Now it’s no secret that I don’t like the Golden State Warriors, or Steph Curry for that matter. But what they’ve been doing this year is historical and the team this year could break records, a lot of them. Last years championship winning squad went 67-15, not too shabby. They fell five games short of tying the most wins in one season, set by the ’96 Chicago Bulls, led by legend Michael Jordan. What’s scary though, is that this years Warriors squad looks a lot better than last year, even without Steve Kerr on the sidelines (he’s recovering from off-season back surgeries). With Luke Walton at the helm, the Warriors are off to an 11-0 start. The dominant start begs the question, could this Warriors team be better than the legendary ’96 Bulls?
The Bulls are generally recognized as one of the greatest teams ever, in any sport. Hall of Fame Coach Phil Jackson coached Hall of Fame players like Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, who were joined by Toni Kukoč and the current coach of the Warriors Steve Kerr himself. Michael and Scottie would both be on the All-NBA Team and Mike would win the MVP that season. The Bulls went undefeated in the month of January… Of course the year was capped off by a championship over the Seattle Supersonics. The Bulls lost only three games throughout the entire postseason. Utter dominance, but will all those records be beaten this year?
Before we start going into how great the Warriors are and will be this season. Stephen A. Smith foolishly compared Curry to Michael Jordan. Listen, Curry is a great player, but it is far too early in Stephen Curry’s career to be comparing him to the greatest basketball player to ever walk the Earth. But anyways, Curry has been unconscious this year. Through 11 games, he’s averaging 33.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.6 assists while shooting 51% from the field and 45% from three point range. Very Jordan-like numbers from through the first 10 games (insert “I thought it was wrong to compare him to Jordan” comments below).
The Warriors as a team are also off to a better start than those Bulls. The Bulls won their first five games, the Dubs are still undefeated through 11 games. The Warriors have been dominant in every facet of the game. Golden State is averaging a mind boggling 114 points per game and are winning games by an average of 16 points, not too shabby. They shoot 47% as a team and hold teams to 41% shooting, including a paltry 27% from three point range. I could talk about numbers all I want, but quite frankly it bores me.
Just watching the Warriors play is a thing of beauty. Just look at this exquisite ball movement. Now THAT is basketball. Steph Curry provides elite handles with limitless range. Klay Thompson is one of the better two way players in the entire league. Harrison Barnes seems to be getting better every time on the court, which is scary. Draymond Green is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, and he can also spread the court. Andre Iguodala, one of mine and Tyler’s favorite players, is still kicking and playing a massive role on this team. The depth goes on and on for the Warriors of Golden State.
Although it is still early, you can’t help but feel as though this year is going to be even more special than last year. The Warriors will eventually lose, but at this point, the Bulls’ seemingly unbreakable record is in serious danger. Is Curry comparable to Jordan? No. But could Curry’s team this year be better than Jordan’s ’96 Bulls? Yes. I doubt the absolute tear they’ve been on can last, but they’ll still be an elite team this whole year. The Dubs are the outright favorite to repeat as NBA champions. Chef Curry is cooking up something special at Oracle Arena.