The Bulls did it twice, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way. The Lakers accomplished it once, behind Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. In the 42 seasons since the NBA-ABA merger, those are the only franchises to win three consecutive NBA Finals.
When the Warriors come together for training camp on Sept. 25, their goal is to become the third.
Here is a look at those players with guaranteed roster spots.
11TH IN A SERIES:
Player: Shaun Livingston
Position: Point guard
Height/weight: 6-7, 192
College: None (Drafted from Peoria (Ill.) Central High in 2004, fourth overall)
Salary: $8.31M (Year 2 of a three-year contract valued at $23.69M, per Spotrac. Year 3 has a partial guarantee that allows the team a 2M buyout.)
NBA 2K Player Rating: 75
2017-18 in review: After two seasons with one of the deadliest midrange jump shots in the NBA, Livingston dropped from automatic to merely good. Yet he remained among the team’s steadiest performers, avoiding long periods of low production. There are slight signs of defensive decline, mostly reaching -- and catching needless fouls -- to compensate for diminishing quickness. Despite that, he excelled was in the Western Conference Finals and was phenomenal in the NBA Finals.
Key stats: 71 games (seven starts), averaging 5.5 points (50.1 percent FG, 82.0 percent FT), 2.0 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 15.9 minutes per game.
Season highs: Points (16), assists (seven), rebounds (seven), steals (three), blocks (three), minutes (25, twice).
2018-19 outlook: Knowing his 2019-20 contract is only partially guaranteed, Livingston’s goal is retaining the ability to provide a dimension few other PGs can offer. His length allows him to shoot over most defenders and also go inside and score on the block. Never has their been a question about his professionalism. He’s a low-maintenance veteran, a cool head and someone coaches and teammates can count on. His value is attached to his production in 15-20 minute spans. He’ll also be called on to help tutor rookie Jacob Evans III.