1974–75 Golden State Warriors season

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1974–75 Golden State Warriors season
NBA Champions
Conference Champions
Division Champions
Head coach Al Attles
Arena Oakland Coliseum Arena
Results
Record 48–34 (.585)
Place Division: 1st (Pacific)
Conference: 1st (Western)
Playoff finish NBA Champions

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television KTVU
Radio KNBR
< 1973–74 1975–76 >
The Warriors' 1975 championship banner.

The 1974–75 Golden State Warriors season was the 29th season in the franchise's history, its 13th in California and the fourth playing in Oakland. After four seasons of second-place finishes, the Warriors made various changes. Nate Thurmond was traded to the Chicago Bulls for Clifford Ray, a young defensive center.[1] The club drafted Keith Wilkes (later known as Jamaal Wilkes), whose nickname was "Silk". Cazzie Russell had played out his option and joined the Los Angeles Lakers, leaving Rick Barry as the team's leader. Coach Al Attles implemented a team-oriented system that drew on the contributions of as many as ten players during a game. Barry scored 30.6 points per game, led the NBA in free throw percentage and steals per game, and was sixth in the league in assists per game. The Warriors captured the Pacific Division title with a 48–34 record.[1]

In the playoffs, the Warriors got to the Western Conference Finals by beating the Seattle SuperSonics in six games.[1] In the Western Finals, the Warriors looked like they were about to lose to former teammate Nate Thurmond. The Warriors found themselves down against the Chicago Bulls 3 games to 2. The Warriors rallied to win Game 6 in Chicago and took the series with an 83–79 Game 7 triumph in Oakland.[1] In the NBA Finals, the Warriors faced off against the Washington Bullets. The Warriors took the series in four straight games, including 1-point wins in Games 2 and 4.[1] Rick Barry was named the series MVP.

Offseason[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 1974 NBA draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 11 Jamaal Wilkes F  United States UCLA
2 29 Phil Smith G  United States San Francisco
3 47 Frank Kendrick F  United States Purdue
4 65 Willie Biles G  United States Tulsa
5 83 Steve Erickson  United States Oregon
6 101 John Errecart G  United States Pacific
7 119 Brady Allen  United States California
8 137 Clarence Allen  United States UC Santa Barbara
9 155 Carl Meier  United States California
10 172 Marvin Buckley  United States Nevada

Roster[edit]

Golden State Warriors roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
F 24 United States Barry, Rick 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Miami (FL)
G 21 United States Beard, Butch 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Louisville
G 22 United States Bracey, Steve 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Tulsa
F 32 United States Bridges, Bill 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 228 lb (103 kg) Kansas
F 40 United States Dickey, Derrek 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Cincinnati
G 15 United States Dudley, Charles 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Washington
G 10 United States Johnson, Charles 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) California
C 52 United States Johnson, George 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Dillard
G 23 United States Mullins, Jeff 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Duke
C 44 United States Ray, Clifford 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Oklahoma
G 20 United States Smith, Phil 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) San Francisco
F 41 United States Wilkes, Jamaal 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) UCLA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Reserve Inactive
C Clifford Ray George Johnson
PF Jamaal Wilkes Derrek Dickey Bill Bridges
SF Rick Barry Jeff Mullins Frank Kendrick
SG Butch Beard Phil Smith
PG Charles Johnson Charles Dudley Steve Bracey

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Pacific Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Golden State Warriors C 48 34 .585 -
Seattle SuperSonics 43 39 .524 5
Portland Trail Blazers 38 44 .463 10
Phoenix Suns 32 50 .390 16
Los Angeles Lakers 30 52 .366 18

[2]

