The Golden State Warriors are having a down year. Of course, most teams in the NBA would kill for one of the Warriors’ “down years.” That’s how dominant they’ve been.
Since the 2014-2015 season, the Golden State Warriors have won a championship, reached two NBA Finals, and set the record for the most regular season wins with 73.
In doing so, they’ve ushered the NBA into the era of three-point happy small ball. Regardless of what they do in the upcoming NBA Playoffs, the Warriors three-year run has been nothing short of dominate.
Golden State is on pace to win 65 games this season. If they do finish with 65 victories it will be their lowest total of Ws since the 2013-2014 season.
At the time of writing this article, the Warriors are 57-14 with 11 games left.
If they finish like I think they will, then the Warriors will have assessed 205 wins to just 41 losses in three seasons. That’s a winning percentage of .833.
With three weeks left in the 2016-2017 schedule, there are already nine teams with 41 or more losses.
If the Philadelphia 76ers pick up five more victories before the season ends, then they will have won 205 games… in their last eight seasons.
Of the Warriors 196 current regular season wins (remember, the 205 wins I used above is a projection), 51 were by 20 or more points and 129 were by 10 or more points.
In the last three seasons, the Los Angeles Lakers have 58 total victories (again, that’s not counting their final 11 games of the 2016-2017 season, but even so, the Warriors almost have as many wins by 20 or more points than some teams have wins).
During this era of dominance, the Warriors have posted ten winning streaks of seven or more games. They have five winning streaks of ten or more games and one winning streak of 24 games.
During that same stretch, teams have failed to win 24 games in an entire season 11 times.
From the 2014-2015 season onward, the Warriors have lost consecutive games just 5 times. Their longest losing streak has been three.
They’ve led the league in scoring each of the past three seasons. In fact, this season, they’re averaging 116 points and that’s higher than what they averaged in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.
During the last three seasons, the Warriors have failed to score 100 or more points in a mere 26 games. They’ve failed to score 90 points just eight times.
They’ve scored 120 or more points on 75 occasions. They are 74-1 when they score 120 or more points. They are 139-8 when scoring 110 or more points—four of those eight loses were in overtime.
To put the Warriors ability to score in perspective, the Utah Jazz, who are the fourth seed in the Western Conference, and hold the sixth best record in the entire NBA, have failed to score 80 points five times this season.
Currently, the Warriors are leading the NBA in the following categories:
- Points per game
- Assists per game
- Blocks per game
- Steals per game
- Field goal percentage
- Offensive rating
- Net rating
- Fast break points per game
- Field goal percentage on drives
- Catch & shoot points per game
- Points from assists per game
- Potential assists
- Deflections per game
- Loose balls recovered per game
- Screen assists per game
- Restricted area field goal percentage
- Effective field goal percentage
The Warriors will ultimately be judged by the number of banners hanging in their rafters.
Even if they fail to collect another ring, the Warriors of 2014-2015 to 2016-2017 are still one of the most dominate regular season teams, in any sport, of all-time.