2015-16 NBA Preview – Golden State Warriors

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2014-15 Record: 67-15

2014-15 Offense: 110.0 PPG (1st)

2014-15 Defense: 99.9 PPG (15th)

Key Additions: Jason Thompson (C), Kevon Looney (PF)

Key Losses: David Lee (PF)

2015-16 Outlook:

The Warriors got no respect for their fantastic, championship season last year. At least that’s what they’re telling themselves. “NO ONE BELIEVES IN US”. I’ll give them some respect though. They were the best team in the league, by far. They were one of the best basketball teams of all time. They had no weaknesses. Can we expect a repeat performance from Golden State this year?

They’re bringing back basically the same team from last year so it’s certainly possible. David Lee would have been a big loss a couple years ago but he barely played last year. No Lee probably means more small ball for Golden State. The Warriors small ball lineup crushed opponents last year so that’s probably a good thing. They’re also still a young team and some of their players might continue to get better. Can you imagine if Harrison Barnes takes a huge leap forward in year four. It just wouldn’t be fair to the rest of the league.

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There are some reason to doubt the Warriors though. They played so well it just doesn’t seem likely they can keep it up. They’ll be getting everyone’s best effort now. They could experience a big injury (Stephen Curry hasn’t gotten hurt in a few years). Draymond Green got paid and might not be properly motivated. Coach Steve Kerr is out with a back injury. It’s hard to see them winning 67 games again but I think they’re still the favorites to win the title.

2015-16 Projected Record: 62-20

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