C - NBA Champions

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1974-75 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS BUF CHI CLE DET GSW HOU KCO LAL MIL NOJ NYK PHI PHO POR SEA WAS
Atlanta 0–4 1–3 0–4 3–4 2–2 1–3 2–5 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–5 0–4 2–2 4–0 1–3 3–1 3–5
Boston 4–0 5–4 3–1 3–1 3–1 1–3 4–0 2–2 4–0 4–0 4–0 7–2 5–3 3–1 4–0 2–2 2–2
Buffalo 3–1 4–5 1–3 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 1–3 4–0 1–3 4–0 5–3 6–3 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–2
Chicago 4–0 1–3 3–1 2–2 4–5 3–1 2–2 4–5 3–1 3–5 4–0 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 4–0 1–3
Cleveland 4–3 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–2 4–4 2–2 2–2 1–3 6–1 1–3 3–1 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–5
Detroit 2–2 1–3 2–2 5–4 2–2 1–3 2–2 2–6 3–1 3–6 4–0 2–2 3–1 2–2 3–1 2–2 1–3
Golden State 3–1 3–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 3–1 2–2 2–2 5–2 3–1 2–2 3–1 3–1 5–3 5–3 4–3 1–3
Houston 5–2 0–4 2–2 2–2 4–4 2–2 2–2 4–0 2–2 3–1 5–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–5
Kansas City-Omaha 2–2 2–2 3–1 5–4 2–2 6–2 2–2 0–4 3–1 6–3 2–2 2–2 1–3 3–1 3–1 1–3 1–3
Los Angeles 2–2 0–4 0–4 1–3 2–2 1–3 2–5 2–2 1–3 4–0 3–1 0–4 3–1 4–4 2–5 2–6 1–3
Milwaukee 2–2 0–4 3–1 5–3 3–1 6–3 1–3 1–3 3–6 0–4 3–1 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–3 0–4
New Orleans 5–3 0–4 0–4 0–4 1–6 0–4 2–2 3–5 2–2 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 1–3 2–2 1–3 0–7
New York 4–0 2–7 3–5 1–3 3–1 2–2 1–3 3–1 2–2 4–0 1–3 2–2 4–5 3–1 2–2 2–2 1–3
Philadelphia 2–2 3–5 3–6 2–2 1–3 1–3 1–3 2–2 3–1 1–3 1–3 2–2 5–4 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–3
Phoenix 0–4 1–3 1–3 2–2 2–2 2–2 3–5 2–2 1–3 4–4 2–2 3–1 1–3 2–2 1–6 4–3 1–3
Portland 3–1 0–4 2–2 2–2 2–2 1–3 3–5 2–2 1–3 5–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 2–2 6–1 2–6 1–3
Seattle 1–3 2–2 1–3 0–4 2–2 2–2 3–4 3–1 3–1 6–2 3–1 3–1 2–2 2–2 3–4 6–2 1–3
Washington 5–3 2–2 2–2 3–1 5–3 3–1 3–1 5–2 3–1 3–1 4–0 7–0 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1 3–1

Postseason[edit]

West First Round[edit]

The Warriors had a first round bye.

West Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (4) Seattle SuperSonics: Warriors win series 4-2

  • Game 1 @ Golden State: Golden State 123, Seattle 96
  • Game 2 @ Golden State: Seattle 100, Golden State 99
  • Game 3 @ Seattle: Golden State 105, Seattle 96
  • Game 4 @ Seattle: Seattle 111, Golden State 94
  • Game 5 @ Golden State: Golden State 124, Seattle 100
  • Game 6 @ Seattle: Golden State 105, Seattle 96

West Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (2) Chicago Bulls: Warriors win series 4-3

  • Game 1 @ Golden State: Golden State 107, Chicago 89
  • Game 2 @ Chicago: Chicago 90, Golden State 89
  • Game 3 @ Chicago: Chicago 108, Golden State 101
  • Game 4 @ Golden State: Golden State 111, Chicago 106
  • Game 5 @ Golden State: Chicago 89, Golden State 79
  • Game 6 @ Chicago: Golden State 86, Chicago 72
  • Game 7 @ Golden State: Golden State 83, Chicago 79

NBA Finals[edit]

(E1) Washington Bullets vs. (W1) Golden State Warriors: Warriors win series 4-0

  • Game 1 @ Washington: Golden State 101, Washington 95
  • Game 2 @ Golden State: Golden State 92, Washington 91
  • Game 3 @ Golden State: Golden State 109, Washington 101
  • Game 4 @ Washington: Golden State 96, Washington 95

Roster[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]