For the first time since 1975, the Golden State Warriors enter the season looking to defend the title. After a magnificent championship run under the helm of rookie head coach Steve Kerr, the Dubs look scarier than ever. With another year of knowledge under the belt of young stars Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, the Warriors look to top last year’s astounding 67-15 record.
Reigning MVP Steph Curry had a stellar year, in which he put up averages of 23.8 points, 7.7 assists and 286 made 3-pointers, and was at the head of a dangerous offense that was ranked second in the association to the LA Clippers. Their offense was otherworldly when it was clicking as they had seemingly limitless options – the best three point shooters in the league, athletic slashing wings and big men with a unique blend of finishing and passing ability. However the Dubs really made their mark on the league with their unmatched league best defensive efficiency. With their team anchor Andrew Bogut manning the paint, excellent positional defenders like Klay Thompson and Draymond Green compliment their defensive, while Andre Iguodala was credited with the impossible task of limiting LeBron in the NBA Finals.
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Fans cannot wait for the regular season to start as the Golden State Warriors schedule has them opening the year at Oracle against Anthony Davis and his New Orleans Pelicans. This looks to be an electrifying start to the regular season with Anthony Davis one year closer to unlocking his ridiculous potential in a rematch of last year’s first round series. With the Warriors being defending champs, it’s only natural that they get every team’s best shot on a nightly basis. This will make for some interesting match-ups, especially against other contenders who are gunning to dethrone Steph Curry and company.
Another electrifying rematch comes on Christmas Day against a, hopefully, healthy Cavs. After both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love sat out and were forced to watch their team crumble, the Cavs are going will likely head into this meeting with a chip on their shoulder. With the Cavs looking as the favorites to come out of the East once again, we are looking at a potential finals preview in the making.
The Dubs, who lost 15 games all season last year, have a tough start to their schedule this time around. Their first five games are all against teams who made the Western Conference Playoffs last year including two games against the Pelicans, the Rockets, Grizzlies and Clippers. If they can get into an early rhythm and subsequently off to a good start once again, they should be seen as early repeat champions. Even with the loss of David Lee, the Warriors have undoubtedly improved over the summer and as long as they stay reasonably healthy, will be one of the league’s powerhouses.
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