In the immortal words of former NFL coach Dennis Green, “they are who we thought they were.” So why did we ever forget just how special the Golden State Warriors are?
So many big things happened to make the Western Conference much more competitive this year, with LaMarcus Aldridge signing with the Spurs, the Clippers gaining veteran bench players, Ty Lawson joining the Rockets and Kevin Durant regaining health for the Thunder. It was easy to forget just how dominant the Warriors were in 2015.
Many analysts ruled them out as well, saying a jump-shooting team couldn’t continue winning the way they have. But with every bucket point guard Stephen Curry drains, the less imposing these other teams look.
Curry is currently averaging 32.4 points per game and is shooting 53.5% from the field. If this productivity continues, these Warriors may in fact, be better than last year. Center Festus Ezeli seemingly came out of nowhere to put up solid numbers and play good defense in the time Andrew Bogut missed from injury.
Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were two of the most improved players in the league last season and Harrison Barnes is rapidly advancing his game as well. Oh, and they have the Finals MVP in Andre Igoudala coming off the bench.
In an offseason with big-name signings, intriguing trades and last-minute decisions, the Golden State Warriors ultimately won the game of free agency by not playing. They re-signed their own players, dealt away David Lee (who wanted out) and got ready for this season.
The Warriors are 8-0 to start the season, and it is a very long season, so I’m not by any means handing them the title in November. I’m just saying, this team doesn’t have their head coach, has been playing with a backup center and hasn’t scored under 100 points yet this year.
Your move, Western Conference.