Why Are the Golden State Warriors Called the Dubs?

why are the Warriors called the dubs?
If you’re a basketball fan but aren’t too familiar with the Golden State Warriors, you may be a bit confused by their nickname. If you look in the stands at the signs the fans display at Golden State Warrior games or listen to commentators talking about the team, you will soon realize that the team is known as “the Dubs” and the fans as “DubNation.”

Why are the Golden State Warriors called the Dubs?

The Warriors are called “the Dubs” in a truncated pronunciation of the “W” of Warriors

The Dubs is one of those nicknames or terms that doesn’t seem to make much sense when you first hear or see it. In fact, one of the reasons you’re likely reading this article is because you couldn’t figure out why the Warriors are called that on your own. While it may at first appear strange, once you realize where it comes from, it makes a lot more sense.

The nickname began in the 1990’s when younger fans decided to shorten the word “Warriors” when referring to the team. Instead of pronouncing the team’s full name, some fans began to refer to the team as the “W’s”. “W” soon was changed from its proper pronunciation to “dub-a-u,” which then was further shortened to just “dub.” As the team became more popular with the younger generation using this slang to describe the team, the term caught on with the general public, and the team began to refer to themselves in this manner as well. So while The Dubs may seem a little strange at first, it’s simply a shortening of the team name “Warriors” over time.

Why are the Warriors fans called Dub Nation?

Dub Nation is how fans refer to themselves as a collective whole. If you’re a Golden State Warriors fan, then you are part of the Dub Nation. Since it was the fans who originally came up with the nickname of the Dubs for the Warriors, they also began to call themselves by the same term. Instead of calling themselves “The Warrior Nation,” the fans use the same abbreviation for “Warriors” and began to call themselves the “Dub Nation.”

Why are the Warriors called the doves?

The Warriors and their fans don’t refer to themselves as the doves, although people thinking they call themselves “the doves” is a common misconception. The reason this happens isn’t too difficult to surmise. Since there is a similar pronunciation between the words “Dub” and “Dove,” it makes sense that the two words could get mixed up. This is especially true sine “Dub” isn’t a normal word in the English language, so many people likely mishear it as the closest real word they know, which happens to be “dove.”

Why are the Warriors called The City?

When the Warriors first moved to the west coast in 1962, the were located in San Francisco and were called the San Francisco Warriors. “The City” logo was created in the years before they moved across the San Francisco Bay and renamed themselves the Golden State Warriors. “The City” refers to San Francisco even though the Warriors currently are located in Oakland (but will be moving to a new stadium there soon).

“The City” logo uniforms were brought back in the mid-2000s as a throwback uniform. They’re iconic for the area, look good, and most importantly, sell well as merchandise. Since they are one of the most popular logos for fans, the Warriors use this throwback uniform on a regular basis these days.

Why do the Warriors rub their arms?

The Golden State Warriors have a unique 3-point celebration. If you watch the Warriors bench (and now many of the fans in the crowd as well) you will often see them make a 3-point gesture that might not make sense at first sight. The bench (and crowd) will stand up and point their arm toward the sky making an “okay” sign (thumb and pointer finger in a circle with the other three fingers sticking out), then take their other hand and begin to rub it up and down along the outstretched arm.

The gesture is supposed to represent a shotgun being fired and then reloaded. It’s the team’s way of showing approval toward the 3-point shooting ability of their teammates, and acknowledging that the players are “locked and loaded” and ready to score. The gesture originated on the warriors bench from Shaun Livingston, who brought it with him when he joined the Warriors. It stuck, and it now can be seen many times throughout most Warriors games.

66 comments

  1. Thank you for this. I must be getting old. I’ve been wondering about this since the beginning of the season when I started to watch the Golden State Warriors again after living overseas for about 15 years. I had no idea what they were talking about when they kept calling them the Dubs. it makes a lot more sense now.

    1. You are going to be hearing a lot more about the dubs now that Kevin Durant is part of the team. It’s going to be an exciting year to watch the Warriors play, and this may eventually be a team of the century. Enjoy watching them play!

      1. Team of the century? They have trouble with the Celts, who don’t even have Hayward back.. actually the Celtics are better than anyone thought. L ETS see who can run with them in a long series..

  2. This is literally the stupidest nickname in all of sports. Seriously, how can anyone think that “dubs” is a cool nickname? I cringe every time I hear it. Be proud of the name Warriors and stop acting like 5 year olds that can’t pronounce words correctly!

    1. seriously agree with scott.

