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The Golden State Warriors: A brief history of the current NBA defending champions.

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The Golden State Warriors: A brief history of the current NBA defending champions.

The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team located in Oakland, California, United States of America. The Warriors take part in the National Basketball Association (NBA) competition and are members of the Pacific Divison with fellow division teams the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, and Sacramento Kings. The Warriors are also colleagues in the Western Conference along with teams from the Northwest Divison ( the Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers and Utah Jazz) and Southwest Divison ( the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans and the San Antonio Spurs).

The Golden State Warriors currently play their home games in Oakland at Oracle Arean. The Warriors have made nine NBA Finals appearances in the years 1947,1948,1956,1964,1967,1975,2015,2016 and 2017 and won the NBA Title five times in the years 1947, 1956, 1975, 2015 and 2017. Golden State's total of five NBA titles is tied for fourth most in the history of the NBA along with the San Antonio Spurs placing them behind only the Chicago Bulls (6), Los Angeles Lakers (16) and the Boston Celtics (17). As of 2017, the Warriors are estimated to be valued at $2.6 billion, which according to Forbes makes them the third most valuable franchise in the NBA.

In 1946 this team was established in Philadephia, Pennsylvania as the Philadephia Warriors one of the founding members of the Basketball Association of America (BAA). In the year 1962, the franchise found a new home in the Bay Area of San Francisco and consequently changed their team name to the San Francisco Warriors. It was not until the year 1971 that the team decided to change their geographic nickname to the Californian state nickname Golden State.

Stephen Curry and Wilt Chamberlain are the only two Golden State Warriors players to have won the NBA MVP award winning the prize a combined three times between the pair. A total of 18 Hall of Famers has played for the Warriors at one point in their careers, with another four having coached the Warriors team. Golden State holds many significant NBA records including best NBA regular season record (73-9), best NBA postseason record (16-1) and most wins in a season (both regular and postseason combined) with a total of 88 wins.

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