay Thompson, the Splash Brothers are the leading scorers of the Warriors in all zones.
Most field goals made in a single season by zone, 1996-2021
Evidence of how impactful Curry has been on the Warriors is the shot chart below. We see players that hold the record for a zone that played for the Warriors a long time ago. Latrell Sprewell and Joe Smith lead the left midrange zones since the 1996-97 season! Antawn Jamison‘s 2001 and 2003 seasons put him in the lead in the paint and right baseline respectively.
Monta Ellis was one of the best scorers in the NBA during his seven seasons on the Warriors and his 2008 and 2011 seasons are the best from the right elbow and the top of the key.
It’s no surprise that Steph Curry is the leader from 3-point range, in both wings and straight-up three. His 2020-21 is actually the franchise’s best from the right wing. What’s crazy is that he made 49% of his shots from the left wing in 2016 – 49%!!! That’s a better field goal percentage than the mid-range shooters on the chart!
Most efficient field goal shooters zone, 1996-2021
Interestingly enough, it’s not all Steph here! Al Harrington‘s 43% from the straight-3 and Anthony Morrow with 49% and 47% from the left and right wings put them on the chart as the most efficient 3-point shooters. Curry is greatly efficient and leads the two corners with 50% and 48%!
Kevin Durant finally makes his appearance here as he dominates the mid-range, especially the left elbow (60%). Old-timer Chris Mullin leads the right elbow. 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala is the most efficient from the paint.
Most field goals made by zone in 2014-19 Warriors Dynasty Era
Steve Kerr became the Warriors’ head coach in 2014 and for the next five years the team dominated the league, making the Finals in all five seasons and winning the title three times. The chart below is who to thank for the team’s scoring abilities.