The possibilities of this Warriors team were endless. Tim Hardaway, Chris Mullin, Latrell Sprewell and of course, the number one overall pick, Chris Webber. The four never actually took the floor together, as Hardaway missed the 93-94 season with a torn ACL and Webber was traded after the season for butting heads with Don Nelson.
It’s still kind of amazing that it even happened to begin with. Nelson was not the kind of coach to need a traditional big man, and Webber was anything but a traditional big man, as you can see here. It should have been a match made in heaven. The team won 50 games even without Hardaway. It’s similarly amazing that the Warriors management would trade Webber rather than fire Nelson. If you can’t make talent like that work on a basketball court, you shouldn’t coach.
Not surprisingly, the team quit on Nelson after the trade, and he subsequently resigned halfway through the season after having a series of health problems related to stress). For what it’s worth, here’s Webber’s last game as a Warrior, a playoff matchup against Charles Barkley’s Suns. 16 points, 8 boards, 13 assists from your 6’10” rookie big man in his first playoff series. Consider it a candle for what might have been.