The business end of the season is nearing and the debate on who will claim the NBA Championship for 2017/18 is heating up. Continuing our look at the contenders, we put forth five arguments why the Warriors will again be crowned the league’s best.
1 Talent, talent and more talent
It’s no surprise a team possessing the talent the Warriors do is again right in contention for the NBA championship. They had four players compete in the All-Star game this year. The most any other team had was two.
What’s most impressive is how well they fit together. Kevin Durant is and always will be a superstar. Same goes for Steph Curry. Klay Thompson is one of the purest shooters in the league and Draymond Green will give you a bit of everything and a lot of energy. Somehow, they all still influence the game in their own way and as long as they continue to do that they will be difficult to stop come playoff time.
2 A high-scoring machine
Ultimately, if a team scores more points, they will win. Golden State seem to do that better than anyone else in the league. They lead the league in points per game, field goal percentage, 3-point percentage and free throw percentage. Not only do the Warriors score more points than the rest of the league, they do it more efficiently, too. It’s hard to see them losing a series if they continue outscoring their opponents every night.
3 Underrated defense
Golden State currently average 7.8 blocks per game. The next closest team is Toronto with 6.0. With all the offensive talent the Warriors have, their quality defense flies under the radar.
Durant has become an elite rim protector averaging just under two blocks per game, good for fourth best in the league. Green, JaVale McGee, David West and Jordan Bell all contribute at least one block per game. They say defense wins championships and the Warriors may very well be on their way to doing that if their rearguard stays strong.
4 Unselfish team play
Along with leading the NBA in scoring in nearly every way imaginable, the Warriors also lead the league in assists at 30.2 assists per game. They love feeding each other and sharing the basketball around to find the open man.
When such elite shooters and talented players like Curry, Durant and Thompson share the ball so willingly it spreads throughout the team and everyone looks to make the extra pass. They say sharing is caring; for the Warriors, it will also mean winning.
5 Championship experience
I don’t know the exact correlation between championship games played and win probability, however it is impossible to ignore the fact the Warriors know how to win it all. As the reigning champions they know exactly what it takes to go all the way.
The same can’t be said about their main challengers in Houston, Boston and Toronto. Postseason basketball goes up a level compared to the regular season and the NBA Finals are another level still. When it gets to that point, some teams may be overwhelmed by the moment. Not Golden State, they've been there and done that.
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