NBA Season Preview Part VIII: The Champs
We made it friends. This is the grand finale of our NBA season preview series. If you missed part one, two, three, four, five, six, and/or seven, you can find them via the various links embedded in this sentence. The brief synopsis is thus: We’re taking a quick look at every team in the league, organized in tiers. Each tier will get its own post, starting with the worst and building up to the best.
This isn’t meant to be a definitive ranking (though we should drop some power rankings shortly), so teams within tiers are ordered alphabetically.
Today we present you with a grouping we’re referring to as the “The Champs.” It’s not so much a group as a single team, but such is the world we live in. The Warriors are good enough to be considered in a class of their own. So good, we even went through the absurd process of considering whether or not they could finish the regular season undefeated.
Golden State Warriors
Last Year’s Record: 67–15
C- Zaza Pachulia
PF- Draymond Green
SF- Kevin Durant
SG- Klay Thompson
PG- Steph Curry
Relevant Bench Players: Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, David West, Patrick McCaw, JaVale McGee, Omri Casspi, and Nick Young
There probably isn’t much we can say here about the Warriors that hasn’t already been said. They’re the best team in the league by a considerable margin, and quite possibly the best team in the history of the NBA. If they’re at full strength, any loss will come as a shock.
Golden State’s roster includes three of the best shooters to ever walk the earth, two of the best offensive creators of all-time, and, from this observer’s perspective, the best defensive player in the league. Not to mention a legion of versatile, switchable defenders and additional shooters up and down the bench.
There is a real chance this team finishes the year first in both offensive and defensive efficiency. Several teams have inched closer to the Warriors this off season, but they’re still a long ways from being truly competitive. The title is Golden State’s to lose.
This piece was written by High Off The Glass creator, contributor, and editor in chief Greg Cassoli. He has an unhealthy obsession with NBA basketball.