The 2006-2007 season featured one of the most shocking NBA Playoff upsets in history.
After ending the regular season on a 16-5 run to capture the eighth seed in the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors met the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the first round.
As with any one-eight matchup, the one seed was heavily favorited, but Golden State, aptly called the “We Believe” Warriors, did the impossible and won the series in six games.
When they reached the second round, they fell to the Utah Jazz in five games, but the initial shock of the first round upset gave the team some historic meaning.
Tonight, the Warriors take on the Mavericks. While both teams look completely different, have you ever wondered where the players from the We Believe team are now? Look no further.
Baron Davis (PG)
Davis averaged 20.1 points and 8.1 assists per game for the Warriors and was considered one of the best point guards in the NBA in the 2006-2007 season.
After spending one more season in Golden State, Davis moved on to the Los Angeles Clippers, was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers midway through the 2010-2011 season, and ended his career in miserable fashion, posting 6.1 points in 20.5 minutes over 29 games for the New York Knicks.
He signed that one-year deal with the Knicks in December and shortly after he took over the starting point guard duties, he tore his ACL and MCL and no team took a shot on him until the 2015-2016 season, when he signed a D-League contract.
He played in the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game this season and it appears as though his playing days are over.
Monta Ellis (SG)
Ellis had a breakout season for the Warriors in 2006-2007. After seeing limited playing time the year before as a rookie, he averaged 16.5 points over 34.3 minutes per contest in his sophomore campaign.
He stayed with the Warriors until he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks midway through the 2011-2012 season, but it was in Golden State where he made a name for himself as one of the best scorers in the league. In 2009-2010, he put up 25.5 points and 5.3 assists per game.
After a year and a half in Milwaukee, he signed with the Dallas Mavericks, where he played two seasons before moving on to the Indiana Pacers. Now 31-years-old, Ellis is playing a more limited role, averaging 8.7 points over 26.7 minutes per contest. He has started 23 of Indiana’s 62 games this season.
Jason Richardson (SF)
Richardson put up 16.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 38.4 minutes for the 2006-2007 team.
As a high-flying dunk artist, Richardson’s offensive game was well-developed and he was a threat on a nightly basis.
Just months after the first round upset, he was traded, along with a second round pick, to the Charlotte Bobcats for rights to the eighth pick (Brandan Wright).
Richardson was then traded to the Phoenix Suns in December of 2008 before getting traded twice more, to the Orlando Magic in 2010 and Philadelphia 76ers in 2012.
Shortly after signing with the Atlanta Hawks in 2015, he announced his retirement after bone spurs threatened his quality of life.
Stephen Jackson (PF)
Jackson was part of the eight-player deal before the start of the 2006-2007 season in which he was traded from the Indiana Pacers to the Warriors.
Jackson, recognized as a bad boy for his entire NBA career, was ejected in Game 2 and Game 5 of the series against the Mavs, but registered 33 points, including seven threes, in Game 6 to help pull off the upset.
He would go on to play two more full seasons with the Warriors before getting traded to the Bobcats in the 2009-2010 season. He played for the Bucks, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers before being waived by L.A. in January of 2014.
He is now a regular on ESPN’s The Jump talking about all things NBA.
Al Harrington (C)
Along with Jackson, Harrington moved from the Pacers to the Warriors before the start of the magical season. In 2006-2007, he averaged 17.0 points and 6.4 rebounds in 42 games for the Warriors.
In November of 2008, he was traded to the New York Knicks for Jamal Crawford. He then signed with the Nuggets in 2010 before getting traded to the Orlando Magic in 2012 in part of a four-team trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers.
After a year with the Washington Wizards, he played in the Chinese Basketball Association in 2014 and in the National Basketball Association in Australia in 2015. He has not played pro ball since.
Matt Barnes (Reserve)
By the time Barnes began the 2006-2007 season with the Warriors, he had already played for four teams in his first two seasons in the league.
For that team, he averaged 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in mainly a crucial reserve role off the bench. Injecting energy and passion into his teammates when he was on the court, Barnes was a scrappy player who made a positive impact.
He has played for a total of nine NBA teams and is currently on his second stint with the Warriors after the team signed him following his release by the Sacramento Kings. Due to Kevin Durant’s knee injury, he has provided minutes at the small forward position, averaging 5.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in 19.3 minutes per contest in 10 games with the club.
Mickael Pietrus (Reserve)
Pietrus averaged a career-high 11.1 points as a 24-year-old for the Warriors in 2006-2007 and played an important role off the bench, averaging 26.9 minutes per game. As a versatile, athletic wing player, he was often tasked with guarding the opposition’s top scorers.
He would spend one more season with the Warriors before signing as a free agent with the Magic in 2008. He was then traded, along with Vince Carter and Marcin Gortat, oddly enough for former teammate Jason Richardson, Earl Clark and Hedo Turkoglu from the Suns.
He would then play a season for the Boston Celtics and one for the Toronto Raptors before playing in a Puerto Rican league in 2015. Later that year, he signed with a team in his native France, where he currently still plays.
Andris Biedrins (Reserve)
Biedrins averaged 9.5 points and 9.3 rebounds per game as a 20-year-old in the 2006-2007 season, but by the time the playoffs rolled around, the team went with a more veteran-centric approach, limiting to well below his season average of 29.0 minutes per game.
In 2008-2009, he posted 11.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per contest in what was the best season of his 10-year NBA career.
Joining the team as an 18-year-old in 2004-2005, he remained with the organization until the 2013-2014 season, when he played just six games for the Jazz in a limited capacity after being traded in a salary dump by the Warriors.
He would then be waived by Utah and has been out of the league ever since.News Now - Sport News