Worst trades in Warriors history: Ranking five deals that backfired
5. Trading Jason Richardson to Charlotte Bobcats
Jason Richardson was an integral part of the 2007 “We Believe” Warriors, but that wasn’t enough to keep him in Golden State's long term plans, as the Warriors traded Richardson and a second-round draft pick to the Charlotte Bobcats for the rights to North Carolina prospect Brandan Wright.
Drafted in 2001, Richardson became one of the lone bright spots on a lot of bad Warriors squads, winning the dunk contest in 2002 and 2003 while becoming a dependable scorer. In the 2007 first-round win over the Dallas Mavericks, Richardson averaged 19.5 points per game in one of the greatest upsets in NBA history.
While Richardson had a solid NBA career, Wright never averaged more than 9.1 points per game during a season in his career.
4. Trading Mitch Richmond to Kings
Mitch Richmond teamed up with Tim Hardaway and Chris Mullin to form “Run TMC.” In two seasons, the trio revolutionized the game, averaging more than 116.6 points per contest. But they went just 81-83 in two seasons together, prompting Don Nelson to look for a big man to help the team on the glass.
Just before the 1991-92 season, Nelson traded Richmond to the Kings in exchange for first-round draft pick Billy Owens.
Richmond flourished in Sacramento, making the All-Star game six times. Owens averaged 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds with the Warriors, but he never matched Richmond’s production in Sacramento.
3. Trading Robert Parish to Boston Celtics
Robert Parish was a solid contributor for the Warriors after getting drafted No. 8 overall in 1976. In four seasons, he averaged 13.8 points, and 9.5 rebounds. But the Warriors began to decline, missing the playoffs from 1978 to 1980 after winning the title in 1975.
Wanting a fresh start, the Warriors traded Parish to the Boston Celtics for the No 1. and No. 13 pick in the 1980 NBA Draft, giving Boston the No. 3 pick. By the end of draft night, Boston ended up with Parish and Kevin McHale while the Warriors chose Joe Barry Carroll and Rickey Brown.
Parish flourished in Boston, winning four titles in the 80s alongside McHale and Larry Bird, whom the Warriors passed on in the 1978 draft.
In the Bay Area, the Warriors managed just two winning seasons over the same span. Carroll later was dealt to the Houston Rockets in 1987 along with Sleepy Floyd.
2. Trading Wilt Chamberlain
The Warriors moved to the Bay Area from Philadelphia in Chamberlain’s fourth season, and it got off to a great start. The Big Dipper averaged 44.8 points and 24.3 rebounds per game during the 1962-63 season, winning the Western Division title before losing in the NBA Finals to the Celtics in five games.
However, the Warriors failed to make the playoffs the following year. Worse, the Warriors weren’t drawing at the Cow Palace and Chamberlain began feuding with his coach.
The trade was completed hours after the 1965 All-Star Game at former St. Louis Cardinals’ outfielder Stan Musial’s restaurant. By the end of the evening, Chamberlain was a 76er, in exchange for Connie Dierking, Paul Neumann, Lee Shaffer and cash.
Chamberlain became one of the best centers in league history, later winning a title with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1971 while Dierking, Neumann and Shaffer never made an All-Star team.
1. Trading Chris Webber to Washington Bullets
Chris Webber was traded to the Washington Bullets after his rookie season for Tom Gugliotta and three No. 1 draft picks in 1994 as a result of a feud with then-coach Don Nelson.
Webber’s time with the Warriors was doomed from the start. Shortly after the 1993 draft, he signed a 15-year, $74 million deal with the Warriors that included an out after his first season. Despite averaging 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds as a rookie, he feuded with Nelson in part because the coach’s small-ball offense put him at center, much to Webber’s chagrin. By the fall of 1994, Webber demanded a traded and decided to sit out training camp until a deal was reached.
Webber had off court issues Washington before leading the Kings to the 2002 Western Conference finals, becoming one of the league’s best power forwards. Meanwhile, Gugliotta lasted just 40 games before being traded in the 1994 season. The draft picks acquired for Webber became Todd Fuller and Antawn Jamison while the Warriors traded 2000 pick to the Chicago Bulls for Larry Hughes.