Warriors' five most underrated moves in Joe Lacob-Peter Guber era


It has been exactly 10 years since Joe Lacob and Peter Guber agreed to buy the Warriors for $450 million.

Over the last decade, the franchise has won three NBA titles, relocated to San Francisco and become a global brand valued at $4.3 billion.

Lacob and Guber have made countless decisions as Golden State's owners, so let's highlight five of their most underrated/overlooked moves (in chronological order) that might not immediately come to mind.

Hiring Bob Myers

Myers joined the franchise in April 2011 as assistant general manager. The Bay Area native -- who was an agent before choosing a new career path -- was promoted to general manager one year later.

Myers was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2015 and 2017. And as Draymond Green said at the Warriors' championship parade in 2017: "Can somebody give Bob some f--king credit?! ... Bob is definitely the best GM in the league and he just sit back; don't want no credit."

Hiring Jerry West

The NBA's logo became an Executive Board member with Golden State in May 2011. West arguably is the greatest executive in NBA history, and immediately gave the franchise some much-needed credibility.

He was a big believer in Klay Thompson, and spoke on the phone with Kevin Durant before KD signed with the Dubs in July 2016.

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Purchasing the Dakota Wizards

The Warriors became the fourth NBA team to own and operate a D-League (now G League) affiliate when they purchased the Dakota Wizards in June 2011.

The franchise relocated to Northern California prior to the start of the 2012-13 season and became the Santa Cruz Warriors. Golden State effectively has used Santa Cruz to develop young players, and don't forget about the assignments for Steph Curry and DeMarcus Cousins.

Hiring Rick Welts

Welts came on board in late September 2011 as the Warriors' president and chief operating officer. The man who created the concept of "NBA All-Star weekend" was integral in making Chase Center a reality, and was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018.

"Peter Guber and I have made it quite clear since we assumed control of this team in November that we're looking to build a world-class organization from top to bottom," Lacob said nearly nine years ago. "We feel that we've taken a quantum leap in that direction today with the addition of Rick Welts as our president and COO."

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Trading Monta Ellis

Monta Ellis was beloved (and still is) by Dub Nation, and Warriors fans were very upset when the front office shipped him to the Milwaukee Bucks in March 2012.

But acquiring Andrew Bogut was an important step to building a championship roster, and the move opened the door for the Splash Brothers to come to life.

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