      I am a southbay resident and seriously this pisses me off. Perhaps a reflection of the not so educated and “pop culture” adopting a name without questioning it but just following the trend (just like apple fans) it became this crap. uhhhh. humanity is inevitably going towards “idiotcracy” 🙁

  3. Lebron, “Heyy Steph how about you come to Cleveland and we can start something reaal special na mean?”
    “Click.”
    “Heyy how about if I go over to Cali?”
    “Click.”
    Lebron, “Heyyy Kawhi ol buddy ol pal”

  4. They’re called the dubs because all the do is have “W” after each game they play! They are the best team in the NBA.

  5. The Golden State Warriors are highly overrated and aren’t likely to win the championship this year. They got lucky with an easy schedule in 2015 and teams are playing rope a dope with them a the moment. These “dubs” are going to go down.

    1. Haha idiot — we about to break the record. What u have to say now? Haters I swear stop drinking that haterade

    2. 73-9. What do you have to say about the Dubs now? The best regular season record ever. Now tell me they are overrated!

    3. Excuse me but that is not true. They may be a little overrated but if they can make 73 wins a season they truly represent greatness. And yes I know we can’t dwell on the 73 wins for long. Steph curry being the great player broke his heart we record within 1 year. That’s not something to dwell on either. But to make a point this season was their season and they have the potential, inspiring the future generations of nba. So Steve get your thoughts straight and rethink what u just said. (I am a warriors fan, not being Bierce)

  6. People don’t realize what they are witnessing with the dubs at the moment. This is like the Bulls of lore. his team is going to be talked about decades down the road and the new generations won’t believe the stories being told bout them. Good thing there is video of everything. Go Dubs!

    1. Yes! It’s been an incredible regular season and the playoffs are likely to be the same. We’re watching basketball history!

  7. It’s only old people that don’t get this nickname. Anyone that is culturally relevant understands it perfectly and has no problem with it. It’s just like the old generation thinking that they are better old teams better than the dubs. They are just out of touch with the reality of today and the best team in basketball ever!

  8. I’m fairly “old” as you put it, and I like the name “Dubs”. I just wasn’t sure where it originated from. I am proud to be part of “Dub Nation” and I AM ‘culturally relevant’ too!. Try not to be such a jerk!! Geez!!!

  9. Thank you for this explanation. I recently started following the Golden State Warriors due to their attempt to reach 73 wins in a season. I kept on hearing the team called “the Dubs” and I had no idea what the announcers were talking about I now understand. It makes a whole lot more sense now.

  10. It’s just creativity. Try not too be such a jerk. No offense but seriously. The coaches don’t have a problem. Neither does the team so being the chair member and coach you are u don’t deserve to be able to post a comment like that

  11. Might as well crown this group of warrior the champions or the next few years. The Dubs are going to be the team every other NBA team is chasing for years to come. It just seems unfair how good they are, but it’s pure joy to watch!

  12. Ever notice how little, I mean really little kids are interested in Stephen Curry? I love it- he is an amazing role model for any kid, teenager or adult because he’s real. I think the younger (as in little kids) helped to make the Dub thing stick! It’s all good fun- I’m a Spurs fan (talk about old!) but I can appreciate what is happening with DubNation! Thanks much for the explanation.

  13. The Dubs are nothing without Steph Curry. They are such an overrated team and now that he’s out, we’ll see that the team is nothing more than a mediocre team. I can’t wait to see Dub Nation wallowing in their tears and wondering why they aren’t as great as they think they are when the Golden State Warriors don’t even make it to the finals this year. Keep deluding yourselves that you’re the best team when in reality you can even match up to the teams like Oklahoma City and San Antonio this year. It’s good to be a hard fall, but it’s your own fault for drinking the Kool-Aid.

  14. Everyone here is delusional. The Cleveland Cavaliers are going to smoke the Warriors this year if San Antonio or Oklahoma City don’t do it first. Everyone seems to forget that Cleveland was playing without two of its best players last year and still took it to 6 games. Where would the Dubs be if they didn’t have Curry and Thompson? Mark my words — Cleveland will be the NBA champions in 2016

    1. The Cavs destroyed the Dubs in game three. The Dubs are going down badly and I can’t wait to hear you all whining about your “greatest team ever” delusion!

    2. Classic!! Draymond Green just cost the Dubs the series by being the crotch kicking and hitting player he is. I can’t wait to see the Cavs beat up on the Dubs in Oracle and cry all the way back to Cleveland.

    3. Like I always said, the Dubs will go down to the Cavs. Game 7 and the Dubs don’t have a chance with the momentum 100% to the Cavs. Start weeping and making excuses Warriors fans. I predicted it all along!!

  15. Hahahaha — I typed in “Why are the Warriors called the Ducks” because I thought they were calling themselves “The Ducks” I had no idea what the announcers were saying since there are no ducks as part of their team or mascot. It makes a lot more sense now!

  16. Hahaha — the Dubs should be called the “Ls” because they are going down to OKC Thunder. They lose the first game on their home court — they don’t have a chance. Let’s all agree just to call them the Ls from now on!!

