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As Warriors announce jersey retirements, Tim Hardaway is left to wonder

As Warriors announce jersey retirements, Tim Hardaway is left to wonder

Warriors co-chairman and CEO Joe Lacob has announced that both Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala will have their jerseys retired and up in the rafters at Chase Center. While that was generally viewed as a respectful acknowledgment of the success both players brought to Golden State, it's rubbing some people the wrong way.

Friends of another prominent player from Warriors' history -- Tim Hardaway -- feel as if his number should be retired first.

"I got friends in Chicago that are saying: ‘That’s some B.S.’" Hardaway said on KNBR's Murph & Mac Show on Monday. "And they want to email Joe Lacob and Bob Myers and they want to tell them ‘well how come my number isn’t retired and not going up in the rafters?'"

Hardaway spent six seasons with the Warriors, just as Iguodala did. Durant, on the other hand, was only in Golden State for three years. According to Hardaway's friends, tenure should matter.

However, Hardaway isn't pushing that narrative. Sure, he'd like to have his number retired by the Dubs -- it's already been retired by the Miami Heat -- but he understands why they've already chosen to do so for Durant and Iguodala.

"But, you know they deserve it, you know they won championships, man,” Hardaway said. “They won championships, they was there, not to say I shouldn’t be up there, but you know I can feel what Joe Lacob is saying and he wanna bring them joy and show them gratitude for what they did for the city."

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The Warriors currently have six numbers officially retired. While they've already bookmarked spots for two more, there's no reason to believe they'll stop there.

NBA Draft 2020: Why Cole Anthony doesn't fit Warriors' win-now timeline

NBA Draft 2020: Why Cole Anthony doesn't fit Warriors' win-now timeline

Editor's note: As the Warriors prepare for the 2020 NBA draft, during which they will have a lottery pick for the first time since 2012, NBC Sports Bay Area will present a twice-weekly series spotlighting two players expected to be evaluated. This is the sixth of a 12-part series over the next six weeks.

NBA teams are continuing to take unusual steps to prep for the 2020 NBA Draft during the coronavirus pandemic. As we get closer to draft night, North Carolina guard Cole Anthony follows the trend of talent, early-entrant prospects who likely will be long-term projects.

While he averaged nearly 19 points in his lone collegiate season, Anthony shot under 40 percent for a team that finished last in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Additionally, he committed 3.5 turnovers per game, while nothing just 4.0 assists as a lead guard. Through his first nine games, he was just 6-of-21 at the rim. Along the way, he missed nearly two months after undergoing surgery to repair partially torn meniscus in his right knee.

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Son of longtime NBA guard Greg Anthony, Cole had a winning reputation growing up.

During his freshman year at Archbishop Molloy High School, an opposing coach called him the most skilled New York basketball player since Stephon Marbury. As a senior at storied Oak Hill Academy, he averaged 18.5 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 10.2 assists per game, becoming the first player in school history to average a triple-double. By the end of 2019, he was named Virginia's Gatorade Player of the Year and a McDonald's All-American, becoming one of the top recruits in his class.

Following a subpar year at UNC, Anthony is benefitting from a weak NBA draft class. Anthony is heralded as a great ball-handler, but his high turnover numbers seem to crush that theory. His lack of size also is an issue, which allows opposing guards to overpower him on a nightly basis. Simply put, he'd probably be better served to stay another year in college if his draft class weren't so weak.

Anthony's game follows a similar trend from other top guards in this class. Like fellow guards Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball, Anthony has shot below 30 percent from 3-point range against subpar competition. Unlike Ball and Edwards, Anthony's lack of size meals a lower ceiling for his game. Anthony has the ability to overcome his shortcomings, but it will take a dedicated staff to help the guard reach his potential.

His fit with the Warriors would also be tricky. He'd be a project upon arrival for a team still hoping to contend for titles. Historically, Golden State hasn't successfully developed players during their championship runs, with recent examples including Jordan Bell and Patrick McCaw. Bell had a strong start to his first season, before veering off his path and struggling to get on the court before he bolted to Minnesota last summer. McCaw also regressed in his second season after looking like a consistent contributor as a rookie.

Aside from Draymond Green, only Kevon Looney has been a consistent homegrown draft pick for the Warriors in the postseason since 2015. Last season, rookies Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall showed promise in the final months of the year, but that was for a team not expected to play well into June. For a team with Finals aspirations, Anthony may not be fit for the future iteration of the Warriors.

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Cole Anthony profile

Position: Point Guard
Class: Freshman
Birthdate: May 15, 2000 (19 years old)
Hometown: New York, NY
2019-20 season averages: 18.5 points (38.0 percent FG, 34.8 percent 3-point, 75.0 percent FT), 5.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.3 steals.
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 190
Wingspan: 6-foot-3.5
What they’re saying:  “Basketball is what he loves and I mean loves. Capitalize every single one of those letters. He’s going to blow people away in the individual workouts and his commitment to the game, his commitment to being a better player and his commitment to his vocation in there is where very few people have ever had it." - North Carolina coach Roy Williams

Ranking Warriors' NBA Finals teams, with surprise No. 1 selection

Ranking Warriors' NBA Finals teams, with surprise No. 1 selection

The Warriors moved to the Bay Area from Philadelphia in 1962, reaching an apex in the last five years.

Golden State appeared in five consecutive NBA Finals from 2015 through 2019, and that total eclipsed the Warriors' Finals appearances from the previous half-century. Eight teams have played for a championship since the Warriors moved to the Bay Area. Four won titles, four did not.

But which of those eight teams is the best?

Basketball has changed just a bit since the Warriors first called the Bay Area home, so don't take these rankings to mean that, say, any of Rick Barry's teams would beat Steph Curry's. Rankings based on anything but record are an inexact-at-best science, but standing within their era and season as well as how their accomplishments stand in the Warriors and NBA's wider history are given significant weight.

So, let's rank all eight teams from worst to best under those criteria, starting with a squad that lost a title to an ex-Warrior. 

HERE'S WHERE THE WARRIORS' FINALS TEAMS SINCE 1962 RANK