Season Preview: Golden State Warriors
The time has come… The Golden State Warriors get to finally try to avenge the loss that rained on their 73-9 parade.
The most talked about team in the league last season, spent its offseason becoming possibly the most hated team since the Detroit Bad Boys.
In a season that saw them be almost unbeatable. The playoffs started the same way, until OKC pushed them into a 3-1 hole. They somehow managed to bounce back from it, only to blow their own 3-1 lead to the Cavaliers.
Steph Curry became the first unanimous MVP, in winning his 2nd straight MVP. He poured in 30.1 PPG while making 402 3-pointers.On top of that, he averaged 6.7 assists. He also was 4th on the team in rebounding.
Then there is Klay Thompson who added another 22.1 PPG. Thompson also put up 276 3-pointers of his own.
This backcourt was easily the best in the league last season, but quite possibly it was the best ever.
Then there is the Draymond Green. He was 2nd in the league in terms of triple-doubles. However, all of the good things he did for this team fell behind his new-found villain/enforcer persona.
The Warriors finished 1st in terms of offense in the league with 114.9 PPG. Their defense is hard to read, they were ranked 19th in the league at 104.1 PPG. However, when you score as often and as quick as they do, those stats can be slightly skewed.
On top of everything that happened in the season, the Warriors also won the free agency prize of the year. They landed Kevin Durant.
This has made them the most hated, but also the favorites for a title. The cost of signing Durant may be more than just the $54.3 million though.
They depleted a lot of the depth that was on their bench, especially at the center position. They are now without Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli, Marreese Speights, Harrison Barnes, and Brandon Rush.
Only time will tell whether the risk is worth the reward.
The Warriors open their season tonight against the San Antonio Spurs.
Malachi David is an NBA contributor for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter: @SportReportMD