    1. But they whooped OKC ass and now they are on to clevland and they are going to beat some more ass again with clevland they only won 1 game only 1 game clevland only won 1 game golden state has won 3 game not 1 not 2 but 3 bo team has ever come back from a 3-1 defeat I dobut clevland would be that one team to come back from it.

  17. “Dubs” is sort of a strange nickname for a team. I can understand why a lot of people have trouble understanding what the announcers are saying the first time they say it. And it isn’t readily apparent imo. After reading this article it makes sense, but I would have never guessed that on my own without any hints.

  18. I believe there is an ‘M’ missing. It should be ‘Dumbnation’. I’m sorry Golden State and Warriors suck as words. I guess it’s too hard to say Warriors. Even Hodor can muster the command of English to say two syllables.

  19. That was a disappointing finish to an otherwise incredible season for the Dubs in 2016. I just want to say congratulation to the Cavaliers for a great series and doing what needed to be done to take the championship. I look forward to many more of these matchups in the future because I think these are going to be the two dominant teams in each division for the years to come. I’m already predicting that 2017 will be the year of the Dubs!

    1. You can’t be true Dubs fan if you are willing to congratulate the Cavaliers like that. Or congratulate any team other than the Warriors for that matter. Dubs fans only care about the Warriors. Nice try to act like a normal human being, but the rest of the league already knows that the dubs and their fans are the worst in the NBA. We all rejoice to their losing after all their trash talk throughout the year.

  20. The Dubs become the team to beat in 2017. Everyone should stop hating on the nickname and enjoy the best team ever put together. It’s going to be a fun basketball year!

  21. The 2016 – 2017 NBA season will be the beginning of the Dubs Dynasty (doesn’t that have a nice ring to it?) They are going to win the next three championships and go down as the best team in NBA history. It’s going to be a fun to be a Dubs fan the next few years!

    1. I can’t wait for the 2016/2017 NBA season to begin. It’s going to be an incredible Dubs team and we’re going to see some exciting basketball. I know that football season has just started and most people aren’t thinking about basketball at this point in time, but if your Dubs fan it’s kind of hard to contain the excitement.

  22. I think the Golden State Warriors should be called the “dumbs” instead of the Dubs. I mean really, how does a team that wins 73 games during the regular season lose the championship? That’s the dumbest thing in the world. I think we can all agree that we have nickname name for this team.

  23. I think this is one of the worst basketball nicknames ever. I mean, it doesn’t even make sense unless you happen to know the background. The mere fact that people have to write articles about what “Dubbs” means shows that it’s not a good nickname. Nickname should be so obvious that everybody understands or they come from, and people don’t even know what the announcers are saying The time. It just seems to me that it’s a stupid nickname.

    1. I have to agree with this even though I am a Golden State fan. “Dubs” really is a terrible nickname. For a franchise that’s as good as it is today, you’d think they would come up with a way to call themselves that was a little more imaginative and relevant to the entire league and not just their young fanbase.

  24. The preseason is here! I just watched the Dubs play the Sacramento Kings, and if this season goes like that game did, the rest of the league is going to be dreading facing the dubs the season. It’s going to be so much fun watching these games. I can’t wait for the regular season to begin.

  25. 2017 looks like it’s going to be a great year for the Warriors. I can’t wait to watch them this season with the addition of Durant. It’s going to be a fun year!

  26. The Dubs made the mistake of moving from America’s beloved team to America’s villain team. Everyone except those in the Bay Area now hope they lose spectacularly like they did in the finals. Instead of trying to get better by playing better, they tried to get better by bringing in a ringer, and nobody likes it when a team tries to do that.

  27. Calling the Warriors the Dubs is a dumbing down of our collective intellect. Have we really become a society where it’s too much trouble to say three syllables so we have to truncate it to a single one?

  28. My kids were running around saying this and I had no idea what they were talking about. I wish the younger generation would use proper words instead of having to abbreviate everything they say and write.

  29. The Warriors are awesome, who cares if they abbreviate the letter W with dubs the present is now, and those people who are not in Dub Nation then your just going to have to suck it up

  30. If you really think about it, it’s a pretty stupid nickname for a great team. Shortening a word for ease doesn’t make it cool. I wish they had chosen something else as I really don’t like it and I’m a Warriors fan.

  31. As long as the dubs keep winning, it doesn’t really matter what they’re called beyond the best team in basketball. It’s just a nickname folks. Settle down and enjoy the show!

  32. I think we should start calling them the “wins” because that all this team seems to do — win games. It’s a great time to be a Warriors fan!

  33. to steve, you suck Warriors are the best team ever at this moment. You need to take back you’re comment!
    Dubs nation with Leon.

  34. GO Kevin Durant, Stephan Curry,THE Golden State Warriors, and DUB NATION! Let’s make it 16-0 in the 2017 post season!!! Fingers Crossed!!! 🙂

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