Golden State Warriors: First Team in NBA History to Start 5 Rookies

by April 27, 2012

The tank-fastic Golden State Warriors made history last night, by trotting out a starting lineup of first-year players. (Shockingly, this strategy resulted in a loss.) From the AP: “The Golden State Warriors became the first NBA team in modern history to start five rookies in one game for their season finale against the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night. With a roster decimated by injuries, coach Mark Jackson fielded a unit of guards Klay Thompson and Charles Jenkins, forwards Chris Wright and Jeremy Tyler, and Mickell Gladness at center. Thompson, Jenkins and Tyler are all Warriors draft picks, while Wright was a training camp invitee and Gladness joined the team after signing a 10-day contract earlier this month. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, which has been tracking the stat since the 1970-71 season, it’s the first time an NBA team has started five rookies in a game.”