The Golden State Warriors had a remarkable season last year, winning an NBA best sixty seven games, and providing fans lots of entertainment en route to their first championship in forty years. They led the league in defensive efficiency and were second in offensive efficiency. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 525 three pointers during the season, the most by a duo in NBA history. Even after these impressive statistics, the defending champs did not seem to get much love entering the 2015-2016 season. A survey was taken among all of the GM’s, and the majority of them picked the the Spurs or Cavaliers to win the 2016 title. This certainly has provided extra motivation for the Warriors, who have opened the season at a franchise record 10-0. After winning games in impressive fashion, many are asking: Can Golden State break the 95-95 Chicago Bulls record season of 72 wins?
Through their first ten games, the Warriors are farther ahead of the pace set by the seventy two win Bulls team. Golden state has a +171 point differential, sixty one more than Chicago had. They are also averaging 114.8 points per game, significantly higher than the 92 Bulls average of 106.6 through ten games. The reason for the Warriors improved offensive success is due in large part to Stephen Curry. Curry is playing better than ever, averaging 31.9 points per game. He believes that this years Warriors team is better than last years and when asked about the possibility of being better than the Bulls 72 win team, he said, “We want to be at the best we can be, and if that’s 72, 73 wins, then so be it.”
It is only November, and there is lots of games left to be played. There could be bumps in the road throughout the season. If Golden State stays healthy and continues to handle teams, there could be a serious chance of a record season looming for Stephen Curry and company.