The Golden State Warriors have had an incredible run to start off the 2015-2016 NBA season, and no one can deny it. Virtually nothing has changed from their lineup from last year except for the addition of James Michael McAdoo who has seen plenty of playing time, more than anyone expected. Many expected that the Warriors were poised to have the same kind of run they had last year in beating the Cavaliers in six games in the NBA Finals to claim the championship.
With that being said, very few people could have predicted that they would have started the season winning the first 24 games. Along with that, during this hot start to the fresh season that just surpassed its quarter point, I could almost guarantee no one would have predicted that the Milwaukee Bucks would be the team to put a halt to the undefeated season.
The Warriors can be a dangerous team to play against, they can also be a dangerous team to play for as well. Half of the time you rarely see any structure when it comes to play-calling, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson randomly throw up shots, they live and die by the three point shot, they’re not a sizable squad, and sometimes have zero presence under the basket. Believe me, I know how it is to watch a team live and die by the three point line. I have been a Duke fan my entire life and I can tell you if a team is shooting above 60 percent from the three point line for the season, then that should be considered a success.
This team is riding so high on cloud nine right now that it is almost unimaginable how they feel since a finite amount of people know what it is like to have a winning streak that they currently have. Do I feel as if they could go down in history as one of the top-10 greatest teams to touch a basketball court? Well of course I do. Do I think they’re going to surpass the Bulls teams from the 90’s, the 80’s Lakers, or even the 60’s Celtics? Of course not.
The talent in the NBA has changed so much from the early days in the league. Now in the NBA, teams have at least one player they can look to in order to lead them. Back twenty or thirty years ago, that one player found a way to make everyone around them great. It wasn’t about building a team around one person, it was about just strictly building a team.
Kudo’s to an organization that has found a way to build a team that all share the same goals and will do anything they can to achieve that goal. From the point guard position down to the center position, they all understand what it takes to win and they all understand that they all have different roles that are extremely fundamental to win.