Jason Klaer – Indy Writer
Through 56 games of the National Basketball Association season, the Golden State Warriors have made its opponents look mediocre to say the least. Posting a 51-5 record, the squad from the Bay Area have the best record through this much of the season in NBA history. Golden State is chasing the 95-96 Chicago Bulls for the best record ever (72-10). Stephen Curry has led the way for the Warriors, averaging almost 30 points-per-game while also hitting unbelievable shots.
Although Golden State has taken the 11th most field goal attempts (4880), the team has made the most in the NBA (2375) and second in overall field-goal percentage (.487). There is only one team that the rest of the NBA has wanted to see more on the road than the Warriors and that is Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour. Golden State follows, with 100.3% of the capacity of a stadium coming to watch the Splash Brothers. This means people are here for two-and-a-half hours just to see them play.
Golden State is also top-10 in defensive rebounds (36.3/game), steals (8.3/game) and assists (29/game). Stephen Curry recently tied the record for consecutive games with a made three-point basket (179). Continuing on the state sheet, running is something which has been incorporated into the offense of Golden State. No other team scores more points in transition than the Warriors. Golden State’s 20.69 per-contest fast-break points is the best in the league. However, they allow the fourth-most points in transition (15.07/game).
Post Defense has also been an issue for the smaller Warriors, who have allowed the second-most points in the paint (45.78/game). Yes folks, there is even something which keeps track of the number of times a team is tied. Good guess, the Golden State Warriors experience the least ties throughout a 48-minute game (3.80/game). Only the Spurs (4.68) and Celtics (5.41) experience fewer lead changes during a game, compared to the Warriors (5.45).
Free throws are considered “free”, but the Warriors do not rely on those. Ranking 29 out of 30, Golden State almost never gets points from the charity strike. Golden State averages about 115 points-per-game, which is six points more than the next team. Almost 40 points come out of three-point field-goals for the Warriors. The top seed in the Western Conference has knocked down 721 three pointers, which is good enough for the most in the NBA.
Curry (266) has hit 90 more three pointers than the next closest player. Next on the list is his teammate, Klay Thompson, who has 176 under his belt. Curry also has the fourth-highest field-goal percentage inside the three-point line (.570), which is usually saved for frontcourt players in the NBA. Golden State is an experienced team in age (27.3 years) but have only really had such an impact in basketball over the last two years. It will be interesting to see how the team will fare for the rest of the season and look to be the first repeat champs in the NBA since the Los Angeles Lakers.
(Featured image retrieved from: Bleacherreport.com)